Happy Birthday Ben!!!

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Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby Stephen K » Sat May 10, 2014 12:56 pm

Happy Birthday dear friend! :smile:
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Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby bodom » Sat May 10, 2014 1:35 pm

Happy birthday Ben!!!!

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby melancholy » Sat May 10, 2014 3:48 pm

Ben wrote: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.


that is definitely something to celebrate :) 29 years in dhamma! sadhu! sadhu!! and may it be more!

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Power can make things disappear, so does me :D

Then the Blessed One said to Ven. Ananda, "Now, if it occurs to any of you — 'The teaching has lost its authority; we are without a Teacher' — do not view it in that way. Whatever Dhamma & Vinaya I have pointed out & formulated for you, that will be your Teacher when I am gone.

-Dīgha Nikāya 16, Mahāparinibbāna Sutta
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wATCH yOUR tV, fOLLOW fASHION, aCT nORMAL;
pAY yOUR tAXES, pAY yOUR bILLS, oBEY tHE lAW;
aND rEPEAT aFTER mE: "i aM fREE."
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Re: Happy Birthday Ben!!!

Postby Reductor » Sat May 10, 2014 8:02 pm

Hooray! It's a great day!

Happy birthday, Ben.
Michael

The thoughts I've expressed in the above post are carefully considered and offered in good faith.

And friendliness towards the world is happiness for him who is forbearing with living beings. -- Ud. 2:1
To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72

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