Starting a path

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Starting a path

Postby Noah » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:12 pm

Hi! I am 30 and have a deep knowledge of the suttas. I have read/reread them for 8+ years and therefore, I THINK I have a good feel for the essence of the BuddhaDhamma. I love the Dhamma and have studied many texts/commentaries. All traditions have merit to me and I basically follow the Anapanasati to cultivate mindfulness. I also love to bathe my intellect and imagination in the Wonderful Lotus Sutra. As you can see, I am new to this site. What resources are here and of use/benefit?
How can I meet members? Is there a chat for this site? I would love to talk to an experienced practitioner.

Noah
Evil is caused by and is the cause of future suffering, abandon at all costs! Cultivate virtuous qualities and live the happy life! Just as all wise human endeavors, from Physics to Philosophy, approach the Dhamma; be fearless in your reverence for it- The time for the True Law is yet to dawn in the west!! :D
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Re: Starting a path

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:26 pm

Noah wrote:Hi! I am 30 and have a deep knowledge of the suttas. I have read/reread them for 8+ years and therefore, I THINK I have a good feel for the essence of the BuddhaDhamma. I love the Dhamma and have studied many texts/commentaries. All traditions have merit to me and I basically follow the Anapanasati to cultivate mindfulness. I also love to bathe my intellect and imagination in the Wonderful Lotus Sutra. As you can see, I am new to this site. What resources are here and of use/benefit?
How can I meet members? Is there a chat for this site? I would love to talk to an experienced practitioner.

Noah

Welcom to the Board!
You may wish to try our sister site Dharma Wheel, which is Mahayana/Vajrayana orientated (there is a link at the bottom of the page)
The chatroom is also accessable from the bottom of any page.

There are many practitioners here and those more scholastic and both or neither so there is a wide variety of members.
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."
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Re: Starting a path

Postby Noah » Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:00 am

Thank you sir! Yes I will but, my heart is in the pali scriptures. I take much delight in abandoning attachments, the deep truth of the conditionality of samsara and the worthiness of a life lived for the good of self and other while seeing no distinction between :)
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The mahayana sutras are a source of inspiration and devotion to me. They seem to make me FEEL the Dhamma deeper when looking at the world but, they do little in the way of bringing me the calm, joyous knowing that I get from the pali texts :)

Thanks bro!
Evil is caused by and is the cause of future suffering, abandon at all costs! Cultivate virtuous qualities and live the happy life! Just as all wise human endeavors, from Physics to Philosophy, approach the Dhamma; be fearless in your reverence for it- The time for the True Law is yet to dawn in the west!! :D
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Re: Starting a path

Postby cooran » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:39 am

Hello Noah,

Welcome! :group:

Why not belong to both Lists and discuss the relevant teachings on each list - The Theravada on Dhamma Wheel and the Mahayana on Dharma Wheel. Some of our members do that.

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Re: Starting a path

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:25 am

Welcome Noah!

: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
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Re: Starting a path

Postby Noah » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:44 pm

Thank you for the welcoming wishes, guys! :) I am a member of Dharma wheel now as well. see ya 'round the forums or in tha chat!

Noah
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