Greetings from Utah

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rukkha
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Greetings from Utah

Postby rukkha » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:40 am

Hi All! I am a Pali Buddhist attending Utah Valley University. I'm majoring in Philosophy now and when I graduate I want to study ancient Indo-European languages. I've been teaching myself Pali and Sankrit and translating suttas in preparation for this. I fear that my study is overtaking my practice however, and this is not helped by the fact that I have no kalyana-mitta in this hostile environment. Any advice for strengthening my practice in isolation? I hope to meet some like-minded individuals soon.

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Re: Greetings from Utah

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:08 am

Welcome!

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Re: Greetings from Utah

Postby manas » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:14 am

Welcome rukkha, great to have you aboard. :smile:

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Re: Greetings from Utah

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:54 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings from Utah

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:07 am

Greetings rukkha,

Maybe the absence of kalyana-mittas in meatspace could be offset by the presence of kalyana-mittas in cyberspace?....

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Re: Greetings from Utah

Postby SarathW » Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:28 am

:hello:

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Re: Greetings from Utah

Postby bodom » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:18 pm

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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