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For my friends

Postby Ben » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:03 pm

Dear friends,

Earlier this week I learned that my good friend and kalayanamitta, SN Goenka's area-teacher for Tasmania, passed away from lung cancer. Steve was only diagnosed earlier this year and faced his prognosis and demise with equanimity.

Each one of us and everyone we know and care about lives with the prospect of death.
Human life is so precious - do what needs to be done.
In the words of the Buddha:

Meditate, Cunda, do not delay, lest you later regret it. This is my message to you.

-- Sallekha Sutta


Wishing you all swift progress on the path and may you all make an end of suffering.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: For my friends

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:12 pm

My condolences, Ben. May he be well and gain fortunate rebirth or liberation.

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Re: For my friends

Postby befriend » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:17 pm

im sorry to hear that. atleast he found the dhamma in this life, and his future conditions will be all the better from his efforts in this life.
take care of mindfulness, and mindfulness will take care of you.

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Re: For my friends

Postby Kim OHara » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:37 pm

You have my sympathy for your loss, Ben.
:candle:

:namaste:
Kim

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Re: For my friends

Postby Paul Davy » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:25 pm

:candle:

Metta,
Retro. :)
What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'.
(Snp 3.6)

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Re: For my friends

Postby sattva » Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:53 am

Ben,
Sorry for the loss of your friend....
with a hug,
Louise

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Re: For my friends

Postby Ben » Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:36 am

Thank you all, but I am ok.
I started the thread for your benefit - not mine.
I wanted to remind you of the necessity to do what needs to be done.
As my teacher says: Make best use of your time!
with metta,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: For my friends

Postby Alobha » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:15 pm

Thank you for the reminder Ben. I have to go to the lungs doctor today and jeah, i better start meditating more before it's too late.

Best wishes,
Alobha

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Re: For my friends

Postby manas » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:48 pm

Hi Ben

truly, every day could be our last

if today was to be our last day

how would we liked to have spent it?

Thank you for that personal reminder that people do actually die, every day and almost constantly, despite our habitual denial that it could actually happen to us, and at a time not of our choosing, in fact - every breath we draw in, could be our last

must practice with more ardency

namaste _/I\_
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

(SN 22.97)

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Re: For my friends

Postby Sarva » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:35 pm

Ben wrote:Thank you all, but I am ok.
I started the thread for your benefit - not mine.
I wanted to remind you of the necessity to do what needs to be done.
As my teacher says: Make best use of your time!
with metta,

Ben

Perhaps it would be useful to expose that which stops us from progressing on the noble path? It shouldn't come as anything new, however things tend to be less potent under the light of inquiry.

Sometimes it is hesitation to ask questions, should they be considered too simple or repetitive or not valuable by others. (moha)
Sometimes it is the challenge of making extra effort, to formulate the ideas, meditate or read more? (dosa)
Sometimes it is the sense of "self identity" which makes us feel shy, embarrassed, lonely or insufficient for achieving the noble goal. (lobha)

It certainly seems to me that beyond the practically daily issues of free time, money, work and family etc, we are also facing the same 'enemies' in daily tasks and in our practice as we are trying to rid ourselves of i.e. moha - ignorance, loba - craving/attachment and dosa - aversion.

metta
“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86


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