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Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:29 am

Greetings,

A quick note to bring to your intention a recently formed Facebook group started by a Dhamma friend of mine...

The Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48054011290

A nice little fan page for those interested in the Dhamma as taught by the Buddha who have much regard for those such as Bhikkhu Bodhi who have meticulously translated the Buddha's words from Pali to English for the benefit of sentient beings so that they may practice in accordance with the instructions of their teacher.

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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi

Postby Will » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:48 pm

Here is his monastery site; another source for his teachings:

http://www.bodhimonastery.net/bm/
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby Individual » Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:32 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

A quick note to bring to your intention a recently formed Facebook group started by a Dhamma friend of mine...

The Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48054011290

A nice little fan page for those interested in the Dhamma as taught by the Buddha who have much regard for those such as Bhikkhu Bodhi who have meticulously translated the Buddha's words from Pali to English for the benefit of sentient beings so that they may practice in accordance with the instructions of their teacher.

Metta,
Retro. :)

If Bhikkhu Bodhi is a humble monk, he should say, "Thanks but I don't require the encouragement. You should appreciate all the monks, even those who are less well-known, who work just as hard but don't have their names on the front pages of Buddhist publications, or are the heads of Buddhist organizations, yet are no more or less worthy of appreciation."

And if Bhikkhu Bodhi does not say this, then in that case, he especially does not need to be encouraged.
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:09 pm

Hi Individual,

Individual wrote:If Bhikkhu Bodhi is a humble monk, he should say, "Thanks but I don't require the encouragement. You should appreciate all the monks, even those who are less well-known, who work just as hard but don't have their names on the front pages of Buddhist publications, or are the heads of Buddhist organizations, yet are no more or less worthy of appreciation."

And if Bhikkhu Bodhi does not say this, then in that case, he especially does not need to be encouraged.


Goodness, what sourness! Did you get out of the wrong side of the bed today?

The Buddha commended gratitude. If a group of grateful Buddhists want to club together and jointly express their gratitude, discouraging this is the very last thing Bhikkhu Bodhi (or anyone else) would want to do.

Best wishes,
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby Will » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:42 pm

Individual: If Bhikkhu Bodhi is a humble monk, he should say, "Thanks but I don't require the encouragement. You should appreciate all the monks, even those who are less well-known, who work just as hard but don't have their names on the front pages of Buddhist publications, or are the heads of Buddhist organizations, yet are no more or less worthy of appreciation."

And if Bhikkhu Bodhi does not say this, then in that case, he especially does not need to be encouraged.

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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby kc2dpt » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:49 pm

Individual wrote:If Bhikkhu Bodhi is a humble monk, he should say, "Thanks but I don't require the encouragement.

Who said it was for encouragement? It says it's for showing appreciation. And as Ven. D said, The Buddha commended gratitude.

FWIW, having interacted with him many time, Ven. Bodhi seemed to me a very humble man. One of the most humble people I know. Soft-spoken and thoughtful too.

Actually, seeing that photo of him suddenly reminded me how much I miss him. I should make time to visit him soon. Maybe I can get to one of his lectures.
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:16 pm

Please do, Peter!
It is a wonderful opportunity that you have living so close to Venerable.
He is truly remarkable and I am grateful to him for making the Buddha's teaching more accessible to me.

However inconsequential they may be, may Venerable Bodhi share in my merits.
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby Individual » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:40 pm

Dhammanando wrote:Hi Individual,

Individual wrote:If Bhikkhu Bodhi is a humble monk, he should say, "Thanks but I don't require the encouragement. You should appreciate all the monks, even those who are less well-known, who work just as hard but don't have their names on the front pages of Buddhist publications, or are the heads of Buddhist organizations, yet are no more or less worthy of appreciation."

And if Bhikkhu Bodhi does not say this, then in that case, he especially does not need to be encouraged.


Goodness, what sourness! Did you get out of the wrong side of the bed today?

The Buddha commended gratitude. If a group of grateful Buddhists want to club together and jointly express their gratitude, discouraging this is the very last thing Bhikkhu Bodhi (or anyone else) would want to do.

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu

Not sour. Encouraging greater appreciation, not less.

In addition to the Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society, it would be good to have a Dhammanando Appreciation Society, don't you think? And an Appicchato Appreciation Society, and a Nananda Appreciation Society, and many, many more.

Then, once there are all these societies, they could all get together and form a Parliament, in order to discuss why they think each is most respectably worthy of appreciation, and to encourage greater unity and tolerance between them. :smile:
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:08 pm

is there a Thanissaro one?
I enjoy Bodhis writing but I prefer Thanisseros Speaking style
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby Ben » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:46 am

Individual wrote:In addition to the Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society, it would be good to have a Dhammanando Appreciation Society, don't you think? And an Appicchato Appreciation Society, and a Nananda Appreciation Society, and many, many more.


Actually, that's what Dhammawheel is! But not just an appreciation society for Ajahn and our venerable kalyanmittas, but more importantly, a Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha appreciation society!
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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.

Sutta Nipata 3.725


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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby Individual » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:49 am

Ben wrote:
Individual wrote:In addition to the Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society, it would be good to have a Dhammanando Appreciation Society, don't you think? And an Appicchato Appreciation Society, and a Nananda Appreciation Society, and many, many more.


Actually, that's what Dhammawheel is! But not just an appreciation society for Ajahn and our venerable kalyanmittas, but more importantly, a Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha appreciation society!
Metta

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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby appicchato » Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:47 am

Individual wrote:And an Appicchato Appreciation Society.


With this wayward lad, one would have to dig long, and deep... :focus:
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:51 am

speaking of BB
can one go do retreats with him?

living as far as i am from the rest of america ANYWHERE is a trip, a long trip. pretty much like traveling to another country, so i cant just pop in and meet famous monks or whatever you would want to call Bodhi, or Thanisarro. but i wouldnt mind meeting them, meditating and listening to some talks.
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Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi Appreciation Society (on Facebook)

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:52 am

appicchato wrote:
Individual wrote:And an Appicchato Appreciation Society.


With this wayward lad, one would have to dig long, and deep... :focus:


doesnt the hard work make it more worthwhile though? :jumping:
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