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Greetings from east Tennessee

Postby Spider Monkey » Sun May 20, 2012 1:25 am

My name is Dennis.I'm am newly practicing Buddhist. Tho I am terrible at it I feel as tho I have been Buddhist all my life.It was fortunate for me that I discover buddha as a child. Tho I did not know his name the teachings of baddha brought peace to a child who was in a bad place. For the wisdom I am most GRATEFUL.With out it I may have been lost to insanity. But I have discovered that tho I may have escaped my troubles as a child I am still very much dependent on the wisdom in buddha. I tried really hard for many years to practice the religion of my father. It only brought misery to my life. Finally reaching my breaking point with that religion I put it away. I thought back to the most inner peaceful time of my life to a time when i should not have been peaceful because i was in a harsh environment. I can plainly remember opening a red hard back book named the Wisdom of Confucius. I was a child in a bad place. i could not even keep a toy. But this book became my most prized possion . I hid it and would sneak it out at night or at any other opportunity to read it. But one day it was discovered and I have never seen the book again. Fortunate not long after i was rescued from the situation. I returned to a seemly normal life but i have never forgot that book. And once finally ridding myself of that religion as an adult and remembering the book I began to search for my old friend again and in doing so i found a treasure of knowledge and wisdom, more than my mind can hold.I learn that the thing I was looking for was buddha because he was the source of what i was reading. Sadly I have never found that book again tho it means very much to me. But the good thing is i have found where the wisdom in that book came from and most importantly I found who and what i am.I am ignorant of these different kinds of buddism and i think it is well for me to allow it come out naturally and not cling to one or the other till such time as it reviled to me what path i should take if indeed i am to choose one. But I am definitely sure buddha is the only way to peace for me. I want to learn more about what it means to be buddist but in the region where i live books and resources on buddha are all most non-existent. I have no other choice than to pursue buddha, without it I am not a good person and my life becomes so miserable I cant stand it. But this is my path and as long as i can stay on it i am happy, nothing else will do. So i will end this with an "hi my names is dennis and tho i am not a good one or a really smart one i am a buddist. Please forgive my grammar I have not got a good education but i can read and think well.And if any should happen upon my book I would be most grateful to know. It is more valuable to me than any price that may be placed on it.I Very much look forward to learning here and would thank all of you for having me.May we all find the peace within and have the wisdom to dwell there often. :sage:

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Re: Greetings from east Tennessee

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sun May 20, 2012 1:29 am

Well off the top of my head this might be it: http://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Confucius- ... 586&sr=8-1

Anyway, welcome!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
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Re: Greetings from east Tennessee

Postby mikenz66 » Sun May 20, 2012 1:33 am

Welcome Dennis,

You might want to check out some of our resources such as:
Introductory resources
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148

Best Wishes
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Re: Greetings from east Tennessee

Postby Spider Monkey » Sun May 20, 2012 1:40 am

LonesomeYogurt wrote:Well off the top of my head this might be it: http://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Confucius- ... 586&sr=8-1

Anyway, welcome!

unbelievable its not the exact book, mine had some drawings on the front of it but that is the closet thing I haven seen to it so far. Many thanks i am probably gonna order that one on pay day. Maybe it is not my book can not be found maybe i just lack knowing where to look for it. Thanks i feel silly for mentioning it now but i am glad i did.You made that look easy.

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Re: Greetings from east Tennessee

Postby Spider Monkey » Sun May 20, 2012 1:42 am

mikenz66 wrote:Welcome Dennis,

You might want to check out some of our resources such as:
Introductory resources
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148

Best Wishes
:anjali:
Mike

thanks i will be book marking that right now

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Re: Greetings from east Tennessee

Postby bodom » Sun May 20, 2012 2:04 am

Welcome Dennis!

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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 from east Tennessee

Postby Ben » Sun May 20, 2012 3:28 am

Greetings Dennis and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
May you be happy!
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Re: Greetings from east Tennessee

Postby cooran » Sun May 20, 2012 4:06 am

Welcome Dennis! Look forward to reading your posts around the forums. :group:

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Re: Greetings from east Tennessee

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun May 20, 2012 12:54 pm

Welcome Dennis! My mother lives in East Tennessee and frequents a Tibetan Buddhist center there. I know of a few viharas (temples) in Murfreesboro and Nashville as well. May you find what you're looking for! :hug:
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