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Another rookie

Postby Lazy_eye » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:54 am

Hello all,

This looks to be a great site and I hope you won't mind if I climb aboard too..I've met a few of you over at e-sangha and am glad to find you here. I'm 42, a married father of two, live in central Maryland, have had a casual interest in Buddhism since my teens but began to look into it more seriously a couple of years ago -- after, of all things, finding a dhamma text in the drawer of a hotel where I was staying. Yep, right there with the Gideon's and the Book of Mormon.

Still at an early stage in my practice and study, and haven't yet decided on a tradition to follow -- I'm most interested in Theravada and Zen, though there are aspects to Pure Land which I find appealing as well. Looking forward to the sutta study group and, in general, some lively discussions.

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Re: Another rookie

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:02 am

Greetings and welcome, lazy eye.


Retro. :)
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Re: Another rookie

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:07 am

Lazy_eye wrote: after, of all things, finding a dhamma text in the drawer of a hotel where I was staying. Yep, right there with the Gideon's and the Book of Mormon.

Cool. :jedi:


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Re: Another rookie

Postby Ben » Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:44 am

Welcome Lazy Eye. I remember answering one of your questions over at e-sangha a couple of days ago.
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Re: Another rookie

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:17 am

“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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Re: Another rookie

Postby genkaku » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:59 am

Welcome lazyeye. Hope you find something useful here.

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Re: Another rookie

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:33 pm


To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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