Happy Birthday Ben!!!

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Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby cooran » Fri May 09, 2014 10:58 pm

Hello Ben,

Hope you have a great birthday and a wonderful, happy year to come. :group:

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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Postby David N. Snyder » Fri May 09, 2014 11:04 pm

Happy Birthday ! ! !

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Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri May 09, 2014 11:47 pm

Happy Birthday, Ben! :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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Postby Kim OHara » Fri May 09, 2014 11:49 pm

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Happy birthday, Ben, and may all your days be as beautiful as this.


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Postby Virgo » Sat May 10, 2014 12:18 am

Happy B-day Ben! :anjali:

:group: :woohoo:
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Postby Paul Davy » Sat May 10, 2014 12:33 am

Greetings Ben,

Hope you're having a great day!

Retro. :)
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Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby Weakfocus » Sat May 10, 2014 12:55 am

Happy birthday, Ben ji!
May your life be full of happiness.

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Postby SarathW » Sat May 10, 2014 1:11 am

Happy birthday Ben.
Have a great day with your family!

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Postby SDC » Sat May 10, 2014 2:26 am

Happy Birthday, Ben! Hope you have a terrific day!

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Postby appicchato » Sat May 10, 2014 2:28 am

Happy birthday Ben.
Have a great day with your family!


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Postby tiltbillings » Sat May 10, 2014 2:31 am


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

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Postby plwk » Sat May 10, 2014 4:17 am

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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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Postby sattva » Sat May 10, 2014 6:17 am

I feel like there should be music and dancing for your birthday, Ben and definitely cake. Lots of it!!!

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Postby robdog » Sat May 10, 2014 8:16 am

Many happy returns Ben :smile:

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat May 10, 2014 10:14 am

Happy Birthday Ben! Wishing you all the best!
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Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby melancholy » Sat May 10, 2014 10:18 am

also, don't forget "jātipi dukkhā": birth is suffering! ;)
Power can make things disappear, so does me :D

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-Dīgha Nikāya 16, Mahāparinibbāna Sutta

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Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby Crazy cloud » Sat May 10, 2014 11:18 am

haaaaapppppppyyyyyy .... :)

your name Mori means forest like the infinite fresh green distances of your blindness

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Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby Ben » Sat May 10, 2014 12:06 pm

Dear friends,
Thank you all for your kind wishes.
Unfortunately, I didn't spend the day with family as I am working on site.
Still, it was a good day - some of which I spent sharing this unique wilderness
And it's wildlife with visitors. Even this evening, I attended a dying wombat that had been hit by a car.
While the event was sad, as a result I met some remarkable people.
Today also marks the 29th anniversary of taking refuge for the first time and my 'homecoming' to the Dhamma.
Not a day goes by when I do not think of the great effect it has had on my life and the gratitude I have towards the Buddha, the Sangha and my teacher.
Thank you all for your friendship and your kind wishes!
With metta,
“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.
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