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Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby Dewgong » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:47 am

In searching for an answer to a question I had about my object of meditation, I found this place and promptly decided to sign up. I'm a 22 year old from Seattle, WA, USA, though I'm currently enrolled at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. I'll be graduating this spring with a degree in Psychology :toast: . I'm not sure what will come of it yet, but I hope to enjoy the journey.
I've been meditating since the fall of 2010, but with no real teacher. I only found a direction for focus more recently, that being Vipassana, but for now just awareness of breath. I was attracted to it for its simplicity and overt openness. Most of my learning so far has been online and somewhat solitary, so I am happy and grateful to have found this place. Just in writing this I feel more a part of the Sangha than I ever have before. Following my graduation I hope to attend my first Vipassana 10-day retreat, I've heard they can be quite the experience.
Thank you in advance for the help to found in this community.
May all living beings be happy, may all living beings be free from suffering, may all living beings find peace and well being.
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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:48 am

Ah Bellingham, great town! I'm from Seattle myself originally.

Have you tried to go to the Bellingham Insight Meditation Society meetings? It's a great little club, and sometimes they get some pretty wise monks to come through and teach as well. I would really recommend it!

It would be too long for regular visits, but you might also consider a trip to Wat Atammayatarama in Woodinville, Washington. The monks there are very nice and you could take the precepts/refuges with them, which is always nice and encouraging.

I hope you find this little forum of use! It's always good to see another person coming to Buddhism in the Pacific Northwest :)
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Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
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Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby plwk » Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:59 am

:hello:
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby Dewgong » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:10 am

I have been to a few meetings in the past, but not recently. The Red Ceder Dharma Hall is actually just down the street from where I currently live. Great suggestions, I'll have to look into that other place also (the name escapes me as I can't see it while I'm writing).
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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:37 am

Dewgong wrote:I have been to a few meetings in the past, but not recently. The Red Ceder Dharma Hall is actually just down the street from where I currently live. Great suggestions, I'll have to look into that other place also (the name escapes me as I can't see it while I'm writing).

Atamma is definitely a great place. Also, Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu lives in the Bellingham area as well; perhaps try contacting him if you'd like: http://www.nippapanca.org/
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:24 am

:hello:

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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby cooran » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:07 am

Welcome Dewgong! :group:

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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:20 am

Welcome Dewgong!

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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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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:49 am

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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby Dewgong » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:04 pm

LonesomeYogurt wrote:Atamma is definitely a great place. Also, Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu lives in the Bellingham area as well; perhaps try contacting him if you'd like: http://www.nippapanca.org/


There is some interesting stuff in this link, I'm enjoying going through it, thank you. It's funny, I think I have met this guy before at a past meeting at Red Cedar. I still have a copy of his translated Atthakavagga on my bookshelf.
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Re: Hello. May all living beings be happy.

Postby waimengwan » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:24 am

Welcome may all your efforts on DW be beneficial and speed you on your way.
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