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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby Reductor » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:21 pm

If I cross my fingers and toes, how will I walk? Haha.

Seriously though, I am wishing you loads and loads of good fortune, both for the trip and for your well being i general.

Metta.
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby Fede » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:10 pm

Dearest Sattva,

Well....

....You know.

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"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. ;)

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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby christopher::: » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:57 pm

My, you have been through such a difficult time, Sattva. May your practice help to carry you through with deeper equanimity.

Much metta.

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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby sattva » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:40 am

Ben wrote:I am crossing my fingers and toes!
I hope it all goes well for you Sattva!
with Metta,

Ben


Thanks, Ben! :anjali:

thereductor wrote:If I cross my fingers and toes, how will I walk? Haha.

Seriously though, I am wishing you loads and loads of good fortune, both for the trip and for your well being i general.

Metta.


ahh, come on...if Ben is willing to give it a try i don't see why you can't. You might be more talented than you think ;) Seriously, thanks for the good wishes :anjali:

Fede wrote:Dearest Sattva,

Well....

....You know.

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Yep, i know and thank you.... Love the picture by the way! :anjali:

christopher::: wrote:My, you have been through such a difficult time, Sattva. May your practice help to carry you through with deeper equanimity.


Much metta.

~Chris


Thanks, Chris! i haven't been doing too well on the equanimity part. I'll try harder! :anjali:

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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby sattva » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:37 am

alright i admit, i'm nervous again. In about 11-12 hours I will be getting the eye surgery. It went fine last time and i was actually pretty calm through the procedure. So maybe i will be tomorrow too, but right now I'm not. Breathe right?!

About a day later, and an hour or so later, I will be getting my picc line put it. They had some problems getting it in last time. Had to try both arms, but they eventually got one put in.... Just nervous and would welcome good thoughts sent my way.
Thank you.
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:56 am

Bojjhanga Sutta

samsare samsarantanatam, sabbadukkhavinasane;
satta dhamme ca bojjhange, marasenapamaddane.


135. These seven dhammas are the factors of enlightenment, which eradicate all the suffering of the creatures who are transmigrating in the universal flux, and which suppress the army of Death.

136. bujjhitva ye cime satta, tibhava muttakuttama;
ajatimajarabyadhim, amatam nibbhayam gata.


136. Having realised these seven dhammas the creatures had attained the Immortality, the Fearlessness, Birthless, decay-less and sickless stage; they be came transcendental and liberated from three existences.
Oh thou! Let us recite this doctrine of Factors of Enlightenment;


137. evamadigunupetam, anekagunasangaham;
osadhanca imam mantam, bojjhanganca bhanama he.


137. Endowed with such and other qualifications altogether with innumerable qualities, this is a medicinal spell.

138. bojjhango sati sankhato, dhammanam vicayo tatha;
viriyam piti pasaddhi, bojjhanga ca tathapare.


138. The factors of enlightenment are Mindfulness, Investigation of the Dhamma and also Effort, Rapture, Tranquility, and other factors of enlightenment.

139. samadh-upekkha bojjahanga, satte'te sabbadassina;
Munina sammadakkhata, bhavita bahulikata.


139. The factor of concentration, and Equanimity. All these seven are well expounded by the Allseer; cultivated and amplified repeatedly by the Sage—

140. samvattanti abhinnaya, nibbanaya ca bodhiya;
etena saccavajjena, sotthi te hotu sabbada.


140. in order to discern profoundly, to realise the wisdom, and to attain Nibbana;
By this asseveration of this truth, may you be happy forever.


141. ekasmim sarnaye Natho, Moggallananca Kassapam;
gilane dukkhite disva, bojjhange satta desayi.


141. At one time, the Lord saw Venerable Moggallana and Venerable Kassapa suffering and sick, and he expounded the Seven Factors of Enlightenment.

142. te ca taib abbinanditva, roga muccimsu tankhane;
etena saccavajjena, sotthi te hotu sabbada


142. The two Elders also were delighted thereat; and at that very moment were liberated from the sickness.

By this asseveration of Truth, may you be happy forever.


143. ekada Dhammarajapi, gelannena'bhipilito,
Cundattherena tamyeva, bhanapetvana sadaram;


143. Once even the King of Dhamma the Buddha himself was, afflicted by sickness, then the Elder Cunda was requested to recite that very doctrine with due reference.

144. sammoditvana abadha, tamha vutthasi thanaso, etena saccavajjena, sotthi te hotu sabbada.

144. Having delighted the Lord rose up thereupon from that sickness.
By this asseveration of Truth, may you be happy forever.


145. pahina te ca abadha, tinnannampi mahesinam; maggahata kilesava, patta'nuppattidhammatam; etena saccavajjena, sotthi te hotu sabbada.

145. Just as the defilements, annihilated by Magga-conscious, can arise again no more, in like manner these ailments were eradicated from the three Great Sages.

By this asseveration of Truth, may you be happy forever.

"One cannot step twice into the same river, nor can one grasp any mortal substance in a stable condition, but it scatters and again gathers; it forms and dissolves, and approaches and departs."

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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:01 am

"One cannot step twice into the same river, nor can one grasp any mortal substance in a stable condition, but it scatters and again gathers; it forms and dissolves, and approaches and departs."

- Heraclitus


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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:27 am

Best wishes, Louise.

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby sattva » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:03 am

Thank you Ben and Retro, also Fede who has contacted me.

Ben, this sounds like a strange question but would it be applicable for me to listen to that every day until (if) i am totally better in all ways?
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:28 am

Hi Sattva,
Totally appropriate.
I often play sutta chants by my teacher or Sayagi U Ba Khin chanting the Tikapatthana during meditation.
Play it during meditation or you could recite the text in either English or Pali.
Whatever you decide to do it will support the arising of very wholesome dhammas. And according to the ancient literature, the recitation of this Paritta by oneself or others can assist in healing.
I encourage you to play it every day or recite it every day.
with metta,

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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby sattva » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:42 pm

Thanks Ben for the information!

The eye surgery went well. I can already tell the vision on this left eye has improved. I am not sure how much it will in total, just glad for any improvement.
with metta,
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:49 pm

Great news, Louise!
"One cannot step twice into the same river, nor can one grasp any mortal substance in a stable condition, but it scatters and again gathers; it forms and dissolves, and approaches and departs."

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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:58 pm

Good news, Louise.

:thumbsup:

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:34 am

So happy too hear that Louise!

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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: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby amtross » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:54 pm

May you be well.
May you be happy.
May you be peaceful.
May you be free. :meditate:
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby sattva » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:56 pm

I got my picc line in this morning and it went well. Better than the first time actually because they didn't attempt it in the arm they had problems with before. Tomorrow I start the actual IV treatments. They go until sometime in March. This has really got to work because they are running out of options on what to do with me.

After I had the picc line put in, I went to Wound Care. What a surprise to actually see the faces that went with voices. No one looked at all like i thought, but how wonderful just to see!!!

Thanks again for all the support! I can't even begin to tell anyone how difficult the last few years have been. There are times i wished i would just die and not have to deal with it anymore. Of course, there are other times i took it more in stride, but the ongoing ups and downs can take their toll even though you may not care to admit it. Kindnesses, especially when you know they are heart-felt, can feel like the warmth and brightness of the sun after a long cold winter. You just want to bake/bask in it, to never feel the cold again. But of course, that's not possible, maybe not even desireable.

Anyway, for those who have shown me such kindness, I offer my deepest thanks.
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby cooran » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:43 pm

Not as much as we thank you for being here and sharing with us. :group: So many things have come to mind from your posts which would not have, without your generous sharing. :hug:

May you be healthy and strong, and may you be happy of heart and mind.

with mahametta,
Chris
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby sattva » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:25 pm

Thanks Chris! :hug:

Sometimes i feel like a yo-yo ball. Wasn't it only about a week or so ago that they told me that i was too high risk to do the hyperbaric chamber? Today at the Wound Care Center the doctor brought up the subject again. Seems she has been consulting with some of my other doctors and those that have talked have decided, I should try it. They still want to talk to my pulmonary doctor. I actually had stopped by his office (which is in the same building) on my way to the other appointment because when i have had my IV treatments the last 2 days, my oxygen saturation level is down. It is running between 88-91. I personally think the fluid needs drained out of the right pleural cavity again. I am getting very short of breath. He isn't in on Fridays and so she told me to keep track of it this weekend and let them know on Monday how it is doing.

Anyway next Tuesday they will take tcoms (which they did before many months ago) to see if it looks like I would do well getting the hyperbaric treatment. If we do the hyperbaric treatment, they will use some kind of heart monitering device on me during it. Apparently, they will try to work it around my IV treatments, but i will be spending several hours each day at the hospital. I actually need to cut this short because i have to be back in less than 2 hours for the IV treatment for today.

Knowing the past tells me that all this may change tomorrow !!! I'll keep you all posted
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby Renlaenderin » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:57 pm

I'm sorry I only just found this thread. You have been through a lot, which should show you you are strong, capable, balanced and able to endure what lays ahead. My thoughts are with you, sending a lot of Metta your way. It sounds like you have a lot of skilled experts and a lot of faithful friends doing thier best to support you.

I wish you all the best.
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Re: Prayers for SATTVA

Postby Ytrog » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:09 pm

May you be well Sattva :console:
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.


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