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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Ben » Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:22 pm

To one of our favourite kiwis.

Happy Bir(d)thday Blackbird!

Many happy returns today!

I hope its a good one.
metta

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:27 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! ! !
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby pink_trike » Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:38 pm

Happy Birthday, Blackbird!
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Aloka » Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:03 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD !

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:31 pm

Indeed... have a good one!

:hello:

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Retro. :)
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)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby zavk » Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:47 pm

Happy Birthday, friend!
With metta,
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:35 pm

May Wisdom develop with Calm,
May Calm develop with Wisdom,
May this year be fruitful for all.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Guy » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:12 am

Happy Birthday! :twothumbsup:
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1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Jechbi » Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:48 am

Happy happy birthday -

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Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby James the Giant » Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:26 am

Cheerful Birthday! How old are you?
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
SN 9.11
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby cooran » Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:34 am

Happy Birthday and a productive year ahead! :group:

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby BlackBird » Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:55 am

Hello all

Thank you very much for the birthday wishes :group: :D

I started my 19th birthday with a job interview, which was a breeze - I got the job :D
Lunch with the family, a big cake and a visit to the botanical gardens.
Then to polish things off I met up with the local meditation group and we had a good sit and a good talk (I also gave them the dhammawheel web address)

It was a great day

Hope you all had a great day too!

:anjali:
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Ben » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:35 am

Sound like you had a real cracker of a day!
I look forward to some of your Dunedin Dhamma-friends joining us here!
metta

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Individual » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:30 am

Happy birthday.
The best things in life aren't things.

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby clw_uk » Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:39 pm

Happy Birthday dude


:twothumbsup: :toast:




p.s. good luck with the interview



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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Prasadachitta » Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:44 pm

Happy Birthday
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Dhammabodhi » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:00 pm

Happy Birthday, friend!! May you be über peaceful and happy!

And congratulations for the job!!! :woohoo:
-Samāhitam cittam yathābhutam pajānāti.

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A concentrated mind sees things as they really are.

-Ujuko nāma so maggo, abhayā nāma sā disā.

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby PeterB » Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:06 pm

19 ! I can just about remember it...Hope you had a good day. Live long and help prosper the Dhamma.

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby Annapurna » Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:34 pm

:toast: :group:

Happy B day!
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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLACKBIRD!

Postby dragonwarrior » Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:19 pm

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY JACK! :clap:
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