Season's Greetings...

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Season's Greetings...

Postby pink_trike » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:51 pm

I hope everyone has a pleasant and light-hearted holiday season!


Since things neither exist nor don't exist,
are neither real nor unreal,
are utterly beyond adopting and rejecting -
one might as well burst out laughing.

Longchenpa Rabjampa
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Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen


Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.

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Re: Season's Greetings...

Postby Guy » Fri Dec 25, 2009 2:22 am

Same to you, friend! Merry Christmas!
Four types of letting go:

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

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Season's Greetings...

Postby bodom » Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:18 am

Merry christmas!

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: Season's Greetings...

Postby Tex » Fri Dec 25, 2009 5:13 am

Hadn't heard that quote before, thanks for sharing.

Best wishes to all.
"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement." -- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Re: Season's Greetings...

Postby notself » Fri Dec 25, 2009 5:25 am

Merry Christmas to all on this wonderful forum. May we all grow in skill and metta.
Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he is indeed the noblest victor who conquers himself. ---Dhp 103

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Re: Season's Greetings...

Postby withoutcolour » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:31 am

Merry Christmas!
May the Triple Gem bring you comfort this holiday season.
And may everyone show metta to their crazy drunken uncles. :)
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sabbe sattā sukhita hontu

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Re: Season's Greetings...

Postby Annapurna » Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:31 am

Merry Chrristmas to all! :group:

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Re: Season's Greetings...

Postby Fede » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:45 pm

so, how did it go, for one and all? :popcorn:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D

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