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Got room for a neophyte?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:44 am

Greetings All,

I see many names here that I associate with wisdom and experience and I've always done best when surrounded by smart people! :thumbsup:

Anybody mind if a Dhamma rookie hangs out an avatar here? :smile:

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Re: Got room for a neophyte?

Postby Paul Davy » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:46 am

Greetings and welcome AdvaitaJ.


Good to see you here.

Retro. :)
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Re: Got room for a neophyte?

Postby Dhammanando » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:49 am

Hi AdvaitaJ,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

AdvaitaJ wrote:Anybody mind if a Dhamma rookie hangs out an avatar here? :smile:

Not in the least. :smile:

Best wishes,
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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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Re: Got room for a neophyte?

Postby Ben » Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:28 am

Welcome AdvaitaJ
I'm happy you have joined us!
Most of the 'old gang' is here!

“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: Got room for a neophyte?

Postby genkaku » Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:52 am

Welcome AdvaitaJ. Hope you find something useful here.

Don't worry ... I think they only do the goldfish-swallowing ritual on Tuesday nights. :)

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Re: Got room for a neophyte?

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:07 am

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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Got room for a neophyte?

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:12 am

This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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"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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Re: Got room for a neophyte?

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:32 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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