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Postby QBall » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:00 pm

My name is Brian, I am from Pennsylvania and I recently found an interest in Buddhism. It all started by reading some literature and it just all made a lot of sense to me. Of course many question arise which I seek to find answers for. I am currently looking for local places to practice and joined this forum to further educate myself on the practice. I look forward to hearing from all of you and I am eager to find some answers!
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Re: Hello Everybody

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:05 pm

Welcome Brian!

I was born an raised in Pennsylvania and lived in the Reading/Philadelphia area for over 20 years. Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:namaste:
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: Hello Everybody

Postby QBall » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:10 pm

Thats not too far from me... I am in suburbs of Philadelphia in the town of Willow Grove.
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Re: Hello Everybody

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:31 pm

Hi QBall,
Welcome Aboard!
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: Hello Everybody

Postby Ben » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:40 pm

Hi Brian and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

Sutta Nipata 3.725


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Re: Hello Everybody

Postby vidar » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:15 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel QBall!
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.
—Dhammapada 239
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Re: Hello Everybody

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:54 pm

Welcome!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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