Happy birthday Ben!

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Happy birthday Ben!

Postby retrofuturist » Sun May 10, 2009 12:53 am

Greetings Ben,

Have a happy birthday with your family!

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Retro. :)
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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: Happy birthday Ben!

Postby Aloka » Sun May 10, 2009 1:35 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEN !

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Postby Dhammanando » Sun May 10, 2009 1:41 am

Happy birthday Ben!

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Postby David N. Snyder » Sun May 10, 2009 1:55 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! ! !

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Postby BubbaBuddhist » Sun May 10, 2009 2:16 am

Happy Birthday Buddy!

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Postby appicchato » Sun May 10, 2009 3:14 am

A Very Happy Birthday Ben...enjoy your day!... :thumbsup:

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Postby tiltbillings » Sun May 10, 2009 3:26 am

May you get a Howard Hill bow.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam

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Postby pink_trike » Sun May 10, 2009 4:13 am

Happy Birthday, Ben!
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Re: Happy birthday Ben!

Postby zavk » Sun May 10, 2009 5:15 am

Yeah, have a good one Ben!
With metta,
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Postby Mawkish1983 » Sun May 10, 2009 8:20 am

Happy birthday Ben :)

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Postby cooran » Sun May 10, 2009 8:37 am

Happy Birthday Ben! Have a wonderful year to come!

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Postby Cittasanto » Sun May 10, 2009 9:15 am

Happy Birthday Ben
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Postby genkaku » Sun May 10, 2009 10:18 am

I hope it is/was a wonderful day!

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Re: Happy birthday Ben!

Postby Fede » Sun May 10, 2009 11:17 am

Man the smell of weed and vodka....... next door, is overwhelming, so I thought I'd come here instead!!!

Happy birthday Ben,

Much love and affection, as always!!
"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: Happy birthday Ben!

Postby Ben » Sun May 10, 2009 12:00 pm

Thank you all for your wonderful wishes and birthday wishes.
You really are the best, and I feel greatly honored ,and indeed humbled, to have you as my companions on the path.
Anyway, i thought i would share some photos of my birthday today, and a couple of other recent photos of our life here.

Chris
That photo of the party-going greyhound is a spitting image of our beloved departed Blaze!

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Me at Paringa Archery Club last saturday.

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Quinn, last weekend at quarter-time. They got smashed!

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This morning at Cateract Gorge, the suspension bridge in the background.

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Quinn and Darcy on the rocks.

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Freya, visiting from the mainland.

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Ben and my lovely wife, Kylie

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Darcy, future rock-star.
Learn this from the waters:
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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Re: Happy birthday Ben!

Postby appicchato » Sun May 10, 2009 1:39 pm

He's a lefty!...and not alone...

Great photos Ben...beautiful family, and a dyno locale...you've done something right... :smile:

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Re: Happy birthday Ben!

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun May 10, 2009 4:49 pm

Beautiful family! Thanks for the photos! Glad you enjoyed your birthday!!!

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Re: Happy birthday Ben!

Postby Stephen K » Sun May 10, 2009 5:06 pm

Happy Birthday Ben!
With metta,
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