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Postby steeltarrow » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:06 am

Hi everyone! I stumbled across Bhante Gunaratana's Mindfulness in Plain English about 2 years ago and have read and reread it several times though never started a sustaining meditation practice. About a year ago I picked up his Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, but still was never able to start a practice. Well now I am re-reading it and hoping this time I actually start something. Because of my current situation I am unable to search out a meditation group or sangha so I am hoping to be able to ask possible questions to this board or gain some pointing in the right direction if I need it. I am grateful to the creators and moderators (not to mention the contributors) for this resource and I hope to grow in my knowledge and spiritual understanding as well as my practice and become helpful to others in return.
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Re: Greetings all!

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:21 am

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel... I hope the community here can be of some assistance.

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Re: Greetings all!

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:18 am

Welcome steeltarrow!

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Re: Greetings all!

Postby bodom » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:05 am

Welcome!

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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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Re: Greetings all!

Postby Ben » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:27 am

Greetings steeltarrow and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
There are a few of Bhante G's practitioners here and I am sure they will only be too happy to help.
Some other resources here include the Great Meditation Challenge thread. We also have a group at insight timer.com 'Dhamma wheel meditation challenge'. I hope they are of assistance to you.
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Re: Greetings all!

Postby SarathW » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:30 am

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Re: Greetings all!

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:01 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings all!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:14 am

Welcome!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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