Farewell Blackbird!

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.

Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:30 pm

Good luck and don't forget to send pictures!

Pictures of Sri Lanka and the ordination!

I :heart: Sri Lanka.
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby saltspring » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:49 pm

Best of luck to you Jack.

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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:43 pm

May you attain Nibbana! :anjali:
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Virgo » Fri Apr 16, 2010 4:36 pm

You are going somewhere?
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Aloka » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:48 pm


All the best, Jack ! _/\_

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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby adosa » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:53 pm

Good luck, Jack and much perseverance!!

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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Dhammakid » Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:01 pm

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

May you fare well and persevere diligently along this noble path!

I know you're crazy busy preparing, but if by a slim chance you have time, could you write an essay on your journey towards ordination? I would love to post it to my Aspiring American Buddhist Monastics Support Group on facebook (link in signature). Doesn't have to be long at all. I think it would be of great inspiration to our members.

Ah, how I long for this day. It may never happen but I can always dream...

Good luck!
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby BlackBird » Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:07 pm

Thank you everyone


Dhammakid wrote:I know you're crazy busy preparing, but if by a slim chance you have time, could you write an essay on your journey towards ordination?

I'll do my best :)

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Wind » Sat Apr 17, 2010 6:51 am

May you be another beacon in the mist of darkness. :namaste:
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Maitri » Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:47 am

Congratulations on entering the path to ordination. I hope you meet with success and be safe in your journey! :anjali:
May all beings be well, happy, calm, and at ease.
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Annapurna » Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:05 am

Gee, Blackbird, now you're really doing it.

I'm happy for you.

May you be happy! May you realize all the ultimate truths!

Stay with us!

With the very best wishes,

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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Clayton » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:03 pm

I enjoy your posts a lot Jack. May you find what you seek.

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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Vardali » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:51 pm

I would like to echo both thanks and well wishes for you, Jack. :)

I have enjoyed reading your posts. Best of luck/joy/progress on your path :buddha2:

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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Moggalana » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:58 pm

Bon voyage!
Let it come. Let it be. Let it go.
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Chula » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:34 pm

May you attain ultimate freedom in this lifetime!
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Paññāsikhara » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:38 am

The first step on a journey of ten thousand miles,
Seemingly the hardest step.
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Tex » Tue Apr 20, 2010 5:53 pm

Best wishes on your journey, Jack! You will be missed, but in the best possible way.
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby dragonwarrior » Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:13 am

Good-bye, and the best of luck to you Jack!
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby alan » Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:02 am

Jet lag and then culture shock will be your first enemies. All I can say is be aware and keep your head up. Don't expect it to be easy. You'll probably feel a high at first. Don't make any rash decisions for the first two weeks. And then don't get too down when it is not all you hoped for.
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Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Postby Guy » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:55 pm

I whole-heartedly agree with everyone else. :twothumbsup:
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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