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Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:08 am

:tongue:

Accents are a bit dodgy though... :coffee:

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

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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: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby Ben » Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:47 am

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
“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

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:42 am

Anicca Vata Sankhara ...
"Impermanent, alas, are all formations..."

Our Abbot looked visibly shaken today after the funeral chant for the Thai dead still buried under the rubble. With the death toll around 150 last time I looked and a similar number missing there will be a lot of other communities expressing their grief in their own ways. Rebuilding will take some time. Those of us without serious problems feel alternately lucky, puzzled, and guilty as we get on with our lives.

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:45 am

Left alone among the living...

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Retro. :)
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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby Tex » Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:06 am

:group:
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby christopher::: » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:30 am

"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)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby cooran » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:39 am

---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: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:44 pm

My Son's friend's funeral yesterday:
http://www.3news.co.nz/Funeral-held-for ... fault.aspx

And the earlier story:
http://www.3news.co.nz/Young-father-die ... fault.aspx

Another 200+ to go... Rather sobering.

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

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:hug:

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:58 pm

Thanks Peter,

I don't believe I have any serious psychological problems, but it's really interesting watching the mind. The arising of irritation over things that normally would not worry me. Extreme disappointment when some trivial thing I wanted to do is not possible due to the destruction.

Metta meditation along the lines of: "may all beings in this building, block, suburb, city, ... be well" takes on a whole new meaning...

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:00 am

We had chanting this afternoon for the first Thai victim to be identified (out of the six Thai and dozens of other students in the English class at the CTV building). You get some idea of the scale of this operation seeing five Thai Forensics Police (and a couple of NZ Police) turn up, along with local and Thai media (it's big news in Thailand, of course). Apparently some of the victims are badly burned, so identifying them all may be impossible. I gather there are similar teams from Japan and other places. Not that our Police are not capable of this (one who was there today was in Thailand after the Tsunami [where he met his wife] and in Melbourne after the bushfires), but the task is enormous.

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:39 am

"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: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:08 am

Here is an article about yesterday's funeral:

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby cooran » Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:32 am

Thanks Mike. Such a lovely report - and the couple she was boarding with were so impressed by how she lived her buddhist practice - they will miss her all their lives. :group:

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:49 am

Thanks Cooran,

I was pleased that I had a chance to meet them.

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby cooran » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:10 am

Hello all,

Life goes on. Hundreds of university students from earthquake-ravaged Christchurch have started a semester of study in Adelaide as part of an international exchange.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/03/07/3156996.htm

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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: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby James the Giant » Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:25 am

How's Wat Buddha Samakhee? Was there much damage?
Is the normal routine still going on there or are things still a bit agitated? Did the wat become a refuge or anything, for homeless people after the quake?
Then,
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you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: Another earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:54 am

Hi James,

Not much damage, but the Abbot has decided to get an engineer to look at the main hall, since there are some cracks (which I assume will turn out to be just superficial, but of course it's worth being safe).

They lost power for a few days (and therefore water, since it is pumped from a well), so wasn't that great as a refuge, and people had to bring water. Now they have power and water so some people without water go there occasionally to shower...

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