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Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:37 pm

Hi, The no BS Buddhist here.
So-called because even in my community, I'm known for not mincing my words, and telling it like it is. :guns:

Compassion, to me can be divided into two broad streams; one, unskillful, or 'Fool's Compassion' the other, far better thought-out, or 'Wise Compassion'.

I try to adhere to the latter as far as my poor, ineffective human mind will allow; but I'm a great believer in the fact that Compassion is not always delivered as a beautifully wrapped parcel, with a pretty pink bow, and tweeting birds and fragrant flowers. :quote:

Sometimes, it's a stripped-to-the-waist bare-knuckle boxer.

I have been a dedicated follower of Buddhism for nearly 45 years now.
I still know nothing about it, to its deep basic core.
I don't quote suttas, and have not memorised long tracts of teachings, nor am I your archetypal scripture-waving student of the Dhamma.
I can't for the life of me state what I have read, where, when and how long it took; I cannot wade into long, complex and detailed discussions on the whys and wherefores of what the Buddha said, what he meant, and why.
But this I do know.
The 4 Noble Truths, the Eightfold path and the 5 (occasionally 8) Precepts have been an underpinning, focal life-saving foundation of my days, and I will continue to practise diligently, on those premises, until the day I draw my last breath of this life.
His teachings on re-birth, Kamma and the Kalama sutta, resonate with me; I like what he says about insults, and the Dhammapada is a bedside companion; but then, what I know of them is at idiot level, so it's really no surprise.

My history, and my life are mine to own, know and deal with. They are of little or no relevance to anyone here, and once I'm dead, will be more inconsequential than the worms feasting on my corpse.
If they won't matter then, they sure as heck don't matter now.

But I hope to spend an enjoyable time here, engaging and discussing things in a light-hearted manner, with fellow-minded individuals.
I will warn you; I lean heavily on humour, and taking things lightly. Because I have discovered, in my eventful time here, so far, that nothing, but nothing, is ever as serious as we think it is, or should be.
The text on my avatar, reads:
"I see laughter in a moment of silence".

Well, I am rarely silent.
But I'm always laughing. :rofl:

With much Metta to you all. :toast:

(Love all these emoticons, by the way. What a great collection!) :clap:
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:56 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:57 pm

Thanks David.
I presume you're the feller in the foreground, rather than the big guy at the back.

Nice to be here. :smile:
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:12 pm

:hello:

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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:23 pm

Welcome! :anjali:
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: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:25 pm

Very nice to be so welcomed.... Thanks all for the greetings!

(Why do I have a double layer of formatting tools above the message box? and which tool do I use to post a link as part of a message text?)

You can see I'm a hardened expert in these matters, can't you....? :D
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby binocular » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:46 am

TheNoBSBuddhist wrote:I presume you're the feller in the foreground, rather than the big guy at the back.

Feller?
Heh.
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:31 pm

:thinking:

...Well....

He looks like a 'feller' from here..... :embarassed:

:lol:
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby Crazy cloud » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:48 pm

Hi there, nice intro - almost made a "coaffe over the keyboard" situation here .. but a very refreshing shock it was, yess :tongue:

be well and happy!
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:00 pm

Thanks Crazy Cloud....

I'm glad your keyboard was spared the 'coffee moment'....

in my experience, removing all the keys and cleaning the mess up can be a real bitch.


(Can I say 'bitch' here....? I only ask, because i have a 'she-dog'..... :D )
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby bodom » Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:42 pm

Welcome!

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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, fellow followers!

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:05 pm

binocular wrote:Feller?
Heh.


TheNoBSBuddhist wrote::thinking:
...Well....
He looks like a 'feller' from here..... :embarassed:
:lol:


Feller = slang for dude.

Yes, that's me, though much older and balder now.
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:00 am

David N. Snyder wrote:Feller = slang for dude.

Aren't they both slang?

Is "feller" an American version of "fella"? http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... lish/fella

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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby culaavuso » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:25 am

TheNoBSBuddhist wrote:Hi, The no BS Buddhist here.

Hello and welcome.

mikenz66 wrote:Is "feller" an American version of "fella"? http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... lish/fella


Feller, fella, fellow discusses the Southern US and some parts of the Eastern US as regions where the term is commonly used.
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby binocular » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:10 am

culaavuso wrote:Feller, fella, fellow discusses the Southern US and some parts of the Eastern US as regions where the term is commonly used.

Feller.
Spelling "fellow" as "feller" may have been a double entendre.
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:37 pm

British people also use the term feller....

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/defin ... ler#feller

And as I am a Scot, I didn't think this would generate such etymological interest.... :thinking:
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby Crazy cloud » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:12 pm

then it's obvious that this must be no true scotsman .. :tongue:

Person A: "No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."
Person B: "I am Scottish, and I put sugar on my porridge."
Person A: "Well, no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:01 pm

Hell---ooooo..... I just posted a comment in a thread titled 'Kamma' and apprently I am under moderator scrutiny.... Could someone tell me what I have done wrong?
I don't recall breaking any regulations.... :cry:
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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby culaavuso » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:19 pm

TheNoBSBuddhist wrote:Hell---ooooo..... I just posted a comment in a thread titled 'Kamma' and apprently I am under moderator scrutiny.... Could someone tell me what I have done wrong?
I don't recall breaking any regulations.... :cry:


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Re: Greetings, fellow followers!

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:47 am

Ah, I see.
Well, the post has appeared, so obviously, I did not offend any sensibilities.

Thanks. :sage:
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