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Happy to be here

Post by Jechbi » Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:45 am

Thank you very much for creating this wonderful space.

I am a student of SN Goenka. I took my first 10-day course in 2004 after seeing Goenkaji speak in the United States during his tour here. I regard myself as a new "old student," and I recognize that I have much to learn.

My engagement with Buddhism predates my encounter with Goenka. Through marriage, I have direct, daily association with individuals (including my wife) who identify as Buddhist. I feel a strong affinity with many forms of Buddhism. I have deep respect for other traditions. I particularly appreciate Lojong mind training. In addition, Thich Nhat Hanh's writing touches me. Chanting Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō touches me. I can't fully explain or describe what moves inside me when I encounter these widely varied teachings. But I practice Theravadan Dhamma, at least as far as my determination at this stage takes me.

I am a father, a professional journalist and a small-business owner. I'm 42 years old. I've posted a few times on the other forum, and at times I've been argumentative, silly, irrelevant, uninformed or simply absent. But I recognize the hard work that Ben, Retro, Bhante and the others have given to that effort, and I value what all of you are trying to create here.

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But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.

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Re: Happy to be here

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:43 am

Greetings Jechbi,

Lovely to see you here, and lovely also to hear a bit about yourself, after having seen you around the place.

I too have done a 10-day Goenka course (May 2007, I think) and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, even if my practice now is more specifically aligned to the suttas than it is to Mr. Goenka's technique.

Retro. :)
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Re: Happy to be here

Post by Ben » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:13 pm

Hi Jechbi

Welcome! I am so happy you are here!
Its just a small space in which to discuss and discover that which we love.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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