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Hello from New Jersey!

Postby Challenge23 » Thu May 17, 2012 4:26 pm

Hello,

I came here from Dharma Wheel after I saw an essay I quoted from posted here.

My experience with Buddhism is almost exclusively from the Mahayana perspective and I am hoping to get some alternate opinions in regards to certain questions that I have about the Dhamma.

Please forgive any ignorance on my part and excuse the fact that my questions may seem foolish or basic. Also understand that I don't ask rhetorical questions and am pretty strict in regards to rules of logic. For example, my latest pet peeve is attempting to define things negatively(which is impossible).

Thank you,
James
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Re: Hello from New Jersey!

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu May 17, 2012 4:45 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello from New Jersey!

Postby mikenz66 » Thu May 17, 2012 7:20 pm

Welcome!

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Re: Hello from New Jersey!

Postby cooran » Thu May 17, 2012 8:14 pm

Welcome James! Look forward to reading more from you. :group:

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Re: Hello from New Jersey!

Postby Ben » Thu May 17, 2012 9:50 pm

Greetings James and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Hello from New Jersey!

Postby bodom » Thu May 17, 2012 11:10 pm

Welcome James!
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 from New Jersey!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri May 18, 2012 9:16 am

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