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Postby FatDaddy » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:04 pm

I have been lurking here for a while and it seems that this could be a place for skillful dhamma discussion.

I came to the dhamma the old fashion way (at least for my place and time) through 60's and 70's counterculture. My first inkling of a spiritual life started with discovering the Transcendentalists in high school. From there it was Alan Watts, Krishnamurti, Suzuki Roshi, psychedelics, communal living and vegetarianism. It was pretty syncretic but very much a learning experience. And it was fun.

In my more settled early adult life I had the great good fortune of knowing some Venerable Bikkhu’s. I still dabbled in Zen and was generally quite wobbly but became very drawn to the Pali Suttas and Metta, Samatha and Vipassana practice.

In more recent years I have made an attempt to come to terms with the Christianity of my childhood and culture. The point of entry again was the Transcendentalists through their 19th century Unitarian Christian roots. I love the rejection of original sin and the emphasis
on self reliance and salvation by character. It sounds a bit like Buddhism, but it lacks Buddhism’s depth and complete path to fruition. I try to imagine what they would have been like if people of that era had access to Suttas that we do today.

I have never thought of my self as being conservative in any way but today I would call myself a very conservative Theravadin Buddhist. I have a busy family and professional life but it is dhamma practice that is at the heart of everything I do.

with Metta,

FatDaddy
Happy, at rest,
may all beings be happy at heart.
Whatever beings there may be,
weak or strong, without exception,
long, large,
middling, short,
subtle, blatant,
seen & unseen,
near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart.

Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.
— Sn 1.8
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Re: Greetings

Postby waimengwan » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:15 pm

Welcome FatDadday I hope you have a fruitful journey on the forum : )
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Re: Greetings

Postby bodom » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:05 pm

Welcome FatDaddy!

:anjali:
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

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:01 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings

Postby cooran » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:02 pm

Welcome FD - Look forward to reading your posts around the forums. :group:

with metta
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Re: Greetings

Postby TravisGM » Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:05 am

Welcome to the dhamma wheel!

Good to see some older people here too
:namaste:
To be happy...
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Re: Greetings

Postby Ben » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:29 pm

Greetings FatDaddy and welcome!
Its good to have you here.
kind regards,

Ben
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.

Sutta Nipata 3.725


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Re: Greetings

Postby Ytrog » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:05 pm

Welcome :)
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.


mindfulness, bliss and beyond (page 8) wrote:Do not linger on the past. Do not keep carrying around coffins full of dead moments


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