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Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby Gideon » Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:33 am

I am not a regular forum user of any sort, please forgive me if I ramble. Typing out a short introduction feels as if I am talking to myself, hopefully that will change once I get to know some of you.

Now let's see, I need to share some basic details...
I am 19 years old, live in Canada, am a student in high-school, have a menagerie of medical conditions that spend a considerable amount of time to regularly treat, and am not sure how I should start pursuing Theravāda Buddhism or otherwise similar beliefs. If any of you could please recommend some foundational literature, I would be extremely thankful. And please, assume my cursory knowledge is slight, it's better to err on the side of caution in this regard.

I would like to share some excess details, they're a bit unnecessary; please feel free to skip them.
There are too many medical problems for me to list, so I'll put down the prominent offenders;
- cyclical vomiting syndrome
- extreme insomnia (8-16 hours of sleep/wk. on average)
- inability to retain food of any sort
- various bouts with cancer
These are the reasons I had to miss a year of school for medical treatments and a temporary medically induced coma (to balance my age and the fact that I still attend high-school).
Otherwise, I spend the entirety of my time reading, mostly in preparation for university (I'd like to attend for a double major in Social-psychology and Anthropology, with a minor in Theology).

That's about all I have to say for my introduction, but I would greatly enjoy any sort of conversation with you all.
And I hope you all have a great day.
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Re: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby Mkoll » Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:46 am

Hi Gideon,

I'm sorry to hear about your medical conditions. I hope they abate.

IMO, the best introductory resource for someone interested in Buddhism is In the Buddha's Words by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. There is a forum thread here where you can basically read it online. But it's also well worth the ~$15 or so for a copy of the book.

Take care.
Peace,
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Re: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:18 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Good luck with your treatments. I am sure you are following your physician's instructions.

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Re: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby SarathW » Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:46 am

Hi Welcome!

This is my standard recommendation.
a)Read Buddhism Course. (Take about 12 hours to read and give you a good idea about the teaching)
http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/PDF_BuddhismCourse/

b)Print a copy of this Dhamma Chart and refer to it while studding Buddhism.
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=16785

c) Read Buddha’s Teaching by Narada. Start from chapter 15.
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/buddh ... gsurw6.pdf
You are ready to go!
Get well soon!
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Re: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby cooran » Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:32 am

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group:

Good to have you here, Gideon.

With metta,
Chris
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Re: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:29 am

Greetings Gideon,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

Best wishes for your health and happiness.

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Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby Aloka » Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:41 am

Hello and welcome, Gideon

You can find lots of free resources on this website:

http://forestsanghapublications.org/

With kind wishes,

Aloka

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Re: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby bodom » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:36 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: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby Sokehi » Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:42 pm

Welcome, I hope you'll be well soon :anjali:
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What does womanhood matter at all, when the mind is concentrated well, when knowledge flows on steadily as one sees correctly into Dhamma. One to whom it might occur, ‘I am a woman’ or ‘I am a man’ or ‘I’m anything at all’ is fit for Mara to address. – SN 5.2

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Re: Hello, I am eager to chat!

Postby wornoutskin » Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:01 pm

Welcome, Gideon!
He who neither goes too far nor lags behind,
greedless he knows: "This is all unreal,"
--such a monk gives up the here and the beyond,
just as a serpent sheds its worn-out skin.
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