New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

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JoyCatherine
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New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

Post by JoyCatherine » Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:49 pm

Namaste Everyone _/\_,
Somehow found this group and joined. I have not taken any vows, but my collection of Buddhist books is substantial. I've listened to many dharma talks online (Dharma Seed, IMS and Commonground Meditation Center). I've understood the two truths to some extent, contemplating for years the conventional reality and universal (Nargajuna) which has (with the Heart Sutra) kept me sane in the face of life's difficulties. Of course, there is a deep connection with HH the Dalai Lama and have read books with his name as the author upon the cover and watched him speak in many online videos. I am getting a new understanding of Theravada Buddhism and vipassana most recently. Zen (Dogen and Suzuki) and then there's Thich Nhat Hanh. Upaya Zen Center audios (esp. Mind-Life Institute info) are also frequented. Pardon, but I don't know how else to describe myself to a Buddhist Group in terms other than these. My most recent reading has been
  • Food for the Heart Chah, Ajahn
    The Mind of Mahamudra: Advice from the Kagyu Masters (Tibetan Classics) Jinpa Ph.D
    The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering Bodhi, Bhikkhu
    The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa (Essential Poets) Robert Hass
    On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi
    Issue at Hand Gil Fronsdal
    The Three Pillars of Zen-- Roshi P. Kapleau
    When Awareness Becomes Natural: A Guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Everyday Life Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Robert French
    Emptiness: A Practical Guide for MeditatorsGuy Armstrong, Joseph Goldstein
Finally, I am understanding the single-pointed meditation (breath, or object of focus) to develop concentration versus the open and inclusive awareness of everything (mindful without preference i.e. equanimity). Accepting aversion without reaction or limited inner disturbance. The sound is just sound -- in that way.

I wrote more than I intended. :namaste:

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Re: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

Post by Aloka » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:38 pm

Welcome, JoyCatherine :hello:

With metta,

Aloka :anjali:

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Post by DNS » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:22 pm

Welcome to DW!

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Re: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

Post by Sam Vara » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:07 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:

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Re: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

Post by paul » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:47 pm

JoyCatherine wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:49 pm
I am getting a new understanding of Theravada Buddhism and vipassana most recently.
The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering Bodhi, Bhikkhu

Finally, I am understanding the single-pointed meditation (breath, or object of focus) to develop concentration versus the open and inclusive awareness of everything (mindful without preference i.e. equanimity).
Welcome to DW.

To further the nascent understanding of Theravada, apply the concepts in “the Noble Eightfold Path”, B.B., to meditation, particularly right effort, chapter V:

“The nature of the mental process effects a division of right effort into four “great endeavors”:
1. to prevent the arising of unarisen unwholesome states; 2. to abandon unwholesome states that have already arisen; 3. to arouse wholesome states that have not yet arisen;
4. to maintain and perfect wholesome states already arisen.”

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Re: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

Post by bodom » Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:26 pm

Welcome!

:anjali:
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 no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

Post by retrofuturist » Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:31 am

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
"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)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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