I'm happy to have found these forums. I have been interested in philosophy, psychology, physics and Buddhism for many years, but it is only in this last year that I began studying Theravada. And what a year it has been. I believe I have found what I want to do with my life. While I feel I may still be in a period of developing complete trust in the Dhamma, that has not stopped the teachings from pervading and positively influencing nearly every aspect of my life. And my recent discovery of many lectures by Venerable Madawela Punnaji have taken my trust and appreciation even further. I look forward to some interesting discussions with everyone.
Through many of samsara’s births I hasten seeking, finding not the builder of this house - pain is birth again, again. O builder of this house you’re seen, you shall not build a house again, all your beams have given away, rafters of the ridge decayed, mind to the unconditioned gone, exhaustion of craving has it reached.(Dhp - 153, 154)