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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 Paul Davy » 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

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: 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


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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