HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby Ben » Sat May 08, 2010 9:50 pm

Today is Mothers Day in Australia.

While you might think of Mothers Day to be an artificial "Hallmark" occassion, I think its a worthwhile opportunity to extend loving-kindness. sympathetic joy, compassion and gratitude to those people who are so close to us: our mothers, wives, sisters and friends.

Also, please join me in wishing 'Happy Mothers Day' to the mothers amongst us here on Dhamma Wheel.
Whether its Mothers Day where you live, I hope you have a wonderful day.
metta

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Re: HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby bodom » Sat May 08, 2010 10:03 pm

Happy Mothers Day!

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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 MOTHERS DAY

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 08, 2010 10:17 pm

(in the U.S. too)

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY ! !

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Re: HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby cooran » Sat May 08, 2010 10:24 pm

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Just one point .... if you are sending a mobile text wishing someone a happy mothers' day .... sign the darn thing so the poor mother doesn't have to send back a text saying "Thank-you, but who are you?" :jumping:

This happened to me this a.m. .... not one of my kids numbers ... not a number I know. Hopefully not a sales gimmick.
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Re: HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby Annapurna » Sat May 08, 2010 10:40 pm

In loving memory of my mother, Rosl.

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Postby retrofuturist » Sat May 08, 2010 11:39 pm

Greetings,

Congratulations to the mothers out there and thank you for the effort you put into raising and developing your children into good, well-rounded human beings.

Itivuttaka - 106
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"Living with Brahma are those families where, in the home, mother & father are revered by the children. Living with the first devas are those families where, in the home, mother & father are revered by the children. Living with the first teachers are those families where, in the home, mother & father are revered by the children. Living with those worthy of gifts are those families where, in the home, mother & father are revered by the children. 'Brahma' is a designation for mother & father. 'The first devas' is a designation for mother & father. 'The first teachers' is a designation for mother & father. 'Those worthy of gifts' is a designation for mother & father. Why is that? Mother & father do much for their children. They care for them, nourish them, introduce them to this world."

Mother & father,
compassionate to their family,
are called
Brahma,
first teachers,
those worthy of gifts
from their children.
So the wise should pay them
homage,
honor
with food & drink
clothing & bedding
anointing & bathing
& washing their feet.
Performing these services to their parents,
the wise
are praised right here
and after death
rejoice in heaven.

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby adosa » Sun May 09, 2010 2:06 pm

Absolutely!! As Ben said this a great day to reflect on our lives and remember everything little thing our mothers did for us. When I look back I'm amazed at how selfless my mother was raising three boys. Sadhu, Mom! Even today, what with her being raised a devout Lutheran, she hasn't shown one shred of judgement when I talk to her about the teaching of the Buddha. In fact when I get discouraged, she's the one I talk to and she always encourages me to keep pressing onward. I know there is a spot in one of the higher realms for her.

Retro....one my favorite Suttas as a lay-follower.

Annapurna, that is a beautiful photo of your mom. I'm sure lineage continues.


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Re: HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby gavesako » Sun May 09, 2010 4:36 pm

"Remember the tears, the milk, the blood, the journeying-on (samsara) as being without beginning and end; remember the heap of bones of beings who are journeying-on. Remember the four oceans compared with the tears, milk and blood; remember the heap of bones (of one man) for one eon, (as) equal (in size) to Mount Vepula." (Therigatha 496-497)

"Journeying-on" is samsara. In the lines beginning "Remember the four oceans compared," Bhikkhuni Sumedha is reminding her family of a discourse which they must have heard from the Buddha. Each of us, the Buddha tells us, has shed vast oceans of tears over the loss of loved ones. During all these lifetimes, as the verse declares, we have drunk seas and seas of mother's milk, and the blood that was shed when violent death ended our lives also amounts to an immeasurable volume.

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Re: HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby Annapurna » Sun May 09, 2010 5:12 pm

adosa wrote:
Annapurna, that is a beautiful photo of your mom. I'm sure lineage continues.


adosa :smile:


Thank you, Adosa for complimenting my mother. Not sure what "lineage continues" means, you mean it shows in her children?

This is me, but I don't look like her, I think. Her oldest grandson looks a lot like her!

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Re: HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby adosa » Sun May 09, 2010 5:23 pm

Hi Annapurna,

Well from the two photos the resemblance is strikingly similar.


Kind regards,


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Re: HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Postby tiltbillings » Sun May 09, 2010 5:32 pm

Thanks mom.
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