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Christmas greetings

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:03 pm

Merry Christmas everyone!

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“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: Christmas greetings

Postby Dan74 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:17 pm

Thanks, Ben!

Merry Christmas from Melbourne!!

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:24 pm

Merry Christmas! :smile:
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:29 pm

Merry Christmas! Buon natale! Feliz navidad!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Babadhari » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:20 pm

subh krisamas!! :group:
Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Hickersonia » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:26 pm

Merry Christmas, indeed, friends. May you all be well! :anjali:

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Taijitu » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:50 pm

Merry Christmas!

Unfettered at last, a traveling monk,
I pass the old Zen barrier.
Mine is a traceless stream-and-cloud life,
Of these mountains, which shall be my home?
Manan (1591-1654)

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Aloka » Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:19 pm

Merry Christmas to everyone from the UK !


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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby m0rl0ck » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:06 pm

Bah Humbug, i loathe xmas. Tho it is nice to have a day off :)
"When you meditate, don't send your mind outside. Don't fasten onto any knowledge at all. Whatever knowledge you've gained from books or teachers, don't bring it in to complicate things. Cut away all preoccupations, and then as you meditate let all your knowledge come from what's going on in the mind. When the mind is quiet, you'll know it for yourself. But you have to keep meditating a lot. When the time comes for things to develop, they'll develop on their own. Whatever you know, have it come from your own mind. ... eleft.html

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:08 pm

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Deck Us All With Boston Charlie by Walt Kelly:

    Deck us all with Boston Charlie,

    Walla Walla, Wash, and Kalamazoo!

    Nora's freezin' on the trolley,

    Swaller dollar cauliflower Alleygaroo!

    Don't we know archaic barrel, Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou.

    Trolley Molly don't love Harold, Boola Boola Pensacoola Hullabaloo!

    Bark us all bow-wows of folly, Polly wolly cracker n too-da-loo!

    Donkey Bonny brays a carol, Antelope cantaloup, 'lope with you!

    Hunky Dory's pop is lolly gaggin' on the wagon, Willy, folly go through!

    Chollie's collie barks at Barrow, Harum scarum five alarum bung-a-loo!

    Duck us all in bowls of barley, Ninky dinky dink an' polly voo!

    Chilly Filly's name is Chollie, Chollie Filly's jolly chilly view halloo!

    Bark us all bow-wows of folly, Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, Woof, Woof!

    Tizzy seas on melon collie! Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, Goof, Goof!
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Sam Vara » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:19 pm

Merry Christmas everybody!

Peace on earth, and goodwill to all beings.

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:29 pm

¡Feliz Navidad!

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby cooran » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:48 pm

Have a very merry Aussie Xmas!
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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Kare » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:30 pm

God Jul!

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:53 pm

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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)

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: Christmas greetings

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:06 am

Merry Christmas from Aotearoa, New Zealand



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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby plwk » Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:25 am


Seasons Greetings from The Office & Board of Directors of His Furriness Shiro I
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

Anguttara-Nikaya: Ekanipata: Ekadhammapali: Pañhamavagga

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby pilgrim » Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:38 am

Happy Buddhamas to all..

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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby manas » Wed Dec 25, 2013 1:49 am

Thanks, Ben. And a Happy Christmas to you also, and to all (virtually) assembled here. Nice picture, by the way. Might be nice to pack a kayak, catch the Spirit and head over at some stage...(As I understand it, Tassie has most of Australia's fresh water rivers, is that correct?)


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Re: Christmas greetings

Postby Justsit » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:22 am

Merry Christmas to friends around the world, from frozen Delaware, where the wind chill right now is around -7C and dropping. The woodstove is cranking and the hot chocolate is on; best wishes to all.


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