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Greets

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.
(Visit http://www.BodhiBox.com for a free Buddhist e-mail account, while you're still attached to the 'net...)

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Re: Greets

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

Greetings Stephen,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Greets

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

Welcome.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

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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

Ben
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Greets

Postby Sumano » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:20 am

Hi namesake! Welcome to DW.

:anjali:
I am on the path, however not yet advanced. Any opinions or insights I share are meant entirely for discussion purposes and in cases where people might find them beneficial in whatever way. Since I am not advanced on the Path, I cannot guarantee that what I say will always necessarily be 100% true or in line with the Dhamma. However, having had an extremely interesting life with a wide variety of different (many of them deep) experiences, I hope that anything I share will be of use, provide food for thought, and inspire interesting and beneficial discussions.

Mettā to all! :anjali:

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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.
(Visit http://www.BodhiBox.com for a free Buddhist e-mail account, while you're still attached to the 'net...)


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