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eldritchmoon88
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Hello from New York City

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Hi all, I see the introduction thread and thought it would be useful. I am a near absolute beginner. I have some very light experience with meditation, and have read maybe one or two books, and have been to a Buddhist temple twice.

I have a long and painful history with religion. I grew up in an abusive cult, by abusive I mean physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and sexually. I was able to escape with my mother and sister as a teenager.

Since then I have wandered the gambit from Roman Catholicism, to Islam, to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, to European paganism, and back and forth between them, for about 17 years.

However, the whole time, Buddhism has always called to me from what I know of it. I am going to surrender to that call, and begin to take this seriously, as I believe it's the only way I can find inner peace.

I live in New York City. I am married. I have 6 children.
Thanks for reading.
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Welcome! The only thing I know of New York is from tv shows, and seeing it nearly destroyed in countless Hollywood films.
Have you seen this sequenced recommendation list?
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eldritchmoon88
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Thank you!

I am going to start reading 'What Buddhists believe" by K Sri Dhammananda as soon as I can find my Kindle! :twothumbsup:
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Welcome :hello:
“When serenity is developed, what purpose does it serve? The mind is developed. And when the mind is developed, what purpose does it serve? Lust is abandoned.”

“When insight is developed, what purpose does it serve? Wisdom is developed. And when wisdom is developed, what purpose does it serve? Ignorance is abandoned."


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Since then I have wandered the gambit from Roman Catholicism, to Islam, to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, to European paganism, and back and forth between them, for about 17 years.
Welcome to DW.
You sound like Buddha who went to many teachers before his enlightenment.
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Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Paul. :)
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"Why now do you assume 'a being'? Mara, have you grasped a view?" (SN 5.10)

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I am going to surrender to that call
Well, this depends on exactly what you mean by "surrender to a call". Many people who didn't grow up Buddhist have probably felt called to the dhamma. I know I was. But the foundation of the practice must be the Four Noble Truths and the framework of the Noble Eightfold Path. To realize these truths, the practice of virtue is required: the 5, 8, 10, or monk's precepts. All of these depend on the insight that 1) suffering is caused by clinging and ultimately by ignorance and 2) we often cling to unreliable refuges because of suffering, which causes not only more suffering but also bad behavior. If you want to really get out of that cycle, you can take refuge in the Triple Gem and practice according to the teachings. But just "surrendering" to a call isn't going to be a sturdy enough foundation without these insights.
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Welcome!

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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.

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Welcome to DW!

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May you fulfill your deepest wish for truth and happiness.

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May we all fulfill our deepest wish for happiness

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Hello from Jersey City, neighbor!
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