A bow from upstate New York

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A bow from upstate New York

Post by KenD » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:18 am

Have also been reading the forums for about a month and was just able to register today.

My intro, briefly. 60 year old man. Back in the 70s read Alan Watts, Ram Dass, Yoga Suttras of Patanjali, etc and did some meditataion. Many years went by, raising 6 kids and workin for a living. Always remembered to hold my back straight and be aware of proper breathing. A few years ago my interest in meditation was renewed when a group of Buddhists from Hong Kong moved into the area. This led me to begin a daily practice and study dhamma to understand the teachings of the Buddha. In searching for the true path (time is getting short), took refuge with Tibetan Kagyu lineage, and have practiced with Tendai (Japanese), Chineese Mahayana, and Korean (Won Buddhism). The essence that I am drawn to is in Theraveda practice embodied in the suttras (particularly the translations of Bhikku Bodhi).

My practice has evolved to include keeping the 5 precepts, attempting to live in the noble 8-fold path, practicing an hour of sitting meditation each morning (based on my understanding of anapanasati), and trying to maintain mindfulness (watch the mind) throughout my busy days. This Buddhist practice has given a good deal of inner peace and definately improved relations with people.

Thank you for the knowledge and wisdom that can be found in this forum.
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Re: A bow from upstate New York

Post by tiltbillings » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:24 am

>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

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Re: A bow from upstate New York

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:44 am

Welcome! Inspired to hear about your practice! :anjali:
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Re: A bow from upstate New York

Post by cooran » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:15 am

Welcome KenD! :group:

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Re: A bow from upstate New York

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Re: A bow from upstate New York

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Re: A bow from upstate New York

Post by marc108 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:15 am

Sadhu for your practice. I grew up upstate, where do you live?
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Re: A bow from upstate New York

Post by KenD » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:12 pm

We are near Cobleskill, 40 miles west of Albany.
Going for retreat at Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent, NY

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Re: A bow from upstate New York

Post by Ben » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:26 pm

Hi Ken 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

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loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: A bow from upstate New York

Post by enlightened2013 » Tue May 21, 2013 9:17 pm

welcome :buddha1:

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