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Hello from Wisconsin!

Postby TessaHenley » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:17 pm

Hello Everybody,

My name is Tessa Henley. I am currently living in Wisconsin, USA. I am 20 years old and I am very interested in Buddhism. I read as much material as I can, and I started daily meditation last week. I absolutely want to commit to this education/philosophy/lifestyle, but I do have questions and would like to reach out to others that are more evolved than I. My first and largest question is how does one go about practicing Buddhism on a daily basis? Is it just meditation and following the Eightfold Path? I know and understand the Three Refuges also, but is there more out there that I'm not finding? I feel like I can meditate, follow the Eightfold Path, and take refuge in the Three Refuges, but I am not changing anything in my daily life (except meditationg everyday). I've read of a practice that chants 9 times a day to help stay focused. Are there any other practices to help keep everything in mind?

I apologize, I'm probably very overwhelming. I just am so curious and I really want to channel myself to Buddhism!

Thank you very very much in advance and I look forward to this journey with you all.
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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:04 pm

Welcome!

All you have to do to "be" a Buddhist is take refuge in the Triple Gem. Try and observe the five precepts, follow the Noble Eightfold Path, and set aside some time for meditation. May I ask what type of meditation you are currently doing, or if a certain teacher interests you?
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.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Postby bodom » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:09 pm

Welcome Tessa!

: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: Hello from Wisconsin!

Postby cooran » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:51 pm

Welcome Tessa! :group:

It is probably easier if you start threads in the sub-forums on particular topics. Look forward to reading your posts.

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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:07 pm

Hi Tessa and welcome!

Sounds like you are doing well. I recommend a residential meditation retreat to get you established.
We can discuss that and other options in another thread.
kind regards,

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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: Hello from Wisconsin!

Postby TessaHenley » Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:54 am

Thank you all so much for the input! To carry on this conversation, I started a thread under the General Theravada Discussion.

I titled it, "Trying to gain more insight..."

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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:50 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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