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hello from Canada!

Postby randall » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:05 pm

hello people!

I finally "took the plunge" so to speak, I've been lurking around the forums for about three years now and only have just come to realize that community and friends are not only beneficial to have around but are also needed at certain points in life and growth to move forward. I don't think the Buddha's dhamma should be an exception to this. I'm grateful to have a S N Goenka dhamma/retreat center within driving distance which taught me a great amount of discipline of how to be more open to my foolishness both on and off the cushion, but overall I'm still learning and that's OK :)

nice to meet you all.
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"Bhikkhus, possessing five factors, speech is well spoken, not badly spoken; it is blameless and beyond reproach by the wise. What five? It is spoken at the proper time; what is said is true; it is spoken gently; what is said is beneficial; it is spoken with a mind of loving-kindness. Possessing these five factors, speech is well spoken, not badly spoken; it is blameless and beyond reproach by the wise."
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Re: hello from Canada!

Postby Babadhari » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:09 pm

hi randall

nice to meet you too
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Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28
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Re: hello from Canada!

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:59 pm

Welcome Randall!

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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: hello from Canada!

Postby cooran » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:42 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group:

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Re: hello from Canada!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:09 pm

Welcome Randall!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: hello from Canada!

Postby Mkoll » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:21 pm

Greetings, Randall!

randall wrote:overall I'm still learning and that's OK :)

That's excellent! We're all in that together here.

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Re: hello from Canada!

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:25 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: hello from Canada!

Postby pilgrim » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:05 am

Welcome...
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Re: hello from Canada!

Postby randall » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:39 pm

thanks for the kind replies!
"Bhikkhus, possessing five factors, speech is well spoken, not badly spoken; it is blameless and beyond reproach by the wise. What five? It is spoken at the proper time; what is said is true; it is spoken gently; what is said is beneficial; it is spoken with a mind of loving-kindness. Possessing these five factors, speech is well spoken, not badly spoken; it is blameless and beyond reproach by the wise."
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Re: hello from Canada!

Postby SarathW » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:40 pm

:hello:
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