I come from Zen backgrounds, been a Theravadin since more than a decade. I used to be rather devoted, or obsessive practicioner - even a monk wannabe at times. I had luck to practice with some great teachers, did lot of retreats, etc. Now, as I got older, my practice suffered a bit - or it's just anicca. I'm stuck with covid isolation & family duties, but thanks to our ancient Path it's not so bad, even good at times - one gets less distracted.
I was reading this board for years and it've became my virtual Sangha somehow. Especially since I moved to a new country and got separated from my Damma friends. I would like to express my gratitude to the makers and members of Dhamma Wheel for your countless posts, shared experiences, sutta refferences and download links. For example, I ' ve learned about "Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree" by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu here, a truly wonderful book. So thanks again! Perhaps I will post something useful, too.
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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