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Greetings from Bahamas

Postby baker » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:18 am

Hi All,
I've been on the path since the end of 2012, but I have been peripherally interested in Eastern spirituality and Buddhism over the years. I've been practising mindlessness in my life before that, so only remember some of the early "sparks" by reading bios here: Hermann Hesse and Siddharta, Thoreau, Gandhi, somebody's audio cassettes of The Bhagavad Gita (could have been 8 track tapes, just to date myself appropriately).
About a year ago I found Free Buddhist Audio (in the UK) and started downloading talks; then I found Dharma Seed in the US; then all the other stuff online ... how lucky are we?!
For quite a while I thought "I'm the only Buddhist on the island" - anyone like British humour? Little Britain "I'm the only gay in the village" (Welsh accent) who is then disappointed when he's not the only one. Well, I'm not unique anymore, I am finding a few Buddhists, but no real community yet. So I am hoping to find community here at Dhamma Wheel.
I am booked for my first retreat "Wise Concentration" at IMS near Barre, MA just before Christmas.
This weekend I took Thursday & Friday off work and "rolled my own" retreat here in my condo, turned off the phone & email & facebook, sign on the door ... the results were mixed ... need a few more practice runs before my IMS retreat I think!
Why Baker? That was my nickname when I was a kid, somehow, and now, well ... my mind's always cooking something up ... oh, wait, my mind is full of half-baked ideas ... ok, there'll be a prize for the funniest reason for Baker being a good nickname for a Buddhist :)
With kind regards.
A sit a day keeps the dukkha away ... should help anyway, I'll give it a try.
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Re: Greetings from Bahamas

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:25 am

Welcome Baker!

:hello:

:anjali:
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Re: Greetings from Bahamas

Postby cooran » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:31 am

Welcome baker! :group:
Please ask any questions you feel the knead to know ... I'm sure many here will have the skillet to provide answers.

With metta,
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Re: Greetings from Bahamas

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:49 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

We'll whip you into shape and bake you just right, not too raw not too well-done.

:stirthepot:

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Re: Greetings from Bahamas

Postby bodom » Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:53 am

Welcome Baker!

: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 from Bahamas

Postby SarathW » Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:05 am

:hello:
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Re: Greetings from Bahamas

Postby baker » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:29 am

Thank you all for the warm, and humorous, welcomes. :thumbsup:
A sit a day keeps the dukkha away ... should help anyway, I'll give it a try.
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Re: Greetings from Bahamas

Postby Virgo » Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:07 pm

Welcome Baker. :namaste:
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