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Post by Michael_S » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:28 pm

I have been studying Theravada and its relevance to westerners like me.
Although quite new to Buddhist principles, there have already been positive
changes apparent to me as they are understood and applied.

I hesitate to discuss any of this with friends or acquaintances. Their concept of
Buddhism seems to include notions of gongs, drums, chanting, prayer wheels,
bizarre ceremonies, superstitions, magic, demons, incense, statues, etc.

My present interest is in the core principles, without all of the cultural
exotica that has evolved along with it in Asia. Certainly meaningful to them,
but not to me at this point. I have little attraction to ritual, but that's just me I guess.
So the journey begins!
Mike S

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Post by Bonsai » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:42 pm

Hey! We both seem to be on the same path; early days of learning and applying. Welcome!

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Post by DNS » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:33 pm


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Post by retrofuturist » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:11 pm

Greetings Michael,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


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)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Post by pink_trike » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:25 pm

Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen


Disclaimer: I'm a non-religious practitioner of Theravada, Mahayana/Vajrayana, and Tibetan Bon Dzogchen mind-training.

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Post by zavk » Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:29 pm

Hello Michael.
With metta,

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Post by phil » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:32 am

Welcome aboard, Michael! :smile:


Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)

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Post by BlackBird » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:53 am

Hi Michael

Welcome to DW

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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