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Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Carl » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:26 am

Hello fellow travellers on the path.
I have been practicing meditation for 4 years as taught by SN.Goenka and I endeavour to live a Dhamma life even though this society is geared to go in the opposite direction. I see this in particular with my children who are bombarded with things that stimulate the senses and cement the cycle of cravings and aversions. Whatever happened to a tin can and a stick in the dirt?
I don’t profess to have great knowledge about the teachings of the Buddha but I do endeavour to keep my focus on the quality of my thoughts, actions and words.

Be Happy


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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Ben » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:32 am

Hi Carl

Its great to see you here finally!
Another Ballarat person, and one of my co-meditators!

There's lots of great discussions here and good people to exchange ideas with.
I think you will enjoy it here.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Dhammanando » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:47 am

Hello Carl,

Thanks for joining us. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby genkaku » Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:50 pm

Welcome Carl. Hope you find something useful here.

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby AdvaitaJ » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:09 pm

Welcome aboard!

The birds have vanished down the sky. Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:33 pm


To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:02 pm


I like Ballarat... it's old school.

Retro. :)
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:03 am

“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:33 am

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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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