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Mercury
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Hello!

Post by Mercury » Tue May 15, 2012 10:28 am

I am new to the forums, and pretty new to Buddhism. I was raised a Christian but my parents didn't go to church every week, and we didn't talk about it much except for a period that lasted for about 4 years. In those 4 years I was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Church, and have since been baptized Baptist.

I have become a bit uncomfortable with a few tenets of Christianity and I don't know exactly where I stand at the moment, but when I read about Buddhism, it all seems to describe exactly what I have always felt I should be doing. I have been reading here and there about Buddhism for about 8 months, and doing my best to practice what I know daily but without any points of reference or a mentor I feel kind of lost. What I do know, is when I practice I am more at peace than I ever have been in my life. I just need questions answered and suggestions offered so I can learn better.

BTW, I'm 27, married(together nearly 8 years) with 2 kids. My wife is very happy with what we've learned about Buddhism and was actually relieved to hear me say I was unsatisfied with our Church. We think very much alike so that's good!

Any suggestions on how to start or texts I should read would be welcome!

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Re: Hello!

Post by polarbear101 » Tue May 15, 2012 10:43 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel :anjali:

you should read all the stuff on this webpage...

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and after that also read ...

http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/mindfuln ... nglish.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - This is a book on meditation
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Hello!

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Tue May 15, 2012 12:00 pm

Welcome! May whatever you learn here be for your long term happiness!
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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Re: Hello!

Post by Ben » Tue May 15, 2012 1:24 pm

Greetings Mercury and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
kind regards,

Ben
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Re: Hello!

Post by bodom » Tue May 15, 2012 1:41 pm

Welcome Mercury!
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: Hello!

Post by manas » Wed May 16, 2012 12:08 am

Welcome, Mercury. When I read about how the Dhamma has brought more peace to your life, I felt a wave of sympathetic joy in my heart. That's just how I've been feeling lately, too.

Namaste :anjali:
"To these too I teach the Dhamma which is lovely in its beginning, lovely in its middle and lovely in its ending, in spirit and in letter, I display to them the holy life, perfectly fulfilled and purified."
- from the Desanaa Sutta

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Re: Hello!

Post by retrofuturist » Wed May 16, 2012 1:28 am

Greetings Mercury,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

See also:

Introductory resources
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Hello!

Post by Mercury » Wed May 16, 2012 10:49 am

Thank you for all the kind replies!! So far I have had no one to talk to about Buddhism other than my wife, and we are both learning. It's nice to finally find a community resource, the links provided so far are more than I can read at the moment, and that's a good thing! I look forward to learning what there is to know, and putting it into practice.

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Re: Hello!

Post by Kim OHara » Wed May 16, 2012 11:12 am

polarbuddha101 wrote:Welcome to Dhamma Wheel :anjali:

you should read all the stuff on this webpage...

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and after that also read ...

http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/mindfuln ... nglish.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - This is a book on meditation
Great suggestions - but there's also an 'Introductory Resources' thread here on DW: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148
:reading:
:smile:

:namaste:
Kim

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