Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

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Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

Postby MrsCogan » Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:44 pm

I've been reading about Buddhism for 30 years. The first book I ever read was The Three Pillars of Zen. Interesting, but I didn't understand a word of it. All these years I've been reading and listening to Dharma talks. Interesting, very interesting. About 2 years ago I realized I'd been studying broom-making for decades and had never begun actually sweeping anything. Now I spend a lot of time sweeping and not so much time learning how to make a broom--though it's still interesting!
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Re: Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:51 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

I see you are quite the writer! (from your signature link)
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Re: Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:42 pm

Hi Like your book site
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

Postby BlackBird » Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:57 pm

Great to have you with us
I like your distribution model too :thumbsup:

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Re: Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

Postby Ben » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:22 pm

Welcome MrsCogan
I hope you like it here!
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Re: Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:32 pm

Greetings Mrs Cogan,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

Postby Guy » Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:43 pm

Hi Mrs Cogan,

Welcome to DhammaWheel!

I have been the same way - a lot of theory, not as much practice. Starting to find more of a balance now. The people on this site really practice well and are a great resource when you have doubts about your practice.

With Metta,

Guy
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2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Re: Just Starting To Sweep the Floor

Postby MrsCogan » Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:55 pm

thank you all for the welcome!
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