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Bob Z
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Hello everybody.

Postby Bob Z » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:39 pm

I started out as a child, to paraphrase Bill Cosby. One of my oldest memories was trying to get into bed with my parents and being rebuffed. I would curl up on the floor next to the bed. Remember clearly looking at the patterns in the rug or on the wall paper, it was the 50's wall paper being popular back then. My eyes would go round and round, connecting and unconnecting the patterns. I know now that I was meditating. Fast forward to now. I'm a recovering alcoholic. Mindfulness and Metta have played a major, if not the major role in maintaining my sobriety. It feels like finally this is IT. Anyhow, I ramble.

Thanks for reading,

BZ

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bodom
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Re: Hello everybody.

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:50 pm

Welcome!

:namaste:
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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Dhammanando
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Re: Hello everybody.

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:05 pm

Hi Bob,

Welcome, and thanks for the introduction. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
    ...and this thought arose in the mind of the Blessed One:
    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

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Re: Hello everybody.

Postby genkaku » Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:06 pm

Welcome Bob. Hope you find something useful here.

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Postby clw_uk » Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:12 pm

Welcome to the site Bob
:namaste:
Lost to a world in which I crave no part,
I sit alone and listen to my heart,
Pleased with my little corner of the earth,
Glad that I came--not sorry to depart
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Re: Hello everybody.

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:17 pm

Hi Bob
welcome :hello:
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog, - Some Suttas Translated, Ajahn Chah.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

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Re: Hello everybody.

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:55 am

Welcome Bob
Thank you for joining us!
I'm looking forward to your contributions

Ben
“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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Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:59 am

Greetings and welcome.

:hello:

Metta,
Retro. :)
“Delighting in existence O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence. they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind … (It. p 43)”

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