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Postby Mercury » Tue May 15, 2012 10:28 am

I am new to the forums, and pretty new to Buddhism. I was raised a Christian but my parents didn't go to church every week, and we didn't talk about it much except for a period that lasted for about 4 years. In those 4 years I was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Church, and have since been baptized Baptist.

I have become a bit uncomfortable with a few tenets of Christianity and I don't know exactly where I stand at the moment, but when I read about Buddhism, it all seems to describe exactly what I have always felt I should be doing. I have been reading here and there about Buddhism for about 8 months, and doing my best to practice what I know daily but without any points of reference or a mentor I feel kind of lost. What I do know, is when I practice I am more at peace than I ever have been in my life. I just need questions answered and suggestions offered so I can learn better.

BTW, I'm 27, married(together nearly 8 years) with 2 kids. My wife is very happy with what we've learned about Buddhism and was actually relieved to hear me say I was unsatisfied with our Church. We think very much alike so that's good!

Any suggestions on how to start or texts I should read would be welcome!
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Re: Hello!

Postby polarbuddha101 » Tue May 15, 2012 10:43 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel :anjali:

you should read all the stuff on this webpage...

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/index.html

and after that also read ...

http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/mindfuln ... nglish.pdf - This is a book on meditation
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."
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Re: Hello!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue May 15, 2012 12:00 pm

Welcome! May whatever you learn here be for your long term happiness!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Hello!

Postby Ben » Tue May 15, 2012 1:24 pm

Greetings Mercury and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
kind regards,

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Re: Hello!

Postby bodom » Tue May 15, 2012 1:41 pm

Welcome Mercury!
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: Hello!

Postby manas » Wed May 16, 2012 12:08 am

Welcome, Mercury. When I read about how the Dhamma has brought more peace to your life, I felt a wave of sympathetic joy in my heart. That's just how I've been feeling lately, too.

Namaste :anjali:
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Re: Hello!

Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 16, 2012 1:28 am

Greetings Mercury,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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See also:

Introductory resources
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148

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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!

Postby Mercury » Wed May 16, 2012 10:49 am

Thank you for all the kind replies!! So far I have had no one to talk to about Buddhism other than my wife, and we are both learning. It's nice to finally find a community resource, the links provided so far are more than I can read at the moment, and that's a good thing! I look forward to learning what there is to know, and putting it into practice.
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Re: Hello!

Postby Kim OHara » Wed May 16, 2012 11:12 am

polarbuddha101 wrote:Welcome to Dhamma Wheel :anjali:

you should read all the stuff on this webpage...

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/index.html

and after that also read ...

http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/mindfuln ... nglish.pdf - This is a book on meditation

Great suggestions - but there's also an 'Introductory Resources' thread here on DW: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148
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