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Greetings from a past member

Post by Dhammakid » Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:56 am

Hello everyone,
Many blessings and well wishes to you all. I am one of those on-and-off again members who have been active and then inactive several times over the past 7+ years, and recently I've been gone so long that I figured it might be a good idea to re-introduce myself.

I am Kourtney Andar. I was originally named Kourtney Mitchell, and then I got married and took my wife's name, which she created for herself after the Spanish verb Andar - to walk. We are avid walkers and hikers.

I was on E-Sangha back when it was still going strong, and I still miss it sometimes. I think I may still have a profile on Dharma Wheel as Dharmakid.

I first joined Dhamma Wheel back in 2009 while I was still enrolled in college. I unfortunately did not finish my degree, but I hope to do so within the next few years. I wanted very much to seek Theravada ordination, but that didn't work out, so now I'm hoping to go as far as a doctorate or Ph.D degree in the future, and gain some kind of credential to teach Vipassana and Buddhist practice in one of the Western practice centers.

Believe it or not, I made the silly decision to join the Army infantry in the National Guard even after I first started practicing Buddhism, and was enlisted for almost three years. I finally had enough and went AWOL (Absent Without Leave) when I realized that I would either have to stay in until 2017 and deploy to Afghanistan, or go through a two-year Conscientious Objector process. I decided both options were too long and too risky, so I just stopped showing up for training. They discharged me, no court martial, no jail time, barely any fuss.

I am now on the Board of Directors of a veterans peace organization - Veterans For Peace.

I have finally gotten serious about my practice and developed some consistency. My wife and I are living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, attending the local Zen center almost every day. I have studied and practiced both Theravada and Zen over the past 8 years, and the local Zen center is the most convenient site for us to practice, and is really a wonderful community of compassionate, devoted practitioners.

Even though I greatly enjoy attending the Zen center regularly, I still find myself constantly drawn back to Theravada practice and study, no matter how long I spend away from it. I just remain skeptical of the way most Mahayana teachers present the bodhisattva path, with heavy vows that seem unrealistic and almost unrecognizable when considering the simplicity of the earliest existing teachings (i.e. Theravada). So I find myself back to the Pali Canon, but still sitting zazen everyday.

Okay that's enough rambling. I won't promise to frequent the board more often than I have been, but I will try to do so.
Kourtney Andar
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Re: Greetings from a past member

Post by DNS » Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:56 am

:hello:

Welcome back! Long time no see. Glad you're doing well.

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Post by retrofuturist » Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:01 am

Welcome back Kourtney!

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Metta,
Paul. (but you may know me as retrofuturist) :)
"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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Post by cooran » Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:36 am

Glad you're back! :group:

With metta,
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Post by Dhammakid » Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:02 pm

Aww thanks. Nice to see familiar faces!

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Post by Sprouticus » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:51 am

:hello:

Nice to see you!
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Post by Khalil Bodhi » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:52 am

Welcome back Kourtney!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Greetings from a past member

Post by bodom » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:13 am

Welcome back!

: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 DC2R » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:23 pm

Welcome back, we are glad to have you.

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