Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

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mcali
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Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Post by mcali » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:33 am

Hi all,

I was introduced to the Theraveda tradition recently through a retreat in Thailand at Wat Suan Mokkh. I did not really know too much about Buddhism (much less the different traditions prior to that) and was just seeking to learn meditation techniques while on my life/career break. However, the experience opened up a different view of life that makes absolute sense to me.

I have been reading posts on this forum ever since the retreat I found the community here so helpful and supportive in answering past questions. So, I thought it was time to register and say 'hello!' I'm looking forward to continued learning and being a part of this community.

Kindest regards,
Marilen

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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Post by DNS » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:44 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Post by Cittasanto » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:18 am

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 …
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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: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Post by LonesomeYogurt » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:39 am

If you liked Wat Suan Mokh, try perhaps reading more of Buddhadasa's work here:

Mindfulness with Breathing

Handbook for Mankind

Also, you might even be interested in contacting Wat Atammayataramain the States, as they distribute many shorter essays of his for free.

Welcome!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.

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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Post by Ben » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:10 am

Greetings Marilen and welcome to Dhamma wheel.
“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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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Post by cooran » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:52 am

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :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: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Post by mcali » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:39 am

Thank you all!

LonesomeYogurt - Thank you for the links. i will check them out!

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Re: Hello from a not-so aimless wanderer

Post by bodom » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:32 pm

Welcome Marilen!

: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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