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Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby jslinjr » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:39 pm

Hello everybody, my name is Jeff.

I have been curious about Buddhism off and on for the last 6 years. Beginning with introductions to Zen from my cousin I started out reading "The Three Pillars of Zen" by Philip Kapleau. Now I am crossing over to find myself more inclined to Theravada teachings. The past few years in this life have been a struggle for sure. I've become more angry, less open to new ideas and generally being a less than good person, but now that is getting put behind me. I am living this life to follow the 5 precepts, the noble eightfold path and becoming a better person for the good of my family and others.

I'm glad to be here and hope I can practice and learn with all of you!
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Re: Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:24 am

Welcome Jeff! :group:

With metta,
Chris
---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 Bakersfield, California!

Postby SarathW » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:53 am

:hello:
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Re: Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:00 am

Welcome aboard Jeff!

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Re: Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby Mkoll » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:17 am

Welcome, Jeff.

:anjali:
Peace,
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Re: Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:20 am

Welcome Jeff! I wish you success in your chosen path!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby bodom » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:22 pm

Welcome Jeff!

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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: Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:11 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby jslinjr » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:12 pm

Thank you for the kind welcoming. :thanks:
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Re: Hello from Bakersfield, California!

Postby SarathW » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:18 pm

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