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Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby TingleTuner » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:36 am

Hello all, my name is Ben, I'm 23 years old with a few years of college under my belt, as well as an insatiable fascination with the Theravada and Thai Forest Tradition and Buddhism in general. I became interested in Eastern thinking after reading and listening to talks and reading books from Alan Watts and Ram Dass, so needless to say I am still relatively new to Buddhism. I'm currently working my way through reading The Wings to Awakening from Thanissaro Bhikku and have found it to be intriguing so far, I've also got a few other books in line waiting to be read (Mindfulness in Plain English is one I'm especially excited to dig into!).

This place seems great and I hope to meet some great new internet-faces as well as further my practice.
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Re: Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby bodom » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:38 am

Welcome Ben!

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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: Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby Ben » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:03 am

Greetings Ben and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
"Only those who take to meditation with good intentions can be assured of success. With the development of the purity and the power of the mind backed by the insight into the ultimate truth of nature, one might be able to do a lot of things in the right direction for the benefit of mankind."

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Re: Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:04 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Metta from southern Nevada!

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Re: Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby cooran » Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:55 am

Welcome Ben! :group:

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Re: Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:02 am

Greetings Ben,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel and thanks for sharing your story to date.

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Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby Alobha » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:42 am

Welcome!
Wings of Awakening and Mindfulness in Plain English are books often recommended here, so good choice! :smile:
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Re: Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:42 am

Food for the Heart: The Collected Sayings of Ajahn Chah is incredible. I'd really recommend it.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.
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Re: Metta from northern Nevada!

Postby TingleTuner » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:25 pm

Thanks!

I'll keep that book in mind, I've read good things about Ajahn Chah. (:
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