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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.

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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!

There's lots of great discussions here and good people to exchange ideas with.
I think you will enjoy it here.

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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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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,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
Khandhānaṃ rāsaṭṭhaṃ, āyatanānaṃ āyatanaṭṭhaṃ,
Dhātūnaṃ suññaṭṭhaṃ, indriyānaṃ adhipatiyaṭṭhaṃ,
Saccānaṃ tathaṭṭhaṃ aviditaṃ karotītipi ‘avijjā’.

It prevents knowing the meaning of heap in the aggregates, the meaning of actuating in the sense-bases, the meaning of voidness in the elements, the meaning of predominance in the faculties, and the meaning of suchness in the truths, thus it is called ‘ignorance’.
(Visuddhimagga XVII. 43)

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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!

The birds have vanished down the sky. Now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

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


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: Greetings from Ballarat

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


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

Retro. :)
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

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

This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Greetings from Ballarat

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

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