Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

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Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Postby mcali » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:33 am

Hi all,

I was introduced to the Theraveda tradition recently through a retreat in Thailand at Wat Suan Mokkh. I did not really know too much about Buddhism (much less the different traditions prior to that) and was just seeking to learn meditation techniques while on my life/career break. However, the experience opened up a different view of life that makes absolute sense to me.

I have been reading posts on this forum ever since the retreat I found the community here so helpful and supportive in answering past questions. So, I thought it was time to register and say 'hello!' I'm looking forward to continued learning and being a part of this community.

Kindest regards,

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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:44 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:18 am

Welcome Aboard.
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:39 am

If you liked Wat Suan Mokh, try perhaps reading more of Buddhadasa's work here:

Mindfulness with Breathing

Handbook for Mankind

Also, you might even be interested in contacting Wat Atammayataramain the States, as they distribute many shorter essays of his for free.

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

Stuff I write about things.

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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Postby Ben » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:10 am

Greetings Marilen and welcome to Dhamma wheel.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Postby cooran » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:52 am

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :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: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Postby mcali » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:39 am

Thank you all!

LonesomeYogurt - Thank you for the links. i will check them out!

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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Postby bodom » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:32 pm

Welcome Marilen!

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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