Winter Solstice

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Winter Solstice

Postby mirco » Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:33 am

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Welcome, dear Sun!


Happy Winter Solstice!

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as ‘concentration’, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps ‘unification’ is a better rendition, as samadhi means ‘to bring together’. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It’s a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience."

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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 7:48 am

Summer solstice over here... :thinking:

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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby cooran » Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:15 am

Same here in Brisbane, Mike. We're going to have a couple of days at 98 F ( or 35 C) in the next week.
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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby Taijitu » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:39 am

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Welcome, dear Sun!


Happy Winter Solstice!


What a nice picture. Thanks mirco.

I like your sig as well.
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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:49 pm

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This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80

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People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:27 pm

I'm in the tropics, so the sun never really goes away. :smile:
Which makes me wonder: how far from the Equator do you have to go before you find a culture that traditionally celebrates the solstices?

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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:39 pm

They celebrate it in Hong Kong, which is in the tropics (just...).

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Re: Winter Solstice

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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby mirco » Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:45 pm


"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as ‘concentration’, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps ‘unification’ is a better rendition, as samadhi means ‘to bring together’. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It’s a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience."

Bhikkhu Anālayo

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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby Justsit » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:02 am

Winter solstice in the passage of the great Neolithic tomb at Newgrange, in Ireland.

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Re: Winter Solstice

Postby Dan74 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:51 am

Not exactly a photo (made from several separate elements) but an interesting image nevertheless. Thanks, Kim.
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