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Hi, hi, hi. :)

Postby Rob427W » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:38 pm

Hi guys,

I'm Rob. I'm living in South-Central Pennsylvania, US.

Not a great place, but nice enough where I can get some peace and quiet.


I just recently was at a teaching with Jack Kornfield -- GREAT Teacher! -- and Stanislav Grof. It was one of the famous Insight and Opening retreats at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Anyway, his instruction led me to question my practice a lot. I'm currently practicing Tibetan Buddhism -- working on my ngondro. I feel as though I was really getting lost in idealism, and Jack brought me back to the earth. Since the retreat I've been practicing breath-mindfulness, and feel more in contact with what is really going on inside.

I've been questioning my intentions quite a bit, and find myself at a cornerstone of my practicing-life. Should I continue on the path of Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhism, or both.


So, anyway, here I am -- exploring. Seeing what's going on.


Lots of love, folks,

Rob :group:

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Re: Hi, hi, hi. :)

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:44 pm

Greetings Rob,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Rob427W wrote:I've been questioning my intentions quite a bit, and find myself at a cornerstone of my practicing-life. Should I continue on the path of Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhism, or both.


Good luck in resolving this issue. It's one that I understand can cause some people a lot of consternation, particularly if they've broken or are at risk of breaking certain vows etc.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"When we transcend one level of truth, the new level becomes what is true for us. The previous one is now false. What one experiences may not be what is experienced by the world in general, but that may well be truer. (Ven. Nanananda)

“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

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Re: Hi, hi, hi. :)

Postby BlackBird » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:02 am

Hi there Rob

Should I continue on the path of Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhism, or both.


If I may offer my opinion, it's a decision that only you can come to, and probably requires a lot of reflection.
Something to sleep on, like a good pillow.

Metta
Jack
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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Re: Hi, hi, hi. :)

Postby Ben » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:07 am

Hi Rob!
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
Some teachers recommend that you practice one path to the exclusion of all others for a while. Perhaps that is what you need to do. See how vipassana benefits you - then you can make an informed decision.
I hope you find some support and sustenance here.
cheers

Ben
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Hi, hi, hi. :)

Postby Rob427W » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:37 am

Thanks for the warm greetings, folks.

I'm finding much to be contented with, in all of the link postings and so forth.


Lots of love!

Rob :heart:

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Re: Hi, hi, hi. :)

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:03 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


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