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hi :)

Post by not myself today » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:36 pm

hi. i'm not myself today. :)

(i'm also Ian.)

i'm going to keep this brief, but will certainly come back and play havoc with the Member Bios thread ere long.

i'm a 51-year-old male currently enjoying having the option to not work, and of living alone in a quiet place, and taking advantage of this situation to fashion a somewhat monastic (okay: lay-monastic) life for myself. my life is dedicated primarily to studying Vipassana through the Vipassana Fellowship's online course (http://www.vipassana.com;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; i can see that embedding URLs on this site is going to take some study), reading Dhamma, petting my two cats, and wondering - ever wondering! - where i stand on The Women Question (sometimes i can see how :quote: lay Buddhist :quote: is not an oxymoron and other times - most of the time - i just can't).

oh much to say. like that i shaved my head last night! in support of my practice. and one part of me was a little relieved and another a little disappointed to discover i don't think i look as goofy with a shaved head as i did the one other time i shaved my head, back somewhere in the mists of the 1990's.

*anyways*...i'm hungry, and that's a craving i've found it's best i eventually attend to. so i stop here. but i'll be writing more, trust me. :D

great to be here. metta for everyone!!! on me!!! :D
Ian

Not others’ opposition
nor what they did or failed to do,
but in oneself should be sought
things done, things left undone.

- Dhammapada 4.50

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Post by Ben » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:40 pm

Greetings Ian and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
with metta,

Ben
“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

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: hi :)

Post by Wri » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:43 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel :D
Keep your mind steady and rest within the winds of experience.
May I show unconditional love to all beings.

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Post by not myself today » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:46 pm

thank you, Ben (that Cormac McCarthy quote is wonderful - i wonder if he's a Buddhist) and Wri! *bows*
Ian

Not others’ opposition
nor what they did or failed to do,
but in oneself should be sought
things done, things left undone.

- Dhammapada 4.50

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Post by bodom » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:48 pm

Welcome!

:namaste:
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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Post by DNS » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:51 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:meditate:

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Post by Ben » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:52 pm

Hi Ian,

From my reading of Cormac McCarthy, I don't think he is Buddhist. I tend to think that many Buddhists will recognize many of his insights. For sure he is one of the greatest writers of our time.
with metta,

Ben
“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: hi :)

Post by SarathW » Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:08 pm

:hello:
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Post by cooran » Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:10 am

Welcome to DhammaWheel ,Ian. :group:

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Post by Khalil Bodhi » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:00 am

Ian, welcome to DW!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Post by not myself today » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:05 am

thank you all! boy, isn't this a nice place to be. :D

@Ben: great to know - i'll have to look into him. when i wrote that i was confusing him in my mind with Frank McCourt (i've never read the work of either, which is probably how i confused them :? ).

thank you again, all - i have a wonderful feeling about this site, and YOU'RE RESPONSIBLE. :P

;)

:thanks: and metta!

Ian
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but in oneself should be sought
things done, things left undone.

- Dhammapada 4.50

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Re: hi :)

Post by villkorkarma » Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:05 pm

welcome nice to have you here :namaste:
one suffer because one hasnt existed long : )

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Post by Jim1 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:42 am

Hi Ian, welcome!

Metta for you too man! Haha, hope you enjoy your stay here.
"He who walks in the eightfold noble path with unswerving determination is sure to reach Nirvana." Buddha

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Post by not myself today » Mon May 04, 2015 3:36 am

:mrgreen: thank you, @villkorkarma and @jim1! *bows*
Ian

Not others’ opposition
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but in oneself should be sought
things done, things left undone.

- Dhammapada 4.50

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Post by retrofuturist » Mon May 04, 2015 3:46 am

Greetings Ian,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

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

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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