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Postby Jason » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:22 am

Hi. My name is Jason, and while over the years I have been attached to one view or another, I have attempted to be as open-minded and impartial as I can be. I have studied and practiced Thai-style Theravada Buddhism for a number of years, at times living there or spending extended periods in retreat. I am currently practicing at a Taiwanese Mahayana temple with a monk who originally studied meditation for eighteen years as a monk in Thailand before being ordained in Taiwan, as well as with a Tibetan nun who is ordained in the Palyul Nyingma lineage and is the current teacher of the local Sakya center. (Hell, occasionally I even attend meetings at a local athiest and freethinkers group, plus I have recently visited a local Greek Orthodox church.) Nevertheless, in all of this time, nothing I have seen or heard matches the profound simplicity that is contained within the early teachings themselves, which is why I identify with Theravada more than any other tradition.
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Re: Hey.

Postby Jechbi » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:34 am

I'm very happy that you are here.
:)
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But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
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Postby Jason » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:34 am

Thanks. :)
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Postby Fede » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:35 am

Oh, me too!

Hya Jason!
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Postby Cittasanto » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:06 am

Hi :)
“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: Hey.

Postby Paul Davy » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:23 am

Greetings Jason,

Lovely to have you here... I've always enjoyed your postings, though I had no idea your background and practice was so eclectic!

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Retro. :)
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'."
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Re: Hey.

Postby appicchato » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:57 am

Warm greetings Jason... ;)

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Re: Hey.

Postby Placid-pool » Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:34 am

Cooee Jason, it's me KW. All the gang is here! Good to see you :D

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Postby Ben » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:07 pm

Welcome Jason
I'm glad you could make it!

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Re: Hey.

Postby christopher::: » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:55 pm

Welcome over Jason...!

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Re: Hey.

Postby Jason » Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:35 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.
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