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Nicolas

Postby Nicolas » Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:59 pm

Greetings!

I have always been a mind-oriented person, and have always had an interest in meditation, practicing my own made-up kind as a child before going to sleep.
I started experimenting with psychedelics in early 2011, which opened me up to spirituality in a big way in mid-2012 (i had always been a materialist atheist until then), specifically led me to investigate meditation more deeply in early 2013, and specifically led me to Buddhism in the fall of 2013. (I am aware of all fifth-precept talk; in my case i doubt i would have seriously turned to Buddhism without them, and as such i think they may be useful catalysts or sparks for those that are not naturally prone to it and are lucky enough to have the right experiences and mindset, even though they may also generate and perpetuate delusion.)
Since then, i have been increasingly interested in Buddhism, and several months ago started reading the Sutta Pitaka; during that time, this most coherent, sublime, and deep, deep Dhamma has won me over! and i started practicing.

My sitting meditation practice is regular but not daily yet. I have made a little progress in it lately, which is very encouraging.
Most of my online time is spent reading about the Dhamma, but i am aware that i need to shift away from reading and thinking, and focus more on practice. Mindfulness intermittently fills my days and i am very grateful for it.

I have not been on any retreat yet (beyond a one-day one, but i wouldn't consider that a retreat), but i plan on going to a 10-day Goenka one in early 2015.
I'm entertaining the idea of becoming a monk at some point in my life (the earlier the better), but i am aware that it may take a long time and that i may be over-zealous, wanting to rush things, or deluding myself into believing that i have the courage and determination to do it.

I come here for Dhamma discussion, help in my practice, admirable friendship (hopefully), and whatever else may arise.
I will address my biggest struggles in other threads.
I live in the Boston area in the USA and am turning 30 this fall.
I hope i have not been too self-centered in this message (especially considering all the "i"s), i thought that the exhaustive background information could help situate me better for more adequate replies.

That's it for now :-)
Thank you all, and metta to all.

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Re: Nicolas

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:36 pm

Welome Nicolas!

Thank you for the detailed introduction. It's nice to know something about the people that we are conversing with.

:anjali:
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Re: Nicolas

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:42 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Nicolas

Postby cooran » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:52 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group:
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
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Re: Nicolas

Postby Mkoll » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:04 pm

Nicolas wrote:I hope i have not been too self-centered in this message (especially considering all the "i"s), i thought that the exhaustive background information could help situate me better for more adequate replies.

Not at all self-centered. I agree with Mike. Thanks for sharing and welcome to the forum!

:hello:
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Re: Nicolas

Postby bodom » Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:56 pm

Welcome!

:anjali:
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: Nicolas

Postby SDC » Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:23 pm

Nicolas wrote:My sitting meditation practice is regular but not daily yet. I have made a little progress in it lately, which is very encouraging.
Most of my online time is spent reading about the Dhamma, but i am aware that i need to shift away from reading and thinking, and focus more on practice. Mindfulness intermittently fills my days and i am very grateful for it.


Welcome, Nicolas.

Remember it is all about balance and what works for you. You may go for some time without formally sitting, but at the same time be making great strides just contemplating what you have learned and applying it in your experience. Don't forget you can do this while sitting, walking, lying down, etc. And with reading - revisiting certain literature at different points along the way will reveal deeper insights. Remember do what works for you, and good luck!

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Re: Nicolas

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:22 pm

Welcome to DW!
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: Nicolas

Postby richiec123 » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:36 pm

It was dmt that unlocked the door for me I still had to step through it and I did.


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