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Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:40 am
by Saravya
Hi, I'm Saravya. (It's actually my last name) from sunny Southern California. I'm a new member here (obviously. hehe) and happy to see that it's a small group. :D I came from e-Sanga, I joined there last month, but it's such a large group that it's sort of intimidating for me to join in on conversations. So, I'm very happy to see a small discussion forum for Theravada.

I'm also new to Buddhism. I've been reading up on the different traditions, and one of the reasons Theravada interests me is because it doesn't focus on rites and rituals. I do not believe in God...well, more accurately I cannot fathom the existence of a God. I have read through some of the Introductory resources in 'Discovering Theravada', however, that is a lot of text to read on a screen. It would be most appreciated if someone could suggest me some books on beginning Theravada, and anything else that anyone thinks would benefit me along the way. I'm very very new.

For a couple months now, I've made it a point to take into practice the 4 Noble Truth and Eight Fold Path along with Precepts. I even have it pinned up on my desktop as a reminder that I need to always be practicing this in everyday life. One thing I've left out is meditation. I haven't done it yet, I'm not sure how to do it. :? I suppose some more reading is in the works for me.

Wow, I just realized that most new members post are short, and mine is kind of long...Hehe, sorry about that.

:toilet: <--- Hahaha. I'm easily amused.

Re: Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:46 am
by floating_abu
lol, Welcome, Saravya and thanks for your introduction.

Hope you find it useful here. Best wishes.

Re: Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:37 am
by Fede
saravya, be gentle with yourself.
There is no hurry.
Study of the 4, the 8 and the 5 can, and may take you a lifetime.
This is a good thing to focus on, because this is what your practice boils down to.

Don't worry too much about meditation.
I also probably don't 'meditate' as much as I should.... or maybe I do, but not in a conventional sense!

Horses for courses.....

Welcome!
:namaste:

Re: Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:47 am
by zavk
Welcome!

Metta,
zavk

Re: Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:50 am
by floating_abu
Saravya wrote:One thing I've left out is meditation. I haven't done it yet, I'm not sure how to do it. :? I suppose some more reading is in the works for me.
Common references are "Mindfulness in Plain English" or alternatively, I like Anapanasati from Ajahn Sumedho - or Zazen if you are happy to read from other traditions.

You learn how to meditate by doing it. i.e. a bit like riding a bike. It is the pinnacle of right concentration so meditation is generally regarded as quite important and worthwhile.

Re: Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:06 am
by retrofuturist
Greetings and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have. I think I'll hold off making any recommendations on texts etc. before seeing what you're curious about at the moment.

:hello:

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:28 pm
by BlackBird
Welcome friend.

As far as meditation goes, the link Floating_abu posted about Anapanasati is worth checking out. Venerable Ajahn Sumedho is very learned indeed.

Wishing you well
With metta
Jack :heart:

Re: Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:02 pm
by Saravya
Thanks for the warm welcomes :D and thank you floating_abu for those recommended reading on meditation.

I'm curious about the very beginning of Theravada Buddhism and would like to read more about it. I've only read some texts on accesstoinsight.org about what Theravada Buddhism is and I've read about other traditions as well and that they all follow the 4 Noble Truth and 8 Fold Path, but have different paths (ie: Mahayana). But, I want to mainly focus on the Dhamma, apply it in everyday living, and so far from what I read, meditation is a very big part of it. I do have one book 'Loving Kindness' by Sharon Salzburg that was recommended to me. I'm only on the 3rd chapter, but when reading the text, I feel happiness arise in me.

:heart:

Re: Hello Friends! :0)

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:37 pm
by Ben
Welcome Saravya!

A couple of shorter references for you...

The Power of Mindfulness by Nyaniponika Thera
The Noble Eightfold Path: the way to the end of suffering by Bhikkhu Bodhi: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... toend.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Both should be available at reasonable cost from the Buddhist Publication Society: http://www.bps.lk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; distributed in the US at http://www.pariyatti.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.

Another longer publication which I recommend is:
The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyaniponika Thera: http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Buddhist-Me ... 0877280738" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Kind regards

Ben