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Hello from Wisconsin!

Post by TessaHenley » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:17 pm

Hello Everybody,

My name is Tessa Henley. I am currently living in Wisconsin, USA. I am 20 years old and I am very interested in Buddhism. I read as much material as I can, and I started daily meditation last week. I absolutely want to commit to this education/philosophy/lifestyle, but I do have questions and would like to reach out to others that are more evolved than I. My first and largest question is how does one go about practicing Buddhism on a daily basis? Is it just meditation and following the Eightfold Path? I know and understand the Three Refuges also, but is there more out there that I'm not finding? I feel like I can meditate, follow the Eightfold Path, and take refuge in the Three Refuges, but I am not changing anything in my daily life (except meditationg everyday). I've read of a practice that chants 9 times a day to help stay focused. Are there any other practices to help keep everything in mind?

I apologize, I'm probably very overwhelming. I just am so curious and I really want to channel myself to Buddhism!

Thank you very very much in advance and I look forward to this journey with you all.
Tessa Henley

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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Post by LonesomeYogurt » Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:04 pm


All you have to do to "be" a Buddhist is take refuge in the Triple Gem. Try and observe the five precepts, follow the Noble Eightfold Path, and set aside some time for meditation. May I ask what type of meditation you are currently doing, or if a certain teacher interests you?
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Post by bodom » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:09 pm

Welcome Tessa!

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 from Wisconsin!

Post by cooran » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:51 pm

Welcome Tessa! :group:

It is probably easier if you start threads in the sub-forums on particular topics. Look forward to reading your posts.

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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Post by Ben » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:07 pm

Hi Tessa and welcome!

Sounds like you are doing well. I recommend a residential meditation retreat to get you established.
We can discuss that and other options in another thread.
kind regards,

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Post by TessaHenley » Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:54 am

Thank you all so much for the input! To carry on this conversation, I started a thread under the General Theravada Discussion.

I titled it, "Trying to gain more insight..."


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Re: Hello from Wisconsin!

Post by DNS » Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:50 am


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


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