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camala
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Here to learn

Postby camala » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:02 pm

Good morning all! I'm new to Dhamma Wheel and new to Buddhism. My introduction to even the idea pursuing of Buddhism came in the form of a phenomenal yoga class which I attended for the work out, and have returned to over and over again for the spiritual lift. I've dabbled online, researching Buddhism and purchasing several books/ audio books on the history and meditation (Getting Unstuck, The Art of Mindful Living, Reflections on Meditation: A Guide for Beginners, and Buddha in Blue Jeans) but I am looking for more. More knowledge, more to practice, more understanding, more relief from suffering, more kindness and more direction. I'm excited to explore, and if anyone has suggestions as to best places to start (exploring the forums or exploring Buddhism in general) please feel free to point me in the right direction.

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Re: Here to learn

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:25 pm

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Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Here to learn

Postby cooran » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:38 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :group:

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Re: Here to learn

Postby Ben » Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:11 am

Greetings Camala and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
You may wish to check out the pinned thread "Introductory resources" in the Discovering Theravada forum.
Wishing you all the best,

Ben
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Re: Here to learn

Postby Alobha » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:04 am

Welcome Camala!

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Re: Here to learn

Postby bodom » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:15 am

Welcome Camala!

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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: Here to learn

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:18 am

Greetings Camala,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Re: Here to learn

Postby Magoo » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:21 am

camala wrote:Good morning all! I'm new to Dhamma Wheel and new to Buddhism. My introduction to even the idea pursuing of Buddhism came in the form of a phenomenal yoga class which I attended for the work out, and have returned to over and over again for the spiritual lift. I've dabbled online, researching Buddhism and purchasing several books/ audio books on the history and meditation (Getting Unstuck, The Art of Mindful Living, Reflections on Meditation: A Guide for Beginners, and Buddha in Blue Jeans) but I am looking for more. More knowledge, more to practice, more understanding, more relief from suffering, more kindness and more direction. I'm excited to explore, and if anyone has suggestions as to best places to start (exploring the forums or exploring Buddhism in general) please feel free to point me in the right direction.


Hi Camala,

A life transformation led me to Yoga also, which led to mediation, which led to a Buddhist Meditation Retreat, which led to Buddhism for me. What a relief it was to know there is a solution to my dissatisfaction in life. The path is challenging but rewarding. This I already know!

Best of luck and Mega Metta to you!

Eamonn

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Re: Here to learn

Postby waimengwan » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:11 am

Welcome to this awesome board!


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