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CrowTRobot
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Howdy from Texas!

Post by CrowTRobot » Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:29 pm

Hi all!

Just wanting to say hi. I was a long time atheist, until the loss of my dad last year. Dealing with the suffering of losing him, the drinking and depression that came along with it, lead me to finding more skillful ways of dealing with it so I looked into meditation. Looking into meditation lead me to Buddhism.

A digital sangha is my best bet at the moment. The nearest temples are over an hour away and while I plan on making a trip to a Theravada temples weekly English night, I can't afford to make it a regular thing. Thank goodness for the internet!

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Post by DNS » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:50 pm

Welcome to DW!

I'm a UT-Dallas Alumnus, 1989 (Ph.D.)

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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by cooran » Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:11 am

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group:

With metta,
Chris
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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by CrowTRobot » Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:02 am

Thank you David and Chris!

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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by bodom » Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:28 pm

Welcome from San Antonio!

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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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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by DC2R » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:26 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:

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Post by Tex » Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:48 pm

Greetings from Austin!
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus

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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by retrofuturist » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:49 pm

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by SarathW » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:56 pm

:hello:
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by SarathW » Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:01 pm

The nearest temples are over an hour away
In my home town, my neighbour is a monk but I hardly go there.
Dhamma Wheel is my virtual temple now days.
I do not visit many temples but I help them.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by padmini » Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:46 am

Welcome!
DW is my virtual sangha too. :)
The Buddha's path is simple and meant for ordinary people; anyone with goodwill and determination can follow its steps toward freedom of heart and mind
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Re: Howdy from Texas!

Post by practitioner » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:55 pm

CrowTRobot wrote: A digital sangha is my best bet at the moment.
This is true for most of us. With dhamma PDFs and audios, there really is no need to go to a temple either.

We are neither atheists nor theists. We know what we know. We don't let concepts and assumptions color our vision. Whatever is to be known will be known if it wants to be known. Whatever cannot be known and doesn't want to be known will not be known.

We are all simply on a journey to discover for ourselves what can be known without any preconceived assumptions and concepts.

Welcome!

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