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Postby Stephen » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:38 pm

Greetings and salutations! My first name is Stephen and I'm still rather new to Buddhism. I've studied the teachings off-and-on for only a year or two. This is the second Buddhist forum that I've visitied. I've been hanging around a forum for new Buddhists since January, shortly after I came to direct realization of Impermanence, Selflessness and Dependent Arising. I started out asking questions but found that before long I was also able to impart some knowledge to those in need.

I'm not specifically Theravadin, and I'm not a monk. I do consider the Tipitaka / Pali Canon to be the best source I've found so far for authentic Dhamma though. I would rather accept the totality of all Buddhist teachings, of all schools, and keep all of these teachings in mind until direct experience / realization makes clear that which is true and that which is not. I hope that I am welcome on your forum even though I do not label myself as part of any particular school.

I am probably better suited to responding to questions concerning the Theravada tradition than any other school because of my preference for the Tipitaka. I had some initial aversion to Mahayana because I felt it was much too culture-driven, so most of my studying has been of the Tipitaka. I've moved beyond that aversion and can view the different schools with equanimity, but I hope you don't hold that against me. ;)

I started the first Buddhist-specific free e-mail service on the 'net (to my knowedge), http://www.BodhiBox.com. I'm not sure if anyone would be interested, but it's there and it's free; powered by Google Mail (Gmail).

I continue to practice and hope to progress further before too long, but until I've left the householder life and I still have internet, I see no reason not to help out wherever I can.
The "self", which is a construct of the mind, is non-self. It is not us, and we are not it. This self blinds us to reality; it is our Mara, our Satan, our Hades. Cast it out and behold the path to freedom.
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Re: Greets

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:44 pm

Greetings Stephen,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Retro. :)
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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Greets

Postby bodom » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:01 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: Greets

Postby Ben » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:43 pm

Hi Stephen
Nice intro!
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
I hope you feel at home here.
kind regards

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Re: Greets

Postby Stephen K » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:20 am

Hi namesake! Welcome to DW.

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Re: Greets

Postby Stephen » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:16 pm

Thank you all.
The "self", which is a construct of the mind, is non-self. It is not us, and we are not it. This self blinds us to reality; it is our Mara, our Satan, our Hades. Cast it out and behold the path to freedom.
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