Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

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Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

Post by docwood1997 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:09 pm

:anjali: Hi, all!

I have been tinkering with Buddhism on and off since I was in college (back before the Flood, but never mind) and finally got serious about it some ten years ago. I was very confused and floundering until I found What the Buddha Taught and decided that the Theravadan school made the most sense to me. I have been studying that for a couple of years now but still floundering around on my own as all that's available in my area IRL is Tibetan, non-denominational/Western, or mindfulness/insight meditation completely divorced from actual Buddhism. That's all well and good, but Theravada is what I want to study right now, have a solid foundation before I venture into other branches. There's a temple 3 hours from my house round trip, but most of their activities/services are in Sinhalese. So I have been feeling the lack of a community for some time, finally decided (doh!) to see if I could find an on-line community, and was delighted to find you all in about the first five minutes!

This will be me for the next forty-eleven months: :coffee:

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Re: Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

Post by Sam Vara » Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:42 pm

Greetings, docwood1997, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:

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Re: Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

Post by Zom » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:11 pm

Hello :coffee:

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Re: Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

Post by DNS » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:53 pm

Welcome to DW!


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Re: Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:08 pm

Greetings docwood,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
"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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Re: Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

Post by SarathW » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:25 pm

This will be me for the next forty-eleven months: :coffee:
Welcome!
It seems I am going to learn something from you from your first post.
What is meant by " forty-eleven months"?
:D
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Peace, from Marietta, GA USA

Post by bodom » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:43 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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