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Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

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manas
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Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby manas » Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:49 am

...well maybe not, but the last few weeks it has felt like it. I guess I had better formally introduce myself, although I have already posted a few times. I live in Melbourne, Australia, where the weather changes so often that you can realize anicca quite easily just by going outside and looking at the sky. I have two dear children, whom I care for on weekends, or on the odd weekday when 'summoned' by my ex (who I get along with ok, mostly :tongue: ). I would say that the Dhamma, my dear children, and Nature bring me the most joy in life, the rest is either good, average or...well, you know, dukkha! I'm a piano teacher by trade, which really complicates trying to observe the Uposatha if a teaching day happens to fall on the new or full moon (I just take seven precepts instead of eight, and try not to 'enjoy' the music too much lol - almost sounds like catholicism). So all in all, despite having had quite a difficult life socially (I'm quite isolated, and somewhat eccentric and hermit-like), currently I'm making the effort to take a good look at the vast blessing of having been born a human, who contacted the Dhamma, and somehow, by effort and the kindness of some good teachers, has managed to grasp enough of it to keep going. So when I get into depression (happens a bit...painful stuff), my latest 'first step' is to ask whether it is justified. I mean, to have this INCREDIBLE opportunity for cultivating awakening, and yet to sit around moping because of the bad things that happened in the past (and a few that are happening now...), is actually quite silly. It is possible that I worked very hard over many lives for this opportunity. So, time to roll up the sleeves and get on with it.

That's 'me' in a nutshell, well it's what I have to work with. Any help to further awakening is always welcome, and I hope I can be of assistance to others here too, as my realization improves. May we all help one another and take this opportunity that, so I hear, is sought after even by devas in heavenly worlds! :anjali:
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby Ben » Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:15 am

Hi manasikara,
Lovely intro! I lived in Melbourne for about 17 years before Ballarat for about three years and then to Launceston in Tassie eighteen months ago. I love Melbourne and I miss it. Its also where my oldest daughter lives and studies.
Like you, kids and the whole catastrophe. With regards to your depression, don't hesitate to seek clinical assistance to help you manage it. And if you are regularly engaged in meditation practice, its more likely that you will suffer fewer relapses and come off medication sooner than people who don't practice. Sometimes, we may need the assistance of a combined drug and cognitive therapy to help us along - even as practitioners.
As for Melbourne being the rain capitol of Australia - i doubt it. I think we get more rain than you guys!
kind regards

Ben
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby bodom » Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:19 am

Welcome manasikara!

:anjali:
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: Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby Reductor » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:27 am

Good day! Liked you post in that other thread.

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Kim OHara
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Re: Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:05 am

Rain-capital?
Melbourne??
:rofl:

Best pic I could find is
Of course, if you're talking fewest sunny days or coldest drizzle or something ... yeah, Melbourne's definitely in with a chance.

Seriously, thanks for your good intro - and I do sympathise, as I said elsewhere, with anyone suffering a Melbourne winter.
:namaste:
Kim

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Re: Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:41 am

Greetings,

:buddha2:

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby manas » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:14 pm

Thanks everyone, I'm glad I found this forum. For all its faults (in terms of overall content), the Internet is enabling us to have a community here in cyber space, dedicated to the realization of what is true and of real value in life. This site (Dhamma Wheel) surely makes a sizeable dent in Mara's virtual domain.
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby Viriya » Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:41 am

Welcome, Manasikara! :anjali:
There's nothing like a bit of actual rain to make vassa feel like a proper rainy season!
However, if you ever get tired of the rain, please do come visit the Gold Coast, and be sure to pop by at Wat Sangharatanaram. (=

Best wishes for your practice,
Viriya
I'm not very good at right speech, although I try, so please guide and correct me if necessary so I don't make bad kamma for myself and cause others to be annoyed. (=

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Re: Hi everyone, from the rain-capital of Australia...

Postby manas » Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:06 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."


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