HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN O'LOUGHLIN ! !

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN O'LOUGHLIN ! !

Postby Tex » Sun May 09, 2010 9:58 pm

Happy birthday, Ben!

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Postby retrofuturist » Sun May 09, 2010 10:45 pm

Greetings Ben,

Happy birthday, and thanks as always for your efforts here.

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Postby BubbaBuddhist » Sun May 09, 2010 11:37 pm

Happy birthday Ben.

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Postby zavk » Sun May 09, 2010 11:38 pm

Happy Birthday, Ben!
With metta,
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Postby Dhammabodhi » Mon May 10, 2010 12:17 am

Happy Birthday, dear Ben!

Your compassion and insight are major pillars of this forum! May you find liberation in this very life!!
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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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Postby BlackBird » Mon May 10, 2010 12:24 am

Sorry if I'm a bit late to the party Ben, but Happy Birthday. You're a real asset to this place and to Buddhism in general.

Hope you have a good one.
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Postby sukhamanveti » Mon May 10, 2010 1:02 am

***Happy Birthday, Ben!***

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Sīlaṃ balaṃ appaṭimaṃ.
Sīlaṃ āvudhamuttamaṃ.
Sīlamābharaṇaṃ seṭṭhaṃ.
Sīlaṃ kavacamabbhutaṃ.


Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.

Theragatha 614


Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā,
Sacittapariyodapanaṃ,
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.


Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.

Dhammapada v. 183/14.5

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Postby Guy » Mon May 10, 2010 9:27 am

Happy Birthday Ben!

I am very grateful for all the help and support you have given me answering my beginnerish questions in the short time I have been visiting DhammaWheel. May you live a long time so that you can help out lots of new people finding their legs in the Dhamma.
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Postby Sanghamitta » Mon May 10, 2010 2:47 pm

Happy birthday Ben.... :clap:
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Postby Aloka » Mon May 10, 2010 4:50 pm

Happy Birthday Ben !

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Postby acinteyyo » Mon May 10, 2010 5:30 pm

Happy Birthday Ben!!! :group:
Pubbe cāhaṃ bhikkhave, etarahi ca dukkhañceva paññāpemi, dukkhassa ca nirodhaṃ. (M.22)
Api cāhaṃ, āvuso, imasmiṃyeva byāmamatte kaḷevare, sasaññimhi samanake lokañca paññāpemi lokasamudayañca lokanirodhañca lokanirodhagāminiñca paṭipadan. (AN4.45)

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Postby christopher::: » Mon May 10, 2010 11:59 pm

Hope you had a great day Ben...!

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Postby Sekha » Tue May 11, 2010 12:00 am

happy birthday : )

I enjoyed your kind, concise and precise contributions to this forum

may you be rewarded with deeper and deeper understanding of the reality as it is

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Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN O'LOUGHLIN ! !

Postby Ben » Tue May 11, 2010 2:58 am

Thank you all for your kind words and birthday wishes.
Thank you too for your companionship on this most extraordinary path.
However meagre my merits, I dedicate them to you all.
lots of metta

Ben
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Postby alan » Tue May 11, 2010 5:52 am

Thank you for your wise council, Ben. I'm trying to follow your example.
Best to you,
Alan.

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Postby woini » Tue May 11, 2010 9:11 pm

Happy belated birthday!


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