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DhammaDan
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Greetings!

Postby DhammaDan » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:41 am

Hello everyone!

It's great to be here! Despite my corny username, friends call me Dan. I used to be on E-sangha when suddenly my account ceased to function...then I got a Facebook message from venerable Dhammanando (through the Pali group) about these forums and thought it'd be great to join and continue discussion.

So a little about myself...I'm a Penn State freshman majoring in Art History and Japanese. I have been Buddhist for about...oh, 2 years I believe. Time sure does fly. I often call myself and Independent Theravada Buddhist for personal reasons, but nevertheless find much interest in all forms of Buddhism and other religions for that matter! Funny thing is, of all the religious groups on campus, there are none for Buddhism. I'm thinking about starting a group for lay people of all Buddhist traditions to come and practice meditation and discuss various ideas from the suttas. Hope that goes well...

So I hope to contribute and get along with everyone here. I'm glad to meet you all and hope we have a wonderful journey.

With metta,
Dan :namaste:

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Re: Greetings!

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:52 am

Hi, Welcome
:hello:
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"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: Greetings!

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:55 am

:hello:
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Greetings!

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:11 am

Greetings and welcome Dan.

Metta,
Retro. :)
“Delighting in existence O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence. they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind … (It. p 43)”

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Re: Greetings!

Postby Dhammanando » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:23 am

Hi DhammaDan,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
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Re: Greetings!

Postby Ben » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:39 am

Welcome DhammaDan!
Welcome to DhammaWheel!
Ben
“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.
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Re: Greetings!

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:33 pm

Welcome!

:namaste:
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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