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Hello from Australia

Postby Guy » Fri May 22, 2009 4:41 am

Hello,

I have been listening to dhamma talks on the internet, reading some of the suttas and meditating on and off for a few months now but haven't put forth any effort to make spiritual friends. I am beginning to understand what the Buddha meant when he told Ananada that kalyana-mitta is not half but the WHOLE of the holy life.

It would be nice for others to help point out where I might be going off track since I know now that sometimes my own seemingly good ideas don't always work out as intended. Also I have noticed more and more that "regular" friends tend to pull me away from the path and, whether or not it's their intention, into desire, ill-will and delusion. Not only this, but my own unenlightened attempts to help others out of their trouble sometimes not only doesn't work but gets me in trouble too! :cookoo:

So here I am, looking for spiritual friends. I am sure that I will learn a lot here and hopefully others will benefit from me too.

With Metta,

Guy
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby Ben » Fri May 22, 2009 5:46 am

Welcome Guy
We're all practicing the path as best we can according to our understanding, our kamma and merits. Take your time to read and participate in the discussion threads and this will be your best guide, here at Dhamma Wheel, where and who to approach for something more suited to your particular situation. Dhamma Wheel is a pretty friendly and fairly relaxed environment and I hope it meets at least some of your needds.
Metta

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby zavk » Fri May 22, 2009 6:01 am

Welcome Guy.
With metta,
zavk

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby retrofuturist » Fri May 22, 2009 6:39 am

Greetings and welcome from Melbourne!

:hello:

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby MMK23 » Fri May 22, 2009 7:38 am

So many ostrayuns! Greetings from Brisbane, the biggest country town in the world.

:smile:

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby cooran » Fri May 22, 2009 10:08 am

MMK23 wrote:So many ostrayuns! Greetings from Brisbane, the biggest country town in the world.

:smile:


And Logan City has just become the most multi-cultural city in the world. 170 to 190 different ethnic groups. Go Queensland! Go the banana-benders! :woohoo:

and Welcome Guy!! :group: - you're lucky to be near Ajahn Brahmavamso and able to attend his teachings.

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby Rui Sousa » Fri May 22, 2009 4:40 pm

Welcome,

:hello:
With Metta

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby Cittasanto » Fri May 22, 2009 7:35 pm

Hi :hello:
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 23, 2009 4:14 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

Another from Down Under?! Australia is becoming the 'Western India' (even though it is East of India). :smile:

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby Guy » Sat May 23, 2009 6:01 am

Thank you all for the warm welcome, I feel at home here already.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby mikenz66 » Sat May 23, 2009 7:36 am

Welcome Guy, :hello:
TheDhamma wrote:Another from Down Under?! Australia is becoming the 'Western India' (even though it is East of India).

Hmm, we sometimes affectionately refer to Australia as the "West Island".... :thinking:

Mike

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Re: Hello from Australia

Postby Dhammabodhi » Sat May 23, 2009 11:15 pm

A warm welcome to you too, Guy! Be it Down Under or India or US, we are all the same! As Asimov has said:
"There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don't come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity."
-Samāhitam cittam yathābhutam pajānāti.

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A concentrated mind sees things as they really are.

-Ujuko nāma so maggo, abhayā nāma sā disā.

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