Why I Came Here

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Why I Came Here

Postby locusphor » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:05 pm

Hey All,

My name is Rob. After struggling in isolation for what seemed like many years, I reached a point of white hot suffering in my life and through it received my first taste of awareness. It's been observed many times before, but I found out for myself living proof of the relationship between endless pain and eventual liberation.

While I was toiling by myself I can honestly say I hardly felt the need for community (sangha) at all. Sure I was alone, and I knew it. But from the moment of my liberation I knew something altogether different was tugging at my heart. I had to find a community. I think it has something to do with placing myself in situations where I can work on giving back and acting selflessly.

And so, one of the places I'm seeking fellowship is on the internet. I was hoping that other members in this group would help me with my learning. Specifically, I like reading books. Even more than reading though, I like sharing about books, searching for hidden messages, and listening to commentary from other members of the readership.

Thanks for having me. I look forward to sharing.

Rob. :group:

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Re: Why I Came Here

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:00 pm


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Re: Why I Came Here

Postby Tex » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:00 pm

Thanks for joining us, and welcome.

"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement." -- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Re: Why I Came Here

Postby bodom » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:04 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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Re: Why I Came Here

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:18 pm

“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: Why I Came Here

Postby Butrfly_Nirvana » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:08 pm


There are a lot of great threads here with book suggestions! I think I'll be reading for the next year! :reading: :reading: :reading: lol

Enjoy the community!


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Re: Why I Came Here

Postby Paul Davy » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:38 pm


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: Why I Came Here

Postby zavk » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:45 am

Hello and welcome!
With metta,

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Re: Why I Came Here

Postby Ben » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:48 am

Hi Rob
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

“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: Why I Came Here

Postby nowheat » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:23 pm

locusphor wrote:Even more than reading though, I like sharing about books, searching for hidden messages, and listening to commentary from other members of the readership.


But oh dear! Well, in Buddhism there are lots of suttas to read if you enjoy going directly to the source, and the vagueries of 2,500-year-old tales handed down by humans for generations makes it rife with possibilities in searching for hidden messages.

:jumping: <-- me laughing at myself.

Join us in the Dhammic free-for-all's great rebirth thread, if you'd like a dose of it.


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