I wanted to introduce myself, since I've enjoyed very much reading posts here on Dhamma Wheel and posting a few questions. I came to mindfulness as a practice method a year ago when a friend mentioned John Kabat Zinn. After meditating by his method for a few weeks and discovering the power of meditation, I started researching the topic online and happened to come across many articles published on Buddhist websites (buddhanet, access to insight, etc). I had no idea how much the training of the mind has been cultivated by Buddhists for over 2000 years! After that, I bought a bunch of books (Buddhism plain and simple, Everyday Zen), learned about the Dhamma, got Bhikkhu Boddhi's wonderful anthology of the Canon (which I now resort to almost daily), got more and more into meditation, and now I can say that I am well on the Path, ready for another year of tremendous growth. Most of my resolutions for the new year involve some elements of the Path, such as taking on the 5 Precepts, giving more, cultivating a mind of compassion, capturing insights and journaling about them, improving my meditation posture, etc. I would also like to attend a few retreats and get involved with a community here in the UK (I live in north London). Of the various branches of Buddhism, I have decided to practice the Theravada approach, having briefly tested Tibetan Buddhism and Korean Zen. I also happen to find tremendous inspiration in the powerful Pali suttas.
I'm excited to be on Dhamma Wheel and look forward to many fascinating discussions!
"I do not perceive even one other thing, o monks, that when developed and cultivated entails such great happiness as the mind" (AN 1.10, transl. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi)
"So this spiritual life, monks, does not have gain, honor, and renown for its benefit, or the attainment of moral discipline for its benefit, or the attainment of concentration for its benefit, or knowledge and vision for its benefit. But it is this unshakable liberation of mind that is the goal of this spiritual life, its heartwood, and its end," (MN 29, transl. Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi)