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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 polarbear101 » Tue May 15, 2012 10:43 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel :anjali:

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


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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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.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Hello!

Postby Ben » Tue May 15, 2012 1:24 pm

Greetings Mercury and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
kind regards,

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Hello!

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

Welcome Mercury!
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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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:
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Hello!

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

Greetings Mercury,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


See also:

Introductory resources

Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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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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