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greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Postby phil-zero » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:14 am

hello everyone,

I'm very new to the buddhist philosophy but just a couple weeks of study, meditation and contemplation has already begun a transformation within (and without!).

The Anattā doctrine is what initially caught my interest. The concept resonated with truth as I read it...impermanence...every conditioned thing on this planet is subject to the law of impermanence...every living thing, every thought, every feeling, every sensation, every life situation...everything...is temporary.

This revelation tied in perfectly with the concept of Dukkha. I began to see that one's suffering doesn't just "come from nowhere." I realized that all of the suffering i have experienced recently has been an entirely self-created "illusion" of sorts ..caused primarily by clinging to certain sensations, feelings, material things, and thoughts which were completely and totally temporary and transitory.

In that moment i began to realize the cause-effect nature of addiction/attachment and its subsequent pain. It can be an addiction to anything in life, and it always starts the same way...something gives us a pleasurable experience...because it feels good we repeat it...though it feels good, its temporal nature can never truly bring us fulfillment...the more we do it, the more attached we become to it...the more attached we become the more we feel we "need" it in order to be whole...the more we crave it, the more we ultimately suffer, drifting through an endless cycle of "needing" transient pleasures.

I've read more than just that but i'll stop here for brevity's sake. These two concepts alone have already helped me become more aware of the nature of things, including the mind, thoughts, feelings, desires, compulsions and addictions...as such, i look forward to learning more and applying Buddhist knowledge as much as possible.

Peace...

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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Postby Hanzze » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:21 am

phil-zero,

I guess you already found the good book. Stay on it and do not seek to much outside. Let your heart teach it self. Let it dig.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Postby cooran » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:24 am

Hello Phil,

Welcome to Dhammawheel! Look forward to reading your posts in the future. :group:

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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Postby bodom » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:31 am

Welcome Phil!

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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: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:09 pm

Hi Phil!
Welcome aboard!
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:55 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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