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Postby zavk » Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:32 pm

Hello friends,

Some of you may have seen me around at E-Sangha where I post occasionally. I'm glad I was invited to this forum. Looks like there'll be some interesting discussions here. My (formal) practice derives from the Theravada tradition, although I find many Mahayana teachings illuminating and have certainly learned much (I think) from them. I teach at a university and am also researching into the politics surrounding the discourses and practices of 'spirituality' in contemporary society--i.e. I take the hypothesis that there are certain dominant and pervasive conceptions of 'spirituality' that overlook, ignore and diminish the transformative and emancipatory possibilites of what 'spirituality' can be;hence, I'm arguing for the need to contest such conceptions of 'spirituality' so as to open up the space for more ethically- and politically-enabling conceptions of spirituality to express themselves. It seems to me a forum such as this is a manifestation of the ethico-political impulse that drives the pursuit of spirituality.

Thanks for starting this, retro. Pleased to be here.
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Postby genkaku » Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:44 pm

Welcome zavk. Hope you find something useful here.

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Postby Ben » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:05 pm

Welcome Zavk, I'm very happy you could make it here!

“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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Postby bodom » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:30 pm


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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Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:42 pm

This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog, - Some Suttas Translated, Ajahn Chah.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

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Re: Hi friends

Postby Paul Davy » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:45 pm

Greetings and welcome, zavk!


Retro. :)
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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)

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