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Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby Erdrickgr » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:37 am

I hope you won't mind if I keep my intro short... for now... though I suppose if I say more later it won't be an intro anymore will it? well anyway... I'm from Pennsylvania (US), 33 years old, a widower, a student, and interested in learning/growing/being (or whatever word works best). I wasn't really raised in religious homes, and spent my late teens and 20's in Christianity (Protestant and then Eastern Orthodox).

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Re: Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby bodom » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:44 am

Welcome Justin!

What part of Pennsylvania? I lived in the Reading/Allentown area of Pennsylvania for over 20 years.

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: Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:45 am



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Re: Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby Erdrickgr » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:46 am

Thanks for the welcome :) I'm currently in Latrobe (about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh).
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Re: Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby Ben » Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:16 am

Hi Justin and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:06 am

Erdrickgr wrote: 33 years old, a widower,

Samsara sucks! Too young (for her to pass away)!

Anyway, welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:21 am

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: Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby cooran » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:02 am

Hello Justin,

Welcome! :group:

with metta
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
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Re: Yeah, It's Just Me

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:41 am

Greetings Justin,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
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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