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Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby phantom59 » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:07 am

Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMtuVP8Mj4o
Elvis the King - Blue Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUyuGFoiWJ0
Bing Crosby - White Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYsPqN54LJ0
Sammy Kershaw Christmas Time's A Comin'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfo5ZzntVCk&feature=fvw
Christmas Eve Jam at The Bluegrass Shack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG5I0Kgb ... re=related
Bing Crosby - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiF27MRC ... re=related
Loretta Lynn, Country Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBpPWHZLnPE&feature=fvw
Rascal Flatts - I'll Be Home for Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxJm2ujr ... L&index=11
Rascal Flatts - Jingle Bell Rock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgX2YJ1R ... re=related
Emmylou Harris Christmas Times A Coming
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgX2YJ1R ... re=related
Redneck Christmas--Ray Stevens
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXRi-kSO ... re=related
Dolly Parton - Joy To The World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIfD4idl ... re=related
Dolly Parton - Jingle Bells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU9FQt6Y ... re=related
Jeff Foxworthy Redneck 12 Days Of Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJOe3CXE-mA
Dolly Parton - Go Tell It On The Mountain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RpPngjh ... re=related
Go Tell It On The Mountain-Mahalia Jackson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACOnUyfU ... re=related
Jewel & Toby Keith - Go Tell It On the Mountain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo27s_Tj ... re=related
Christmas Choir Medley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SdSr_q5hsk
Tucson Boys Chorus- Carol of the Bells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6TL1ll4 ... re=related
Moscow Boys Choir 12 Days of Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-UomLNj ... re=related
Tolzer Knabenchor Jingle Bells medley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOGfBB12 ... re=related
PHS Choir - Jingle Bell Rock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAp_0QGB ... re=related
NC Descants Jingle Bell Rock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLQPusyC ... re=related

Christmas radio on the Net

http://www.koit.com/
http://www.181.fm/playing.php?station=1 ... ry&embed=1
mms://christmasfm28.webworld.ie/christmas28
http://christmasfm.ie/index.php?option= ... &Itemid=62
http://player.streamtheworld.com/_playe ... r/?id=WTSS
http://www.bigrradio.com/player.php?id=107
http://www.bigrradio.com/player.php?id=106
http://www.listenlive.eu/christmas.html
http://www.radioio.com/genres/Holiday
http://www.bigrradio.com/player.php?id=104
http://www.sky.fm/wma/christmas.asx
http://somafm.com/play/christmas
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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby catmoon » Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:43 pm

Merry Christmas to you too. May you find peace in the turning of the seasons.
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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby muni » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:31 am

Thank you Phantom. I am singing here "Go tell it on the mountain". :soapbox:

These words of Jesus are jewels: take care of others. :bow: I wish all people in the Christian tradition and other the joy experienced by having the kindness to "be" for each other.

No sentimental doing at all!
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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby Laurazen » Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:34 pm

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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby muni » Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:46 pm

Laura wrote:


That woman is blessed with a rich volumious voice! Its' like echos in a deep valley. Really wonderful! :bow:
My voice is more like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9LqRl7t ... re=related

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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby BFS » Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:08 pm



Warm Christmas wishes
:smile:


These teachings came from Silent Mind, Holy Mind, a collection of talks given by Lama Yeshe at Kopan Monastery at the end of one of the month-long Kopan Meditation Courses. Western students had gathered on Christmas Eve, feeling a little out of place and unsure of what to do with their feelings of "missing out on Christmas". Lama, sensing their confused feelings, had them gather in the meditation hall where he gave these talks about Christmas and Buddhist practice:

Christmas Dharma
by Lama Thubten Yeshe


When we see each other again on Christmas Eve for the celebration of Holy Jesus' birth, let us do so in peace and with a good vibration and a happy mind. I think it would be wonderful. To attend the celebration with an angry disposition would be so sad. Come instead with a beautiful motivation and much love. Have no discrimination, but see everything as a golden flower, even your worst enemy. Then Christmas, which so often produces an agitated mind, will become so beautiful.

When you change your mental attitude, the external vision also changes. This is a true turning of the mind. There is no doubt about this. I am not special, but I have had experience of doing this, and it works. You people are so intelligent, so you can understand how the mind has this ability to change itself and its environment. There is no reason why this change cannot be for the better.

Some of you might think, "Oh, I want to have nothing to do with Jesus, nothing to do with the Bible." This is a very angry, emotional attitude to have towards Christianity. If you really understood, you would recognize that what Jesus taught was, "Love!" It is as simple and as profound as that. If you had true love within you, I am sure you would feel much more peaceful than you do now.

How do you normally think of love? Be honest. It is always involved with discriminations, isn't it? Just look around this room and see if anyone here is an object of your love. Why do you discriminate so sharply between friend and enemy? Why do you see such a big difference between yourself and others?

In the Buddhist teaching, this falsely discriminating attitude is called dualism. Jesus said that such an attitude is the opposite of true love. Therefore, is there any one of us who has the pure love that Jesus was talking about? If we do not, we should not criticize his teachings or feel they are irrelevent to us. We are the ones who have misunderstood, perhaps knowing the words of his teachings, but never acting upon them.

There are so many beautiful sentences in the Bible, but I do not recall reading that Jesus ever said that without your doing anything whatsoever—without preparing yourself in some way—the Holy Spirit would descend upon you, whoosh! If you do not act the way He said you should act, there is no Holy Spirit existent anywhere for you.

What I have read in the Bible has the same connotation as the Buddhist teachings on equilibrium, compassion and changing one's ego-attachment into love for others. It may not be immediately obvious how to train your mind to develop these attitudes, but it is certainly possible to do so. Only our selfishness and closed-mindedness prevent us.

With true realizations, the mind is no longer egotistically concerned with its own salvation. With true love, one no longer behaves dualistically; feeling very attached to some people, distant from others and totally indifferent to the rest. It is so simple. In the ordinary personality, the mind is always divided against itself, always fighting and disturbing its own peace.

The teachings on love are very practical. Do not put religion somewhere up in the sky and feel you are stuck down here on Earth. If the actions of body, speech and mind are in accordance with loving kindness, you automatically become a truly religious person. To be religious does not mean that you attend certain teachings. If you listen to teachings and misinterpret them, you are in fact, the opposite of religious. And it is only because you do not understand a certain teaching that you abuse religion.

Lack of deep understanding leads to partisanship. The ego feels, "I am a Buddhist, therefore Christianity must be all wrong." This is very harmful to true religious feeling. You do not destroy a religion with bombs, but with hatred. More importantly, you destroy the peacefulness of your own mind. It does not matter if you express your hatred with words or not. The mere thoughts of hatred automatically destroys your peace.

Similarly, true love does not depend on physical expression. You should realize this. True love is a feeling deep within you. It is not just a matter of wearing a smile on your face and looking happy. Rather, it arises from a heartfelt understanding of every other being's suffering and radiates out to them indiscriminately. It does not favor a chosen few to the exclusion of everyone else.

Furthermore, if someone hits you and you react with anger or great alarm, crying, "What has happened to me?" this also has nothing to do with a mind knowing the meaning of true love. It is just the ignorant preoccupation of the ego within its own welfare. How much wiser it is to realize, "Being hit does not really harm me. My delusion of hatred is an enemy that harms me much more than this." Reflecting like this allows true love to grow.
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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:52 am

Greetings,

Peace and good will to all men and women.

:yinyang:

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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby catmoon » Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:12 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Peace and good will to all men and women.

:yinyang:

Metta,
Retro. :)


And the kiddies too! :tongue:
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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:44 am

Greetings Catmoon,

catmoon wrote:And the kiddies too! :tongue:


I think they'd prefer presents ;)

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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby msmedusa » Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:35 am

BFS wrote:

Christmas Dharma
by Lama Thubten Yeshe


When we see each other again on Christmas Eve for the celebration of Holy Jesus' birth, let us do so in peace and with a good vibration and a happy mind. I think it would be wonderful. To attend the celebration with an angry disposition would be so sad. Come instead with a beautiful motivation and much love. Have no discrimination, but see everything as a golden flower, even your worst enemy. Then Christmas, which so often produces an agitated mind, will become so beautiful.

When you change your mental attitude, the external vision also changes. This is a true turning of the mind. There is no doubt about this. I am not special, but I have had experience of doing this, and it works. You people are so intelligent, so you can understand how the mind has this ability to change itself and its environment. There is no reason why this change cannot be for the better.

Some of you might think, "Oh, I want to have nothing to do with Jesus, nothing to do with the Bible." This is a very angry, emotional attitude to have towards Christianity. If you really understood, you would recognize that what Jesus taught was, "Love!" It is as simple and as profound as that. If you had true love within you, I am sure you would feel much more peaceful than you do now.

How do you normally think of love? Be honest. It is always involved with discriminations, isn't it? Just look around this room and see if anyone here is an object of your love. Why do you discriminate so sharply between friend and enemy? Why do you see such a big difference between yourself and others?

In the Buddhist teaching, this falsely discriminating attitude is called dualism. Jesus said that such an attitude is the opposite of true love. Therefore, is there any one of us who has the pure love that Jesus was talking about? If we do not, we should not criticize his teachings or feel they are irrelevent to us. We are the ones who have misunderstood, perhaps knowing the words of his teachings, but never acting upon them.

There are so many beautiful sentences in the Bible, but I do not recall reading that Jesus ever said that without your doing anything whatsoever—without preparing yourself in some way—the Holy Spirit would descend upon you, whoosh! If you do not act the way He said you should act, there is no Holy Spirit existent anywhere for you.

What I have read in the Bible has the same connotation as the Buddhist teachings on equilibrium, compassion and changing one's ego-attachment into love for others. It may not be immediately obvious how to train your mind to develop these attitudes, but it is certainly possible to do so. Only our selfishness and closed-mindedness prevent us.

With true realizations, the mind is no longer egotistically concerned with its own salvation. With true love, one no longer behaves dualistically; feeling very attached to some people, distant from others and totally indifferent to the rest. It is so simple. In the ordinary personality, the mind is always divided against itself, always fighting and disturbing its own peace.

The teachings on love are very practical. Do not put religion somewhere up in the sky and feel you are stuck down here on Earth. If the actions of body, speech and mind are in accordance with loving kindness, you automatically become a truly religious person. To be religious does not mean that you attend certain teachings. If you listen to teachings and misinterpret them, you are in fact, the opposite of religious. And it is only because you do not understand a certain teaching that you abuse religion.

Lack of deep understanding leads to partisanship. The ego feels, "I am a Buddhist, therefore Christianity must be all wrong." This is very harmful to true religious feeling. You do not destroy a religion with bombs, but with hatred. More importantly, you destroy the peacefulness of your own mind. It does not matter if you express your hatred with words or not. The mere thoughts of hatred automatically destroys your peace.

Similarly, true love does not depend on physical expression. You should realize this. True love is a feeling deep within you. It is not just a matter of wearing a smile on your face and looking happy. Rather, it arises from a heartfelt understanding of every other being's suffering and radiates out to them indiscriminately. It does not favor a chosen few to the exclusion of everyone else.

Furthermore, if someone hits you and you react with anger or great alarm, crying, "What has happened to me?" this also has nothing to do with a mind knowing the meaning of true love. It is just the ignorant preoccupation of the ego within its own welfare. How much wiser it is to realize, "Being hit does not really harm me. My delusion of hatred is an enemy that harms me much more than this." Reflecting like this allows true love to grow.


Thank you so much for this post :anjali:

Last Christmas was a really spiritual dilemma for me. As a very 'new ' Buddhist' ;) I was torn. After a lifetime of 'Christian Christmases' I was unsettled and confused. My large extended family has historically gravitated towards one home or another to celebrate the blessing of family against the backdrop of Christianity.

But last year my father was terminally ill and in care , I had to grapple with the inevitable fact that he was dying. I floundered because I no longer felt supported by the Christianity which had comforted me in the past. I was new to Buddhism and didnt understand enough to know if it would answer my questions. So.. try as I might I couldnt 'get into' Christmas. I felt detached and apart from it all, I hadnt made any big declaration of 'I am a Buddhist' because I didnt know if I was :jumping: but I also didnt feel a Christian either.

People have been asking me if I will celebrate Christmas this year 'now I am a Buddhist', and suggesting that it is hypocritical . I have been struggling a bit to give a salient answer to explain that it is the ethos of Christmas that I am celebrating. Your post gives me a more comprehensive and understandable way to answer them!! Thank you.

I dont feel a hypocrite. I know what I am celebrating and why. For me its so much more than my particular religious path..it is -as you point out-simply about love. And surely that cross over with Christianity is a celebration in itself. For me, the similarities make the transition easier . I feel relief that areas of Christianity which were precious to me are common teachings in Buddhism. And the Buddhist acceptance of Christian wisdoms makes me even more confident I have found spiritual direction I was craving.


So..this year I feel so much more confident spritually.. I have travelled a long way and want Christmas to be a celebration of that. I am calmer, and happier and I want to jump around the room laughing and singing just to celebrate coming through and out the other side. I want a big, loud, fun affair with a house full of people who have travelled with me .

I LOVE CHRISTMAS . I never grew out of it and I never want to . Your post gave me the final confirmation that I can without any misgivings...Whoopee!!! PARTY ON :cheers:

:namaste: Thank you
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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby BFS » Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:05 pm

:heart: :D
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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby catmoon » Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:21 am

Got to say thanks for the Christmas dharma post. The teacher took me well outside my usual box of thinking. A stunning demonstration of goodwill and acceptance.
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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby BFS » Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:13 pm

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♥ May the naked find clothing,
The hungry food,
And the thirsty water
And delicious things to drink.
May the poor find wealth,
those stricken with grief find joy;
And may the discouraged become uplifted
And perfectly steadfast.
May as many limited beings as are sick
Be swiftly set free from sickness;
And may the sicknesses of wandering beings,
Without exception, never recur.
May those with fear become fearless,
Those in bondage be released,
Those lacking strength become strong,
And their hearts become friendly toward each other.

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Re: Happy Holidays Everybody,Merry Christmas

Postby ground » Thu Dec 24, 2009 3:08 pm

May all beings have even-mindedness, happiness and all its causes, freedom from suffering and all its causes, peace and bliss.

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