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Chanh Dao
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Hello from East coast USA

Post by Chanh Dao » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:45 am

Hi there I've been a Buddhist for about 4 years now. I joined the group because I'm very interested in becoming a monk in Thailand and while asking for advice about it I was linked to this website.

Would love to meet fellow practioners.

My practice history consists of living at a residential Zen center for a year in new Mexico and since than I've been very passionate about Buddhism.

I've been on around 4 retreats since leaving the residential center, all fairly intensive in the Zen/Chan/Seon tradition with 1 Goenka Visspassana 10 retreat.

Moving forward I'm hoping to live a simple life of few possessions, association with fellow devoted practioners, and an opportunity to do meaningful work in community.

So hope to meet some fellow practioners and get some advice about moving forward in my monastic aspirations.

-Chánh Đạo

PS my name is a Buddhist name given to me during lay ordination at a vietnemese Thien Monastery.

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Re: Hello from East coast USA

Post by DNS » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:34 am

Welcome to DW!

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Re: Hello from East coast USA

Post by JamesTheGiant » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:47 am

Welcome welcome! It's a fun ride, enjoy!

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Re: Hello from East coast USA

Post by bodom » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:40 pm


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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