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
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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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'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: 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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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- 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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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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Metta,
Retro. :)
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

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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
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
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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