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Greetings

Postby Josh Badgley » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:48 pm

Hi friends. I am Josh, and I have been a practicing lay Theravadin for about two years now. I live in Houston, Texas. I am a single father and a part-time college student. Although I have occasionally visited the local vihāra here in Houston, I am not closely affiliated with it and am very happy to find a place to discuss the Dhamma with other practioners, especially in English! It seems that most of the teachers I read and follow are Sri Lankan or are affiliated with Sri Lankan Buddhism, such as Bhikkhu Bodhi, Narāda Thera, Bhante G, but I also enjoy Thanissro Bhikkhu's writings. I hope to have many fruitful Dhamma discussions!

:anjali:

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- Josh (Upāsaka Duṭṭhagāmaṇi)

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enlightened and blessed (M I 37; A III 285).
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Re: Greetings

Postby David2 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:50 pm

Hello and welcome aboard! :hello: :group:
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Re: Greetings

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:57 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings

Postby bodom » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:01 pm

Welcome Josh from your neighbor in San Antonio!

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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: Greetings

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:37 pm

Welcome!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Greetings

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:20 am

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

Nice picture. 8-)

I grabbed the same pic a few weeks ago and inverted it (using MS Paint)

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Retro. :)
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)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Greetings

Postby Ben » Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:55 am

Hi Josh and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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