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Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Carl » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:26 am

Hello fellow travellers on the path.
I have been practicing meditation for 4 years as taught by SN.Goenka and I endeavour to live a Dhamma life even though this society is geared to go in the opposite direction. I see this in particular with my children who are bombarded with things that stimulate the senses and cement the cycle of cravings and aversions. Whatever happened to a tin can and a stick in the dirt?
I don’t profess to have great knowledge about the teachings of the Buddha but I do endeavour to keep my focus on the quality of my thoughts, actions and words.

Be Happy


Carl

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Ben » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:32 am

Hi Carl

Its great to see you here finally!
Another Ballarat person, and one of my co-meditators!
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There's lots of great discussions here and good people to exchange ideas with.
I think you will enjoy it here.
Metta

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Dhammanando » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:47 am

Hello Carl,

Thanks for joining us. :smile:

Best wishes,
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby genkaku » Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:50 pm

Welcome Carl. Hope you find something useful here.

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby AdvaitaJ » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:09 pm

Welcome aboard!

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:33 pm

Welcome!

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“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Paul Davy » Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:02 pm

Greetings,

I like Ballarat... it's old school.

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Retro. :)
"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)

"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)

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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:03 am

hi
:hello:
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:33 am

:hello:
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