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Postby Way » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:57 pm

Hey everyone,

Just a brief introduction.

I began my studies of Buddhism about 8 years ago when I attended a month long monastic life program in Taiwan at the Fo Guang Shan monastery (Chan/Pureland), I had always been interested in Buddhism, but that's when the love affair really kicked off. After that I changed my major from Computer Science to Religious Studies focused in Buddhist Studies. My meditation practice was certainly off and on, mostly off, at that point and would continue that way for the next few years.

Three years ago I began to attend Naropa University in the Contemplative Psychotherapy masters program and am now in my final semester. Part of this program is two one month retreats and one one week retreat, but my practice was still very off and on. My interest in the various forms of Buddhism has also shifted through the years, starting with Chan, moving strongly towards Vajrayana, and now strongly moving and settling in Theravada (for now).

In the past three months, my practice has taken a huge jump and I am now sitting 2 hours a day with a very specific schedule I set for myself and have been happy to keep. The biggest change for me I believe has been my relationship to the practice. Previously I have had a floundering sense of meditation where I was unsure as to what the goal is, and felt any realizations were certainly possible and real but did not really believe they were possible for me. This for some reason, has very suddenly changed. I have let many things go in my life, not even by choice really, it feels they have just dropped away (such as drinking, negative relationships/friendships, etc.) and practice has become the number one most important thing for me in my life right now.

I am looking forward to joining this community as a place to receive and give support to fellow people on this long and difficult path.

Thanks,

Ian
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Re: Hi All

Postby dhamma_newb » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:36 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel Ian! I am fairly new here too so it's nice to see other newbies come on board :tongue:

I am a Psychology major and was considering attending Naropa University but wasn't really interested in Tibetan Buddhism. It must've been great to be in an educational environment where spirituality is a main component of the curriculum.

I think this board will help immensely with your practice. I've only been a member of this forum for less than a month and I've learned so much that has helped with my practice. The members are very supportive and an inspiration to beginners like me. This sangha is an invaluable resource and I feel blessed to be a part of it.

Looking forward to seeing you around the boards. Take care.

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Re: Hi All

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:13 pm

Hi Ian
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
kind regards,

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Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:31 pm

Welcome to the Board Ian!
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Re: Hi All

Postby Hickersonia » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:59 pm

Howdy, friend! Good to meet you!
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Re: Hi All

Postby Way » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:46 pm

Thanks for the welcome everyone.

Hickersonia I'm from Cincinnati originally myself :).

Dhamma_newb: Naropa is definitely frustrating for a lot of non-vajrayana people, myself included, but I feel like there is a ton I can learn from any teacher, regardless of tradition.
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Re: Hi All

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:59 pm

Greetings Ian,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Re: Hi All

Postby cooran » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:16 pm

Hello Ian,

Welcome! Looking forward to your contributions to Dhamma Wheel. :group:

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Re: Hi All

Postby bodom » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:08 am

Welcome Ian!

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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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Re: Hi All

Postby Ytrog » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:39 pm

Welcome :)
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Re: Hi All

Postby Hickersonia » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:03 pm

Way wrote:Hickersonia I'm from Cincinnati originally myself :).

It is a small world, no? LOL
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Re: Hi All

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:41 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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