Hi All

Introduce yourself to others at Dhamma Wheel.
Way
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:47 pm

Hi All

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

dhamma_newb
Posts: 307
Joined: Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:36 am

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.

Metta!
Don
The watched mind brings happiness.
Dhp 36

I am larger and better than I thought. I did not know I held so much goodness.
Walt Whitman

User avatar
Ben
Site Admin
Posts: 17193
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:49 am
Location: War.loun.dig.er.ler
Contact:

Re: Hi All

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:13 pm

Hi Ian
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
kind regards,

Ben
“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

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR

e: ben.dhammawheel@gmail.com..

User avatar
Cittasanto
Posts: 6009
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin
Contact:

Re: Hi All

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

Welcome to the Board Ian!
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog, - Some Suttas Translated, Ajahn Chah.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

User avatar
Hickersonia
Posts: 264
Joined: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:40 pm
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Contact:

Re: Hi All

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

Howdy, friend! Good to meet you!
Hickersonia
http://hickersonia.wordpress.com/


"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of
throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."

Way
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:47 pm

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.

User avatar
retrofuturist
Posts: 15729
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Contact:

Re: Hi All

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

Greetings Ian,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

Metta,
Retro. :)
"When we transcend one level of truth, the new level becomes what is true for us. The previous one is now false. What one experiences may not be what is experienced by the world in general, but that may well be truer. (Ven. Nanananda)

“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

Never again...

User avatar
cooran
Posts: 8186
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:32 pm
Location: Queensland, Australia

Re: Hi All

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

Hello Ian,

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

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---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 ---

User avatar
bodom
Posts: 4875
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Re: Hi All

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

Welcome Ian!

:anjali:
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

User avatar
Ytrog
Posts: 693
Joined: Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:50 pm
Location: The Netherlands, near Arnhem
Contact:

Re: Hi All

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

Welcome :)
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.


mindfulness, bliss and beyond (page 8) wrote:Do not linger on the past. Do not keep carrying around coffins full of dead moments


If you see any unskillful speech (or other action) from me let me know, so I can learn from it.

User avatar
Hickersonia
Posts: 264
Joined: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:40 pm
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Contact:

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
Hickersonia
http://hickersonia.wordpress.com/


"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of
throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned."

User avatar
David N. Snyder
Site Admin
Posts: 8869
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Contact:

Re: Hi All

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

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:buddha2:


Return to “Introductions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider] and 3 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine