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Hello from Houston.

Postby Zack » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:55 pm

I feel Like I already know most of you here from a few years of lurking on the other forum but since few know me, an introduction seemed appropriate.

Anyway
42 year old Service Technician with a family trying to figure out how to fit Buddhism into my daily life in a meaningful, committed way.
I sometimes attend the Sri Lankan Temple here intown with Ven. Basnagoda Rahula Thero who I claim as my teacher but have not visited in sometime.
I have completed a 10 day vipassana course but do not meditate regularly anymore and can't claim that I have ever mastered a committed meditation schedule.

Currently I seem to be reevaluating Buddhisms effectiveness in my life or at least my commitment to it. I'm hopping by increasing my efforts to interact with other Buddhist I may rekindle my enthusiasm for practice.

Thank you again for the new forum.

Wishing you all well,
Zack.
I am of nature to decay, I have not gone beyond decay.
I am of the nature to be diseased, I have not gone beyond disease.
I am of the nature to die, I have not done beyond death.
All that is mine, dear and delightful, will change and vanish.
I am the owner of my kamma, heir to my kamma, born of my kamma, related to
my kamma, abide supported by my kamma. Whatever kamma I shall do,
whether good or evil, of that I shall be the heir.
Thus we should frequently recollect.
- Upajjhatthana Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya v.57
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Re: Hello from Houston.

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:01 pm

Hi
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Hello from Houston.

Postby genkaku » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:19 pm

Welcome Zack and thanks for your efforts.

Others may disagree, but I think every Buddhist student goes through periods of revision. At first, Buddhism was 'x' but now it seems more like 'y.' At first there was enthusiasm, but then the enthusiasm got stale. At first there were hopes, but then those hopes ran into daily-life realities. As I say, I think all this an more like it happens to anyone who takes up a Buddhist practice.

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to any of this. Everyone muddles along as best they can. But I think one key element is patience ... and not biting off more than you can actually chew. If you find no convenient time to fit in an hour of meditation, find a convenient time to fit in 20 minutes, or 10, or 5. Same with reading or memorizing or chanting or whatever other exercises your practice suggests. Just be constant in the promises you make to yourself and things have a way of falling into place.

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Re: Hello from Houston.

Postby Ben » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:59 pm

Hi Zack

Like what Genkaku says, many of us have gone through periods where our our motivation disappears from view and our practice gets thrown in the 'too hard' basket. My own experience has been that my practice has been renewed by pulling myself through those difficult times. I don't think you could go wrong by makng contact with other practitioners to discuss your situation and to find inspiration, and finding the time to do what it is that you do in your practice.
Welcome to Dhammawheel.
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Re: Hello from Houston.

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:36 pm

Greetings and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
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: Hello from Houston.

Postby floating_abu » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:28 pm

Zack wrote:I feel Like I already know most of you here from a few years of lurking on the other forum but since few know me, an introduction seemed appropriate.

Anyway
42 year old Service Technician with a family trying to figure out how to fit Buddhism into my daily life in a meaningful, committed way.
I sometimes attend the Sri Lankan Temple here intown with Ven. Basnagoda Rahula Thero who I claim as my teacher but have not visited in sometime.
I have completed a 10 day vipassana course but do not meditate regularly anymore and can't claim that I have ever mastered a committed meditation schedule.

Currently I seem to be reevaluating Buddhisms effectiveness in my life or at least my commitment to it. I'm hopping by increasing my efforts to interact with other Buddhist I may rekindle my enthusiasm for practice.

Thank you again for the new forum.

Wishing you all well,
Zack.


Good to see you and old Ducky again, Zack. :) Welcome and best wishes.
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