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greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Post by phil-zero » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:14 am

hello everyone,

I'm very new to the buddhist philosophy but just a couple weeks of study, meditation and contemplation has already begun a transformation within (and without!).

The Anattā doctrine is what initially caught my interest. The concept resonated with truth as I read it...impermanence...every conditioned thing on this planet is subject to the law of impermanence...every living thing, every thought, every feeling, every sensation, every life situation...everything...is temporary.

This revelation tied in perfectly with the concept of Dukkha. I began to see that one's suffering doesn't just "come from nowhere." I realized that all of the suffering i have experienced recently has been an entirely self-created "illusion" of sorts ..caused primarily by clinging to certain sensations, feelings, material things, and thoughts which were completely and totally temporary and transitory.

In that moment i began to realize the cause-effect nature of addiction/attachment and its subsequent pain. It can be an addiction to anything in life, and it always starts the same way...something gives us a pleasurable experience...because it feels good we repeat it...though it feels good, its temporal nature can never truly bring us fulfillment...the more we do it, the more attached we become to it...the more attached we become the more we feel we "need" it in order to be whole...the more we crave it, the more we ultimately suffer, drifting through an endless cycle of "needing" transient pleasures.

I've read more than just that but i'll stop here for brevity's sake. These two concepts alone have already helped me become more aware of the nature of things, including the mind, thoughts, feelings, desires, compulsions and addictions...as such, i look forward to learning more and applying Buddhist knowledge as much as possible.

Peace...

<<<phil-zero>>>

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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Post by Hanzze » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:21 am

phil-zero,

I guess you already found the good book. Stay on it and do not seek to much outside. Let your heart teach it self. Let it dig.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Post by cooran » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:24 am

Hello Phil,

Welcome to Dhammawheel! Look forward to reading your posts in the future. :group:

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Post by bodom » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:31 am

Welcome Phil!

: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 mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Post by Cittasanto » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:09 pm

Hi Phil!
Welcome aboard!
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
John Stuart Mill

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Re: greetings (from a novice practitioner)

Post by DNS » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:55 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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