Thanks and bows to all for a such a warm welcome...
@TheDhamma: Thank you. Bodh Gaya used to be a very serene, calm place, when I was a child, but in my opinion has now become a rather commercialized and touristic place, devoid of tranquility. However, the place where the Buddha was supposed to have meditated for 6 years, the mountain cave of Dungeshwari, is still largely untouched by civilization and its corruptions. There is a tibetan monastery and temple there, some monks and nuns from thailand, and a lot of langurs(monkeys)
. I hope it remains that way for some time to come.
About Dhamma, I'm still learning, but until now it has been just books, internet, and experimentation on my own. Having no access to a qualified teacher is a bit dissapointing, since I have so many questions and doubts! I sincerely hope that I'll be able to learn something of value in this community!
@Ben: Thank you. If you don't mind, may I contact you in private to learn more from u about the prominent members of this community and about the nuts and bolts of these meditation practices?
Humbly and gratefully,
-Samāhitam cittam yathābhutam pajānāti.
समाहितं चित्तं यथाभूतं पजानाती |
A concentrated mind sees things as they really are.
-Ujuko nāma so maggo, abhayā nāma sā disā.
उजुको नाम सो माग्गो, अभया नाम सा दिसा |
'Straight' is this path, fearlessness is its way.