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New Year 2018

Dear Friends A ‘Mindful’ and ‘Kind-ful’ welcome to our New Year of 2018. I do hope and trust that the last year ended well for you, with some Mindful Reflection on the lessons and learnings from a year of life well spent. I also hope that what ever worth and wealth of understanding and wisdom you have gained from the last year, that you are able to use it well in our New Year, so that it becomes an even better year...
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2018 … different but the same

Different but the Same How can this be? The idea of something being different but still the same! From the Buddhist Philosophical and Wisdom Teachings, we can appreciate that all things do change at some time or another; that any thing that is a conditioned thing is subject to impermanence and hence change. Yet could there be that which is not such a conditioned, transient, changing thing? Certainly, this could be related to that which is fundamental, that does not change, that which is...
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End of Year Message from John

YEARS END Dear Friends Welcome to another – Years End in this journey of Life. Such a time offers us a powerful point to pause and ponder, look back and reflect on what has been this year. What has been the worth of this year, another year of life for us? Certainly, if we wish to live mindfully, consciously; to learn and grow through our life, then it is about the ‘getting of wisdom’. At the time of certain experiences, especially the challenging ones, it...
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Dates for Weekly Meditation Group Farrants Hill

Our WELL-AWARE-NESS Monday Evening Meditation Group will have its last session for the year on Monday 18th December, 6.30 – 7.30 pm (NSW time). If you have not been able to attend  for some time, it would be wonderful to see you again for our last session for the year. For our Session if you would like to bring a small plate of (party) food to share for the occasion. I hope to see many of you that have attended over the...
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You are Remembered, more or less …..

Recent reflections around the experience of Dementia, Alzheimer’s and the process of aging, inspired these reflections regarding the fundamental nature of the self. You are Remembered – more or less! This I, this you, this me, this we; This psychological seeming self; This apparent appearing person; Is merely a collection of memory moments.   Whilst this I, this you, this me, this we, might also be made of ideas and plans, posed for the future; for the most part, the greater part; We are the remembered moments of this...
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Have the Time of your Life, Message from John

Dear Friends OUR LIFE – TIME Our Life is our time and thus our ‘Life Time’! In the same way, our life time includes our, Year time, month time, week time, day time and Hour, minute, second, moment – present time; all ours! Strangely always passing, yet always present – now.   So, this year; our year time 2017, is moving towards an end, Expressing the Truth of Impermanence, that the Buddha spoke so much about. Yet in his great Wisdom and Compassion, the Buddha also taught...
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Life as our STRESS TEST

LIFE AS OUR ‘STRESS – TEST’ So, as it turns out, ‘Life’ is our big ‘Stress – Test’! To see if we can proceed, process and make progress, Without compromising our integrity; Without giving into selfish wanting and greed, Without getting caught into reactive anger and rage. Maybe ‘Life’ is not about the accumulation of wealth, Maybe it is not about the collection of material things. Maybe ‘Life’ is not about growth in great knowledge, Maybe it is not about just gaining and gathering family or friends. ‘Life’ might...
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Mind Making, How do you see each day?

MIND MAKING – CITTA BHAVANA Decide each day, How you would like to see, be and feel. Don’t leave it to the default. Design and develop, develop and maintain The mental states and mood, being and behaviours That make life worth living. Make up your mind – to make your mind up! Don’t let it get down. The choice is ours to choose what works. Make use of Mindfulness and Clear Comprehension To create the mental space and strength to choose Don’t leave it to chance. Choose Calm and Clarity Choose Wisdom and...
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Peace Meal

PEACE MEAL Peace is the feeling resulting from Freedom Freedom results from Letting – Go Letting – Go results from Wisdom Wisdom results from Insightful Understanding Insightful Understanding results from Mental Calm and Clarity Mental Calm and Clarity results from Practicing Meditation Practicing Meditation results from Living with Mindfulness and Morality Living with Mindfulness and Morality results from following the Buddha’s Teachings. If we know how we would like to feel and be in our life, maybe we need to see what causes and conditions bring that particular...
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Rains Retreat, Vassa 2017

This last week has marked the end of the Buddhist Monastic three months ‘Rains Retreat – Vassa 2017’ This verse arose in my mind on Pavarana Day – the ending of the retreat, and lends inspiration to realising reality and finding freedom. Kind Regards John B. Pavarana Day – End of Vassa Rains Retreat 2017 – The Free Mind Wander where there is no Path, Find firm footing where there is no place to stand, Seek shelter where no roof exists, Live where there is no abiding...
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