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Hi from Ben

Postby Ben » Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:35 am

Hi everyone
Thanks David for starting the Dhamma Wheel and thanks to Retro for the invite.

I'm a practitioner of vipassana meditation. My teacher is SN Goenka and I took refuge for the first tme in 1985. I would describe myself as a Theravadin and my interests - apart from meditation - include understanding the Classical Mahavihara point of view and the Abhidhamma.

Over the last four years I have been serving a small community of co-practitioners in the ballarat region of Victoria, Australia by organising the weekly group-sit. Service is an important component of my Dhamma practice.
Most recently and until several days ago I was a moderator of the Theravada Forums at E-Sangha. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, my role at E-Sangha has come to an end.

I live in regional Victoria but later this month my family and I will move to Launceston in Tasmania. Its an opportunity and adventure but one that comes with some mixed emotions and a fair amount of anxiety.
I am looking forward to continuing my acquiantance with my dear friends and making new friends.
Metta

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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:38 am

Welcome Ben.

It's great to have you here, friend.

Hopefully you can help to serve others here by sharing your understandings and your calm approach to the Dhamma with us.

Metta,
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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: Hi from Ben

Postby appicchato » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:38 am

Greetings Ben,

Retro reflects my sentiments as well...good to see you here... ;)

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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby pink_trike » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:01 am

Hi Ben,

Thanks for the invite.

Thanks to the starters.

Hi everyone.

Metta,
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Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby Fede » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:58 am

We need a *wave* emoticon..... :D

Hello Ben, hello all!
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:56 pm

Ben wrote:Hi everyone
Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, my role at E-Sangha has come to an end.

I live in regional Victoria but later this month my family and I will move to Launceston in Tasmania. Its an opportunity and adventure but one that comes with some mixed emotions and a fair amount of anxiety.
I am looking forward to continuing my acquiantance with my dear friends and making new friends.

Their loss, our gain.

Tasmania? Wow, that sounds interesting. I have always liked moving; a chance to meet new people, new places, learn new things. Good luck!
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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby Fede » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:15 pm

Ben - The man to put the devil in Tasmania...... :twisted: :lol:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:33 am

Hi Pink_trike,
pink_trike wrote:Hi everyone.

Lovely to see you here.

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)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby pererin » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:48 am

Hello Ben and thank you for advising me of this forum.

Metta,

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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby christopher::: » Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:41 am

Hello Ben and everyone.

Here's a toast to the dharmic principles of CHANGE, Community and New Beginnings.

Happy New Year!!

:D
"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009
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Re: Hi from Ben

Postby Jechbi » Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:33 pm

Dear Ben,

Ben wrote:Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, my role at E-Sangha has come to an end.

Thank you for all you've done. I'm sorry to hear about what has occurred. It's great to see the beginnings of a more open-hearted forum here. I hope that regardless of what occurs with regard to your role at E-Sangha, you are able to arrive at some reconciliation with your friends there.

Metta
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But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.
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