Hello from Fig Tree

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fig tree
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Hello from Fig Tree

Postby fig tree » Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:26 am

Hi,

I think it may have been a good time to create a forum like this one, and I thank the people responsible for getting it started up.

I'm a beginner. I'm a mathematician who takes an overly intellectual approach to many things. ;) I'm hopeful however that I can begin practicing more seriously in the near future, and contribute to the community here and elsewhere.

Fig Tree

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Re: Hello from Fig Tree

Postby Ben » Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:32 am

Welcome Fig Tree

I am delighted that you have joined the Dhamma Wheel where we can all benefit from your insights.
Metta

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- 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: Hello from Fig Tree

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:02 am

Greetings Fig Tree,

Lovely to see you here. I've always enjoyed reading your posts.

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Hello from Fig Tree

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:36 am

Hi,
your intro reminded me of a zen story I know!
first empty your cup!
I don't have time to recount it now unfortunetly, but you may be able to find it on one of the links in Dhamic Stories section I posted?
nice to of met you
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But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
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Re: Hello from Fig Tree

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:28 pm

Hi FIg. Good to see you!

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Re: Hello from Fig Tree

Postby fig tree » Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:07 am

Manapa wrote:Hi,
your intro reminded me of a zen story I know!
first empty your cup!

I have read this story many times in different forms. :clap: I think I read it for the first time as a teenager in a book from a non-Buddhist religious tradition, possibly even before I was aware that there was such a thing as Zen. It's a very popular story!

Good to see retro, bubba, and Ben here too.

Fig Tree


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