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Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

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Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby Ben » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:59 am

Please join me in the triple celebration of Forestmat's, Thaijeppe's and Zavk's (Ed) birthday.







Wishing you all the very best on your jati-day!

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.
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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby Ytrog » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:24 am

Congratulations

Have a cake:
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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:31 am

Happy birthday!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby bodom » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:55 am

Happy Birthday Everyone!

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:27 am

Happy Birthday one and all,

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Share evenly now!


with metta,
Chris
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby Modus.Ponens » Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:14 am

Happy Birthday y'all! :smile:
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:24 am

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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby zavk » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:01 am

Thank you for the well wishes, Dhamma friends. In recent years, I've become increasingly ambivalent about my birthday. In light of Dhammic teachings, I can't help but question the narcissism that surrounds one's own birthday whenever it comes around (though rest assured I still know how to have fun!). I had planned to use this year's birthday to offer alms food, but because of my lack of planning and laziness, it didn't happen. To make up for this missed opportunity, here's something I wrote as a kind of birthday offering to the Dhamma which I'd like to share with you. Best wishes for the new year!

:anjali: :anjali: :anjali:

29 December
A birthday is summoned
from the future
by its own inscription.
It is not of one’s choosing
nor does it belong to anyone
neither decision nor possession.

A birthday is recognised
only in retrospect
by its own traces.
Like clockwork it turns
returns
as if invited from the past
to announce yet again
—arrival or departure?
Last edited by zavk on Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:33 am, edited 1 time in total.
With metta,
zavk

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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby cooran » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:12 am

Good one, Ed! I like it. :clap:

.... having people know of our birthday allows the showing of love, generosity and kindness in the form or presents or sharing of food and good wishes. And personally - I really liked Ben's expression of ''Happy Impermanence Day'' - a very good reminder.

with metta
Chris
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: Happy Birthday Forestmat, Thaijeppe and Zavk

Postby Fede » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:35 am

on a similar theme, I remember reading in a book, speaking about dying and acceptance of the fact, that every year, we 'pass' what will ultimately be our day of dying - and we never know it.....
We may well wonder, as it will mark an anniversary we will never celebrate, and one which will go on for far longer than our life-span on earth....

But I wish one and all here, a happy time for their birthdays, and every day - may you live in tranquil joy and acceptance, and find delight in every breathing moment!
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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