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Just Back From Burma

Postby Chi » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:28 pm

Hi Everybody!

My name is Chi. My "monk" name is Aggadhamma, which means "higher practice" or "excellent practice." I am 23 years old, tall, half Japanese, half Chinese, born in America. The Dhamma has so utterly changed my life. There is nothing else that really interests me.

A bit of practice background:
5/10 Goenka 10-day
7/11 Goenka 10-day
8/11 Goenka 3-day
9/11 Goenka 10-day
12/11 U Pandita 64-day

What an experience the 64-day retreat was! I urge everybody to attend a longer retreat, whatever the cost might be.

Thanks for your support at Dhammawheel. I started lurking around September I believe. There is nothing better than to be able to find refuge in a supportive community of Dhamma practitioners. Not everyday is an "up" day, so we all need good, virtuous friends to see that we don't stray.
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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:34 pm

Greetings Chi,

Sounds like you've been putting in a good effort on the Noble Eightfold Path. May great benefit accrue from it!

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:08 am

Just opened the link in your signature, you may not be a monk now, but from your list of retreats you are certainly worthy of respect :anjali:

May you soon have ability in finding skilful methods and thoroughly understand the peaceful way!
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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby dhamma_newb » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:07 am

Welcome Chi :hello: You are very lucky to have gone to those retreats. Must have been an awesome learning experience. See you around the forums!
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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby Ben » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:50 am

Hi Chi and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
i was in Burma one year ago doing a long retreat.
I look forward to your contributions.
kind regards,

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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby little_stone » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:11 pm

:hug: :anjali:
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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby Chi » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:03 pm

Thank you everybody for all of your support!

I just put the costs of a 90-day retreat at GAIA House on my credit card! They gave me the bursary rate, though--the cheapest they can offer. I start on April 1.

Gosh, am I overly reckless? Or am I giving no thought to material wealth? Or both? I feel it's the Dhamma. It's like a high, you know? I can't get enough of it. It might be a subtle clinging to the Dhamma. Ah, it's better than not practicing, I suppose.

Now, it's time to gather resources for the plane ticket.... :)
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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:13 pm

Chi wrote:Thank you everybody for all of your support!

I just put the costs of a 90-day retreat at GAIA House on my credit card! They gave me the bursary rate, though--the cheapest they can offer. I start on April 1.

Gosh, am I overly reckless? Or am I giving no thought to material wealth? Or both? I feel it's the Dhamma. It's like a high, you know? I can't get enough of it. It might be a subtle clinging to the Dhamma. Ah, it's better than not practicing, I suppose.

Now, it's time to gather resources for the plane ticket.... :)

like I said on another thread, there are far worse things to cling to!
it is through clinging to the right things in an appropriate way that one overcomes clinging.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby Goofaholix » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:49 pm

Chi wrote:I just put the costs of a 90-day retreat at GAIA House on my credit card! They gave me the bursary rate, though--the cheapest they can offer. I start on April 1.

Gosh, am I overly reckless? Or am I giving no thought to material wealth? Or both? I feel it's the Dhamma. It's like a high, you know? I can't get enough of it. It might be a subtle clinging to the Dhamma. Ah, it's better than not practicing, I suppose.

Now, it's time to gather resources for the plane ticket.... :)


If you have the freedom, time, and money for full time practise I say good on you, go for it, I certainly don't regret the time I spent doing so. Perhaps in later life you won't have this freedom.
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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby vidar » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:03 pm

Welcome Chi. May you have great benefit from your practice and can reach Nibbana in this very life.

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All the world is on fire, All the world is burning, All the world is ablaze, All the world is quaking. That which does not quake or blaze, That to which worldlings do not resort, Where there is no place for Mara:That is where my mind delights. (SN 5.7)

By degrees, little by little,
from moment to moment,
the wise purify themselves,
as a smith purifies silver.
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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:26 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Impressive list of retreats attended!

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Re: Just Back From Burma

Postby bodom » Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:18 am

Welcome chi!

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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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