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JustThis
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Hello Everyone

Postby JustThis » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:12 am

I did my first meditation retreat at IMS in Massachusetts in the late 70's. Since then I have done somewhere around 20 ten day retreats, all at IMS. My last three were 10 day self retreats at the Forest Refuge (IMS). I don't have a local group or teacher, I get most of my dharma information from books, this is the first Buddhist website I have joined. Since I don't have access to a teacher I am just winging it. My practice varies considerably from at least once a day to sometimes 3-4 sits a day depending on how busy I am. Due to financial considerations I haven't been on a retreat in over 2 years.

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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby sattva » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:37 am

JustThis wrote:I did my first meditation retreat at IMS in Massachusetts in the late 70's. Since then I have done somewhere around 20 ten day retreats, all at IMS. My last three were 10 day self retreats at the Forest Refuge (IMS). I don't have a local group or teacher, I get most of my dharma information from books, this is the first Buddhist website I have joined. Since I don't have access to a teacher I am just winging it. My practice varies considerably from at least once a day to sometimes 3-4 sits a day depending on how busy I am. Due to financial considerations I haven't been on a retreat in over 2 years.


Hello JustThis, It is wonderful that you have gone to retreats at IMS. I listen to some of the dharma talks on Dharmaseed, many recorded at IMS. I hope you will be able to go to a retreat soon. Welcome :)
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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:47 am

JustThis,

Welcome! Thank you for joining our group. Sukhi hotu!
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Postby Ben » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:07 am

Hi JustThis and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
“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,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:29 am

:hello:

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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby cooran » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:50 am

Hello JustThis,

Welcome to DhammaWheel. Look forward to reading more of your posts. :group:

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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: Hello Everyone

Postby Alobha » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:19 pm

Welcome! :)

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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby bodom » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:49 pm

Welcome!

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah


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