MedMob

The MedMob has happened. At 11am on 11/11/11, around 300 randoms gathered in a park above the Sydney Opera House. We came, we sat, we ommed.

I loved the simplicity and purity of it. No message, no ideology. Just people sitting in peace together.

Muchos kudos to Sam and the other organizers. It takes a lot of work to make something so effortless.

The plan is to keep it going, with monthly sits. Hope to see you there!

O and BTW if someone has photos or video, please leave a link in the comments.

8 thoughts on “MedMob

  1. Thank you Bhante and the Santi Community for your participation and support…The day was a great success! We’ve a few photos up on the MedMob Sydney Facebook page and can be viewed without an account. I’ve copied the link below…

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.175556175868417.42249.123092391114796&type=3

    also, Damith kindly filmed the event for us and here’s a link to a 1min film reel created of the MedMob

    and finally…. Seven News turned up and we were very (very) briefly covered as part of an 11/11/11 story on the 6pm News. Here’s a link

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/watch/27225859/248154/2/

    The next MedMob will likely be on the Saturday 10th December in Hyde Park. Ill update on both Facebook and the WordPress site (http://www.medmobsydney.wordpress.com)

    Thanks once again!

    Much Metta,

    Sam

    • Oh, that’s a topic for a full thesis somewhere! A brief history of OM:

      It’s found liberally in the old Brahmanical scriptures the Upanishads, and possibly in the older Vedas, though i have no references. The ultimate origins are obscure.

      There’s no mention of “om” in the early Suttas, either as a Buddhist or non-Buddhist practice. It began to appear in later texts. It’s common in Mahayana sutras, and I have no idea of the history of that – where did it come from, and why? One presumes that it was recited commonly as a contemplative sound among the generic Indian yogis, and was adapted into Buddhism like so many other things. Whether it is found in any texts of Sravaka Buddhism I am not sure. I’m not aware of it in any Theravadin texts of the classical period. One of the modern Thai parittas, however, includes an “om” or two:

      Namo omātyāraddhassa/ratana-ttayassa sādhukaṃ.
      Namo omakātītassa/tassa vatthu-ttayassa pi

      “Homage to the om…” Honestly, I don’t know what these lines mean – does anyone have any ideas? I think this is one of the Thai parittas that was composed in the modern period. Is the om an influence of Hinduism on modern Thai practice? Was it adopted from the Mahayana (given the very strong Chinese influence in Bangkok)? Does it descend from a Thai esoteric tradition?

      OM, or “AUM” has probably as many interpretations as it does people sounding it! But for me the basic notion is ‘return to the center’. When you chant om, you literally turn the open vowel sound around, from the simple “A” to the closer “U” to the fully closed “M”. Try it and see! When you do it in a big group, it is very stilling and peaceful.

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