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Postby ericmattingly » Wed May 09, 2012 2:19 am

My name is Eric. Most of my reading in Buddhism has been in zen, but I have read and enjoyed this forum for several months. My laziness and skepticism is corrosive, yet no matter how hard I try I can't escape "the Damma." Anyway, just thought I'd say hey. You guys really have a good thing going here. Vale.

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Re: Hello

Postby polarbear101 » Wed May 09, 2012 3:04 am

Welcome aboard, despite your skepticism I think the best thing you can do is start meditating and differentiating between skillful and unskillful. Even if some claims in buddhism aren't true that doesn't mean there isn't lots of wisdom to be gained by practicing. Think of buddhism as an old well that you've stumbled across while traveling through the desert and you're desperately thirsty, but when you pull water from the well it's mixed with a small amount of mud or dirt so you have to take your shirt off and sift the water through your shirt and you'll come up with enough clean water to quench your thirst. In other words, investigate, but use your intelligence as well, there's no need to immediately accept everything with reckless abandon
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Re: Hello

Postby mikenz66 » Wed May 09, 2012 3:43 am

:hello:

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Re: Hello

Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 09, 2012 3:57 am

Greetings Eric,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Thanks for saying hi!

:hello:

Metta,
Retro. :)
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

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Re: Hello

Postby ericmattingly » Wed May 09, 2012 5:05 am

polarbuddha101 wrote:Welcome aboard, despite your skepticism I think the best thing you can do is start meditating and differentiating between skillful and unskillful. Even if some claims in buddhism aren't true that doesn't mean there isn't lots of wisdom to be gained by practicing. Think of buddhism as an old well that you've stumbled across while traveling through the desert and you're desperately thirsty, but when you pull water from the well it's mixed with a small amount of mud or dirt so you have to take your shirt off and sift the water through your shirt and you'll come up with enough clean water to quench your thirst. In other words, investigate, but use your intelligence as well, there's no need to immediately accept everything with reckless abandon

Thanks Polarbuddha! I rather like your analogy. One thing I've learned: if I there is something I think is wrong (at least when it comes to Buddhism), then I'm almost always mistaken. It's happened so much it's ridiculous. I sometimes feel like I should just give up on the "be lamp unto yourself" thing. But of course if I can't be my own lamp neither can anyone else. The key is to become a better lamp, right? I still need convincing when it comes to reincarnation, though. Or the omniscience of the Buddha. Or that an arahant dies after seven days if he hasn't ordained.

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Re: Hello

Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 09, 2012 5:20 am

Greetings Eric,

ericmattingly wrote:Or the omniscience of the Buddha. Or that an arahant dies after seven days if he hasn't ordained.

Neither of these are stated in the Sutta Pitaka, so perhaps you have no need to artificially convince yourself of these things?

Metta,
Retro. :)
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

"If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good." - Thomas J. Watson

Never again...

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Re: Hello

Postby Ben » Wed May 09, 2012 6:19 am

Hi Eric and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
kind regards,

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Re: Hello

Postby Cittasanto » Wed May 09, 2012 6:41 am

ericmattingly wrote:My name is Eric. Most of my reading in Buddhism has been in zen, but I have read and enjoyed this forum for several months. My laziness and skepticism is corrosive, yet no matter how hard I try I can't escape "the Damma." Anyway, just thought I'd say hey. You guys really have a good thing going here. Vale.


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