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Hello from Missouri

Postby socoguy78 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:17 pm

Dhamma Greetings everyone,

My name is Zach and I have been practicing meditation for about 8ish years now. I am 33 years old and have done temporary ordination under my teacher I study under the most Ven. Bhante Vimalaramsi. I currently live in Farmington, MO in the Ozarks. Beautiful mountain country of Missouri. My monastic name is Ven Gunadasa when I ordained. Gunadasa means literaly a slave to doing good. I'm not sure what else I should type but remembered I had this profile a whiles back. I am a serious practitioner to just watch and see what happens in meditation with the curiosity of a child's mind. Longest sittings I can do is about 3 hours or until my legs fall asleep, haha. I study Dependent Origination which is spoken about many times in the majjhima nikaya. That is the main book I read as well. As far as progress goes... I practice TWIM(Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation) a nice perfect blending of vipissana and samantha yoked together as spoken about in the Buddhist Suttas. I use the brahma viharas as my meditation object. As far as Jhannas are concerned I am not afraid to speak about them nore am I afraid to help give teachings if practicing with TWIM. I have exerienced all Jhannas except Relam of neither perception nor non perception. I am a firm believer we are reborn and not reincarnated... I do not believe in a permanent me, myself, or I that survives after death, but do believe our khamma and habitual tendencies are transmuted into a new being based on our khamma of our past life(s) and our current mind state at time of death along with merit we earn by doing good. Most of my progress in Buddhism has been made from having insights in sitting meditation or carrying the sitting meditation into waking life because I believe what the Buddha said... Meditation is life and life is meditation. I hope all may find relief and be happy!!! :heart:

Much Maha Metta :heart: Everyone!!!
Zach

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Re: Hello from Missouri

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:23 pm

Welcome!

Although I do not necessarily agree with some things Bhante Vimalaramsi has taught, I never the less consider him to be a very decent man. I'm glad your progress seems to be going so well!

Have a nice time here!
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: Hello from Missouri

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:32 pm

Welcome Zachary!
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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Re: Hello from Missouri

Postby cooran » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:22 pm

Welcome Zachary! :group:

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Hello from Missouri

Postby bodom » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:32 pm

Welcome Zach!

:anjali:
This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty. Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Hello from Missouri

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:53 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello from Missouri

Postby socoguy78 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:57 pm

LonesomeYogurt wrote:Welcome!

Although I do not necessarily agree with some things Bhante Vimalaramsi has taught, I never the less consider him to be a very decent man. I'm glad your progress seems to be going so well!

Have a nice time here!


Dhamma Greetings LonesomeYogurt

Thank you for your kind words. May you feel relief and happiness for all time!

Metta,
Zach

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Re: Hello from Missouri

Postby socoguy78 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:56 pm

Thank you everyone who posted to this thread! It is much apreciated and thank you for your dhamma suport.

Maha Metta,
Zach
aka Gunadasa


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