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How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:07 pm

Hello all,

I had a wonderful night at Dhammagiri. We had as many people turn up as on a Sil day - and considering it's an hours' drive from the edge of the city, that was a pleasant surprise.

A visiting monk, Ajahn Khemasiri, who is Abbot of the Dhammapala Kloster – Switzerland located in Kandersteg in Switzerland, gave a 50 minute talk and guided meditation on "Forgiveness" of each other and ourselves.

We had a short break for sparkling soft drinks, tea/coffee, marshmallows, jubes and dark chocolate - the Ajahn Dhammasiha gave an hours' talk and guided meditation on adhitthana [adhi.t.thaana]: Determination; resolution. One of the ten perfections (paramis) ... of which our New Years Eve Resolutions are a very weak copy. We all had food for thought about our own Determinations for 2010. There was a further break for refreshments and talk.

Then Glow Sticks were handed out and we began a half hour walk up the very very steep hill in single file and noble silence (apart from panting for breath). We circumnambulated our new little Bodhi tree which is not doing so well in the heat and drought, and then also did the same for our other Bodhi tree at the top of the hill which is doing splendidly.

Then at the high point where there is a Dhamma Wheel (Dhammacakka) on a pole, we circumnambulated the Wheel and had auspicious Chanting in Pali by the monks and lay people. Then we chanted the Karaniya Metta Sutta in english and radiated lovingkindness in all directions. We could see the lights of Ipswich and of Brisbane in the far distance.

A very inquisitive possum was jumping from branch to branch high up in the eucalypt trees and wallabies could be heard pounding through the bush. The full moon was high in a cloudless sky - absolutely beautiful. The only small problem was that the temperature at midnight was 23 ºC = 73.4 ºF with between 70 and 80 percent humidity. Everyone was soaked in perspiration - which does nothing for ladies hairstyles and make-up - but who was noticing. :-)

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:15 pm

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---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: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:40 pm

Oops! :embarassed:
sorry if I revealed the result in my last post ~ but I suppose not everyone has Wordpad?

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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Quinn » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:16 pm

Hi :hello:

I had a realy good night on new years Eve (wich was last night)
We went to this festifal at Royal park in launceston.
I met one of my friends there and we drank some fanta.
there was a fake Michale Jackson there wich was NOT good at all :spy:
At 9.30PM there was fireworks and it was realy good.
Then when I got home I tried to look at the full moon through my telescope but the moon was covered by clouds!


Quinn

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:35 pm

"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: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Guy » Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:52 am

Ajahn Brahm gave a talk at Dhammaloka and then several hundred of us did some Metta meditation from 2009 through to 2010. A nice way to bring in the new year.
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

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:00 am

stoicly!

but retro change his profile pic! your his father it is your duty to embarrass him!
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby christopher::: » Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:07 am

Happy New Year ALL...!



Hope that Happiness, Friendship, Peace & Insight is abundant in your lives during the coming decade...

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:45 am

“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.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:00 am

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"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)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:34 am

Beautiful!!
A true retrofuturist in the making!!
“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.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:57 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: How are you celebrating New Year's Eve as a Buddhist?

Postby Kare » Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:25 pm

Cool, Manapa! :thumbsup:
Mettāya,
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