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Post by Shogun » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:08 am

Greetings all. New member here, 37 years old, male, from Columbus, OH. Ive had an interest in Zen for a number of years now and have read pretty extensively on the philosiphy but didnt really make much of a practice of it until recently.
I recently decided to take it more seriously, so I started with daily meditation practice, as well as looking into getting involved with a local Buddhist church in my area.
Thus far, I like the meditation. I find that I calmer, more focused and dont overthink things as much as I usually do. I dont know about attaining enlightenment, nirvana or solving all the mysteries of the universe but I do feel that in my limited experience, that meditation is good for my mental health. We'll see about the rest of it in time, I suppose.

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Post by retrofuturist » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:24 am


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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Post by SarathW » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:28 am

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

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Post by DNS » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:24 pm

Welcome to DW!


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Post by bodom » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:43 pm


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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