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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,


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


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

Hi Bob,

Welcome, and thanks for the introduction. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
Khandhānaṃ rāsaṭṭhaṃ, āyatanānaṃ āyatanaṭṭhaṃ,
Dhātūnaṃ suññaṭṭhaṃ, indriyānaṃ adhipatiyaṭṭhaṃ,
Saccānaṃ tathaṭṭhaṃ aviditaṃ karotītipi ‘avijjā’.

It prevents knowing the meaning of heap in the aggregates, the meaning of actuating in the sense-bases, the meaning of voidness in the elements, the meaning of predominance in the faculties, and the meaning of suchness in the truths, thus it is called ‘ignorance’.
(Visuddhimagga XVII. 43)

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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
Pure awareness is pure knowledge

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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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Postby Ben » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:55 am

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

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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Postby Paul Davy » Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:59 am

Greetings and welcome.


Retro. :)
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What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

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