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Postby orangemod » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:49 am


Thank you for having me. My name is Dave.
Briefly, I lost my Father & a year later my Sister...struggled with addiction and had some unpleasant changes in my life. Unhappiness became the norm for me.
I realized my "old ways" were not working for me anymore. Full of anger, attachments, addictions and general negative thoughts, I was very unhappy.
I searched and luckily found Buddhism teachings. I turned my Mom onto meditation and Buddhism as well.
We both have benefited greatly !!!
I know meditation is to be "practiced" like any other learned skill....but I must say that after only a few weeks my attitude towards myself and others has made a huge change.
So, I will be here to humbly ask for help and suggestions.
Thank you for having me.
Cheers, Dave

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Re: Greetings

Postby catmoon » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:02 am

Sorry to hear you are having a tough time. May you find comfort here.

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Re: Greetings

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:50 am


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Glad you found this path to freedom!

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Re: Greetings

Postby Ben » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:54 am

Hi Dave
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
I hope you find some illumination here as well as some wholesome companionship on the path.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Greetings

Postby BlackBird » Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:14 am

Hi Dave

Dhamma Wheel has a couple of important virtues.

- I've been around a few forums over the years and Dhammawheel without a doubt has the best moderation team I have seen.
- There are numerous members here who's advice is well worth listening to, because they really know their stuff. In my opinion if you ask a question here you're more than likely to get good response.

If you stick around and read the forums and links that get posted it's quite easy to get grounded in conceptual Buddhist doctrine, which is an important part of the pie. The other important part is the practice - developing virtue, concentration, and insight through observing the nature of things.

Glad to hear you've made it to the path, hope your efforts continue to be fruitful.

with metta
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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Re: Greetings

Postby Paul Davy » Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:41 am

Greetings Dave,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


Retro. :)
What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'.
(Snp 3.6)

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Re: Greetings

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:40 am

Wlcome to Dhammawheel
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Re: Greetings

Postby orangemod » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:10 pm

Well....thank you all for the kind words and encouragement !!!

Truthfully, maybe 10 years ago I would have thought meditation some kinda silly trendy thing that "trendy" people do to fit in somehow.
I was quite deluded and close-minded.
I'm here to say, meditation has brought so much good to my Mom's life as well as mine. Buddhist teaching has changed me and my "core" attitudes towards others as well as situations.
Before my Dad passed away, he charged me with the responsibility of helping my Mom move on with her life after he is gone. Until I discovered Buddhism & meditation, progress for her was painfully slow. She had no "tools" to she does.
Of course I feel very fortunate to meet y'all and just to have found Buddhism.
Happy New Year to y'all.

Cheers, Dave

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