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New guy on the block!

Post by dhamma savaka » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:04 pm

Hi folks,

I have been a dhamma practitioner for almost a year and have been following this discussion forum for quite a few months (I've learned so much from this forum). I finally registered and this is my first post!

I'm a Chinese-Canadian guy who grew up in a very traditional but non-Buddhist family. However, certain elements of "popular Buddhism" have been integrated into Chinese culture over the centuries and as a result, growing up as a kid, Buddhism always seemed hokey and I always thought that the Buddha was "the fat guy at the restaurants" (Hotei) or that the Buddha was a god that you "pray" to and thus it never appealed to me.

About two years ago, however, I was backpacking through Pakistan and I came across many abandoned Buddhist sites (although there are no longer any Buddhists in Pakistan), eg: Dharmajika stupa, Mankiala stupa, Taxila, the Ashoka edicts at Mansehr, etc. So when I came back, I wanted to learn more about the history of Buddhism and that revealed to me a dimension of Buddhism that I had never knew before (it also helped the fact that one of the first books I read on this subject was "What the Buddha Taught" by the Venerable Walpola Rahula). I did some more research and the more I read, the more it made sense to me! And of course, then I started with the meditations.

I look forward to learning more from this forum and from you all!

:anjali: Metta,


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Re: New guy on the block!

Post by retrofuturist » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:16 pm

dhamma savaka wrote:growing up as a kid, Buddhism always seemed hokey and I always thought that the Buddha was "the fat guy at the restaurants"

Welcome to the forum, and nice username. :thumbsup:


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Re: New guy on the block!

Post by bodom » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:19 pm

Welcome Al!

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: New guy on the block!

Post by mirco » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:35 pm

Welcome :-)
"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." - Bhikkhu Anālayo

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Re: New guy on the block!

Post by Cittasanto » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:04 pm

Welcome Aboard!
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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
John Stuart Mill

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Re: New guy on the block!

Post by DNS » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:34 pm

Hi Al,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Interesting background and glad you found the Dhamma.


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Re: New guy on the block!

Post by Noah » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:51 pm

Nice to see this site is a resource for so many :) I am totally new and still surfing the forums a lot. Look forward to meeting you and sharing our experiences more!

Evil is caused by and is the cause of future suffering, abandon at all costs! Cultivate virtuous qualities and live the happy life! Just as all wise human endeavors, from Physics to Philosophy, approach the Dhamma; be fearless in your reverence for it- The time for the True Law is yet to dawn in the west!! :D

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