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Postby davcuts » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:33 am

I'm new here. I recognize a great many of you from e-Sangha. I have only studied Tibetan Buddhism, and would like to know more about Theravada. If anyone has any good "Introduction to Theravada Buddhism", books I'd much appreciate it. Also who or what is Buddhaghosa? Sorry I read it on another thread and I don't know who or what it is. Anyway it's great to be here.

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Re: Howdy

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:43 am

Greetings davcuts,

Excellent to see you here.

Buddhaghosa was a Sri Lankan commentator who collated, compiled and contribute to the Theravada commentarial tradition, approximately 1000 years after the Buddha.

As for introductions to Theravada Buddhism, check out the pinned Introductory Resources thread in the Discovering Theravada forum.

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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: Howdy

Postby davcuts » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:10 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings davcuts,

Excellent to see you here.

Buddhaghosa was a Sri Lankan commentator who collated, compiled and contribute to the Theravada commentarial tradition, approximately 1000 years after the Buddha.

As for introductions to Theravada Buddhism, check out the pinned Introductory Resources thread in the Discovering Theravada forum.

Metta,
Retro. :)


Thanks Retro, if I had taken the time to look through all the threads before posting I would have found this thread: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=383
See I'm already learning. And get this I learned that Zen is not Theravada Buddhism. Wow who knew? Probably everybody but me :cry:
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Re: Howdy

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:33 am

Hi davcuts :hello:
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Howdy

Postby Dhammanando » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:45 am

Hi Davcuts,

Thanks for joining us. :smile:

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Re: Howdy

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:32 am

:hello:
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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: Howdy

Postby bodom » Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:32 pm

Welcome!

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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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Re: Howdy

Postby davcuts » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:25 pm

Thanks everyone for your kind welcome. I feel like I can ask questions here without being ridiculed. It's not the same at other groups. There you feel like you'll get a good scolding, maybe banning, if you say something out of line. Here it seems if you treat others with will respect, you'll get respect.


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Re: Howdy

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:50 pm

Hi Dave :toast:
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Re: Howdy

Postby dumb bonbu » Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:46 am

hi dave, in the same shoes as regards being new to Therevada. i'm finding In The Buddha's Words a great book to start with :twothumbsup:
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Re: Howdy

Postby davcuts » Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:49 am

Hi back at ya Drolma! It's good to see you here. :hug:

Thanks for the book recommendation dumb bonbu! I need all the help I can get. I have been wanting to look into Theravada for some time, but felt it was too complicated. It's good to know I'm not the only newbie to Theravada.
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Re: Howdy

Postby Tex » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:40 am

Nice to meet you.

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Re: Howdy

Postby Jesse Smith » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:53 pm

davcuts wrote:Hi back at ya Drolma! It's good to see you here. :hug:

Thanks for the book recommendation dumb bonbu! I need all the help I can get. I have been wanting to look into Theravada for some time, but felt it was too complicated. It's good to know I'm not the only newbie to Theravada.


Welcome davcuts,

I've found Theravada to be uncomplicated, not easy, but uncomplicated. Maybe choosing a path or spiritual belief is like choosing a wife. You can choose the sexy, high maintenance girl you can't quite trust, just for the excitement or the trophy value. Or you can choose the simple good cook with healthy, child-bearing hips. ;)
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Re: Howdy

Postby davcuts » Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:35 pm

It's nice to meet you as well Tex. 8-)

Jesse what I find complicated is some of the terms used. Maybe a good Theravada dictionary would help me along. :lol:
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Re: Howdy

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:39 pm

davcuts wrote:It's nice to meet you as well Tex. 8-)

Jesse what I find complicated is some of the terms used. Maybe a good Theravada dictionary would help me along. :lol:


Me too! :hug:

http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=70&view=unread#unread
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Re: Howdy

Postby davcuts » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:19 am

Drolma wrote:
davcuts wrote:It's nice to meet you as well Tex. 8-)

Jesse what I find complicated is some of the terms used. Maybe a good Theravada dictionary would help me along. :lol:


Me too! :hug:

http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=70&view=unread#unread


Thanks Drolma, you're awesome! :twothumbsup: I had not even been to that thread. That's going to help me big time.

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