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Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby James the Giant » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:25 pm

I am currently all upset and sad that my rotten old car is dying, after costing me heaps of money in repairs.
I may as well have piled up a big pile of cash, and set fire to it all.

So anyway, I am looking online for a new car, and up comes the perfect vehicle, at a good price. Then I look again at the photos... isn't that Bodhivana monastery in the background? Yes! I realise it is owned by Ajahn Brahm's monastery, one of my favourite monasteries!
That's a car with good... um, carma. :tongue: I just had to say it.
Weird coincidence. My car dies today, the monastery car is listed today, from a monastery I plan to stay at, or even perhaps ordain at.

So I'll go see it this weekend and if it looks good, I'll own an ex-monkmobile.
And if this monastery car dies, I can console myself with the thought that the purchase price was basically dana for Bodhivana Monastery.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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Re: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:21 pm

Nice! Good carma! :jumping:
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Re: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:59 pm

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Re: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby Hickersonia » Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:10 am

Interesting set of circumstances, haha!
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Re: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby plwk » Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:12 am

RIP car :candle:
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: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby James the Giant » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:10 am

Well, I went to Bodhinyana Monastery to check it out, and it's an ideal vehicle at a reasonable price, and so now I own the monastery's old car, woohoo!
Inspecting it was a little surreal... three bhikkhus trooped up the garage with me, and we all stood around and talked about it. They even got the mechanic out of retreat (a bhikkhu too!) to tell me about it.
There's probably a vinaya offense there somewhere. :tongue:

They confirmed that my "dana" in return for the vehicle was not a mere purchase, but also got me merit, so that's a Two-fer!
(The nearby retreat centre manager handled all the transactions)

A vehicle that has once contained sotapannas and possibly greater... surely some of it could rub off on me?
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you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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Re: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby Mr Man » Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:59 am

James the Giant wrote:
A vehicle that has once contained sotapannas and possibly greater... surely some of it could rub off on me?
Your personal vehicle for liberation? Pehaps you should use the car for formal sitting practice? :D
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Just because it was owned be monks don't let it lead you into a belief in rites & rickshaws - Boom boom.
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Re: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:09 am

SN 1.46 Chariot to Nibbana
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Re: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby James the Giant » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:43 am

Mr Man wrote:Your personal vehicle for liberation?

Mitusbishiyana! :sage:

Mr Man wrote:Keep your eyes on the road when driving - you don't want to end up a stream enterer - Boom boom
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Just because it was owned be monks don't let it lead you into a belief in rites & rickshaws - Boom boom.

:clap: Nice!
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Re: Here's a weird coincidence...

Postby Mr Man » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:55 am

James the Giant wrote:Mitusbishiyana!



I think that needs to be a bumper sticker :twothumbsup:
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