Hi there I've been a Buddhist for about 4 years now. I joined the group because I'm very interested in becoming a monk in Thailand and while asking for advice about it I was linked to this website.
Would love to meet fellow practioners.
My practice history consists of living at a residential Zen center for a year in new Mexico and since than I've been very passionate about Buddhism.
I've been on around 4 retreats since leaving the residential center, all fairly intensive in the Zen/Chan/Seon tradition with 1 Goenka Visspassana 10 retreat.
Moving forward I'm hoping to live a simple life of few possessions, association with fellow devoted practioners, and an opportunity to do meaningful work in community.
So hope to meet some fellow practioners and get some advice about moving forward in my monastic aspirations.
PS my name is a Buddhist name given to me during lay ordination at a vietnemese Thien Monastery.
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This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don’t cling to it. Whether it’s like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don’t try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That’s all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ‘us’ nor ‘them’. None of them are worthy of clinging to.
- Ajahn Chah
- Ajahn Chah