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dhamma savaka
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New guy on the block!

Postby dhamma savaka » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:04 pm

Hi folks,

I have been a dhamma practitioner for almost a year and have been following this discussion forum for quite a few months (I've learned so much from this forum). I finally registered and this is my first post!

I'm a Chinese-Canadian guy who grew up in a very traditional but non-Buddhist family. However, certain elements of "popular Buddhism" have been integrated into Chinese culture over the centuries and as a result, growing up as a kid, Buddhism always seemed hokey and I always thought that the Buddha was "the fat guy at the restaurants" (Hotei) or that the Buddha was a god that you "pray" to and thus it never appealed to me.

About two years ago, however, I was backpacking through Pakistan and I came across many abandoned Buddhist sites (although there are no longer any Buddhists in Pakistan), eg: Dharmajika stupa, Mankiala stupa, Taxila, the Ashoka edicts at Mansehr, etc. So when I came back, I wanted to learn more about the history of Buddhism and that revealed to me a dimension of Buddhism that I had never knew before (it also helped the fact that one of the first books I read on this subject was "What the Buddha Taught" by the Venerable Walpola Rahula). I did some more research and the more I read, the more it made sense to me! And of course, then I started with the meditations.

I look forward to learning more from this forum and from you all!

:anjali: Metta,

Al

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Paul Davy
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Re: New guy on the block!

Postby Paul Davy » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:16 pm

Greetings,

dhamma savaka wrote:growing up as a kid, Buddhism always seemed hokey and I always thought that the Buddha was "the fat guy at the restaurants"

:lol:

Welcome to the forum, and nice username. :thumbsup:

:buddha2:

Metta,
Retro. :)
“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)

What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today." (Thomas Sowell)

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Re: New guy on the block!

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:19 pm

Welcome Al!

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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: New guy on the block!

Postby mirco » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:35 pm

Welcome :-)
"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as 'concentration', but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps 'unification' is a better rendition, as samadhi means 'to bring together'. Deep samadhi isn`t at all stiff. It`s a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." Bhikkhu Anālayo

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Re: New guy on the block!

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:04 pm

Welcome Aboard!
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: New guy on the block!

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:34 pm

Hi Al,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Interesting background and glad you found the Dhamma.

:buddha2:

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Re: New guy on the block!

Postby Noah » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:51 pm

Nice to see this site is a resource for so many :) I am totally new and still surfing the forums a lot. Look forward to meeting you and sharing our experiences more!

Noah
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