Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

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Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:36 pm

Than Don (Gatasaro Bhikkhu), a kalyana-mitta, friend of mine here in Las Vegas has just ordained! He has been married, raised kids, all grown-up, done everything that needs to be done, worked in many professions including black jack dealer as one of his most recent ones.

Now he is a monk! I have known him for some time. He has attended Dhamma programs at my center and he was greatly inspired by Ajahn Brahm when Ajahn Brahm came to Las Vegas and led a program at my center.

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby Bakmoon » Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:41 pm

Saadhu! Saadhu! Saadhu!
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
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Postby plwk » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:05 pm

Maha Sadhu :thumbsup:
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:10 pm

May he attain liberation!
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby perkele » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:14 pm

Sadhu!
May he fare well!

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Postby LG2V » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:21 pm

Sadhu! :anjali:
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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby Ben » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:10 pm

Congratulations and Mudita!

May Gatasaro Bhikkhu attain the deathless in this very life.
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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby manas » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:09 am

Sounds like a very wise career move. :D

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby Gatasaro Bhikku » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:38 am

Thank you for the welcome. I am now a one month-old monk. This has been one of the best things I've ever done. It's been a great experience so far, even if the most challenging. I congratulate you all on finding the right path. A wonderful life.

Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.

Than Don

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby BlackBird » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:40 am

Sadhu Bhante!

I wish you a long and storied time in the robes :)
May you achieve nibbana in no time at all!

This has made me feel quite happy - I guess that's what you could call Mudita.

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby kilanta » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:48 pm

Gatasaro Bhikku wrote:Thank you for the welcome. I am now a one month-old monk. This has been one of the best things I've ever done. It's been a great experience so far, even if the most challenging. I congratulate you all on finding the right path. A wonderful life.


What an inspiring career move, Bhante. May I ask you where are you ordained? I think I see some thai script there.

PS: Hopefully you cope well with the fact that you're most likely going to be known as "that black jack dealer bhikkhu" for all internet eternity.

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby pilgrim » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:14 am

Gatasaro Bhikku wrote:Thank you for the welcome. I am now a one month-old monk. This has been one of the best things I've ever done. It's been a great experience so far, even if the most challenging. I congratulate you all on finding the right path. A wonderful life.

Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.

Than Don

Sadhu...in a couple of months, you'll be a 1 vassa bhikkhu. :anjali:

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby SarathW » Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:31 am

Congratulations!
You will be an inspiration to most of us.
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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby Gatasaro Bhikku » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:38 pm

Kilanta, I was ordained in Turner, Oregon at Wat Buddha Oregon. The first picture is of my abbot, Ajahn Chalee, one of the most respected teachers of Vipassana meditation, and the other is Ajahn Suben, abbot of Wat Buddha Oregon. My upacaya was the president of the Thai Bhikkus USA Association, so I got that going for me.

Thank you all for your kind words.

Blessings to all.

Than Don

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:58 pm

This past weekend we had a program at my place. I led the small group in meditation and dedicated the event to S. N. Goenka and we did a vedanā-meditation in respect to him. Then Bhikkhu Gatasaro came and gave a Dhamma talk.

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:20 pm

Greetings bhante,

Congratulations on your ordination. :twothumbsup:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby Sanjay PS » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:03 am

This is all so very nice and inspiring .

May our hearts always be stirred in time.........

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Postby Hickersonia » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:39 pm

Awesome and inspiring indeed! :anjali:

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby Gatasaro Bhikku » Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:52 pm

What a beautiful day in a beautiful setting with beautiful people. The pleasure was certainly mine. I look forward to many more visits in the future.

My thanks to David for inviting me and for his confidence in my understanding of the Dhamma. We are off to a very good start.

Ajahn Don

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Re: Black jack dealer to Bhikkhu

Postby villkorkarma » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:40 pm

I Believe its good karma to just be able to sit with the Sangha day in and Days out many times. :anjali:
one suffer because one hasnt existed long : )


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