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Post by Wayfarer » Fri May 10, 2019 1:19 pm

Hi - welcome Placidus and Tony - glad to have you both on board.

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Post by tkp67 » Wed May 15, 2019 1:49 pm

I am 52 years old with a wife and two adult children. I started actively practicing Buddhism (independent of school with causal teaching) 10 years ago. I say actively because I feel as if my life prior was a prelude to the practice of Buddhism itself. My filial religion is Christianity and for me it vehicle for me to understand how to better serve humanity for the purpose of achieve latent full potential marked by synergy evoked through human harmonization.
I do not doubt on some level this was also an attempt to unravel strife that is part of my karma and thus my mind and that ultimately the enlightenment I sought and seek for the world was a reflection of the strife as I perceived it. To this end the practice has served me and it is reflected in those around me, especially my family.

Thanks to some very interesting, challenging and potent karma I had to reconcile many common cognitive challenges. Buddhism has been quite effective at facilitating escape from the attachment to such cognitive obstacles and while I realize this is a lifetimes long process, I feel more suited for the challenge with a practice such as this. Along with continuation of practice for the purpose of personal growth I am interested in repaying my debt to the Buddha(s) but understand that this desire in and of itself is subject to delusion. In light of this condition I attempt to deepen my practice on a personal level for the purpose of understanding how to best fulfill that debt. I have found myself in a position of maintaining encouragement for others and realize that I have a greater responsibility to the integrity of my practice by proxy.

Historic, traditional, scholarly and cultural aspects of Buddhism are areas where I have a great lack of knowledge so I do have vast territory to cover in this process which is ultimately what brought me here. The diversity of practice for me here is simple testimony (even when they seeming conflict through individual perceptions) of the true scope of Buddhism itself and am grateful for the resource. The active voices and practices behind them all teachers for me in this regard so thank you very much in advance.

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Post by Placidium » Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:26 am

I'm a thirty-four year old male from the UK. I developed an interest in Buddhism about a year or so ago. However I've long been acutely aware that sentient life involves suffering to varying degrees. Aside from Buddhism I'm interested in the natural word, particularly Lichens which is where the name parietina (on-walls) is derived from.

I can't make my mind up which school of Buddhist thought to align with so will concentrate on learning all I can about Buddhism as a whole. I'd be interested to find out which school most closely resembles pre-sectarian Buddhism?

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:38 pm

parietina wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:26 am
I'm a thirty-four year old male from the UK. I developed an interest in Buddhism about a year or so ago. However I've long been acutely aware that sentient life involves suffering to varying degrees. Aside from Buddhism I'm interested in the natural word, particularly Lichens which is where the name parietina (on-walls) is derived from.
Welcome, parietina. :hi:
I can't make my mind up which school of Buddhist thought to align with so will concentrate on learning all I can about Buddhism as a whole. I'd be interested to find out which school most closely resembles pre-sectarian Buddhism?
At this point everyone will jump up and down and say, "mine!" :tongue:
(That 's human nature for you, of course.)
Since I'm talking to a life-sciences person, I'm going to suggest an evolutionary view: every single one of them evolved directly from what the Buddha taught to his students, just as every single species of ant evolved directly from their last common ancestor. (You thought I was going to say lichen instead of ant? No way. Lichens are ... different. :smile: )

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Post by Placidium » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:59 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:38 pm
Welcome, parietina. :hi:
At this point everyone will jump up and down and say, "mine!" :tongue:
(That 's human nature for you, of course.)
Thank you. At this point I'm more drawn to the Great Vehicle of Mahayana that strives for the enlightenment of all sentient life.
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Since I'm talking to a life-sciences person, I'm going to suggest an evolutionary view: every single one of them evolved directly from what the Buddha taught to his students, just as every single species of ant evolved directly from their last common ancestor. (You thought I was going to say lichen instead of ant? No way. Lichens are ... different. :smile: )

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Kim
A quite appropriate comparison, Buddhism is not static, a quite organic evolution has occurred, allowing for continual modification and variation on what is essentially a single and very elegant strand of genetic code. Perhaps Mahayana has mapped the Buddhist genome the most piercingly and with the most far reaching implications? As a Darwinian I find Buddhism does not contradict evolution by means of natural selection. It actually complements it quite nicely.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:33 am

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parietina wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:59 pm
... Perhaps Mahayana has mapped the Buddhist genome the most piercingly and with the most far reaching implications? ...
Perhaps.
But "Mahayana" is very diverse, too. Most of us would agree that the primary division within it is between vajrayana and the rest; in my opinion, the primary division within "the rest" is between devotional schools (especially Pure Land) and the rest of the rest. :smile:

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Post by robsevering » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:42 pm

Hey there

Rob here. I live in the west, Im 30. Spent the majority of the last ten years homeless and utterly alone, although there are interesting moments and people I run into that have made good conversation and life feel a little less bleak.

I also spent most of that time drinking.. and have resolved to spend a little time sober right now to reflect and hopefully start gaining a little weight. 30 days cold, atm, and I’m shooting for three months rn, maybe longer. Guess I’ll see.

Buddhism and meditation means a lot to me and has helped keep me sane over the years.. although I’ve never described myself as Buddhist openly nor have I studied much on the subject at all enough to call myself as much. It’s more simply that I am physically unfit and am constantly in need of rest/quiet introspection.. so gradually.. naturally gravitated toward eastern philosophies over time, in hopes of improving and strengthening my body.

Coming from where I am I won’t have very much to offer in the way of input or info, since I really don’t know about any of this stuff. But will likely have plenty of easily answered questions 😅

Saludos

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:13 pm

Welcome, Rob :hi:
robsevering wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:42 pm
...Buddhism and meditation means a lot to me and has helped keep me sane over the years.. although I’ve never described myself as Buddhist openly nor have I studied much on the subject at all enough to call myself as much. It’s more simply that I am physically unfit and am constantly in need of rest/quiet introspection.. so gradually.. naturally gravitated toward eastern philosophies over time, in hopes of improving and strengthening my body.
...
I've learned a lot from Buddhism but it didn't include much that strengthened my body. For that, I've practised Tai Chi, Qi Gong and (longest and currently) yoga. All are perfectly compatible (at my level at least) with the dharma, and you may find similar benefits.

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Post by robsevering » Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:30 am

Thanks! :hi:

I meant yoga, really. Nuts and bolts here.. but thanks for clarifying that. Those that you mentioned are what I was thinking specifically, and maybe best if I didn’t substitute ‘Buddhism’ there.

Getting fit and healthy as possible for me has been my number one priority for years. The goal that keeps me moving forward.

:namaste: :)

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Post by nowmindful » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:57 pm

Hello!

Paul Yip here, 40 years old Chinese heredity retiree from Singapore, a newbie. Want to know how people discuss about Buddhism in web forum, and also to exchange knowledge and experience. Hope to make some new friends too. Please pardon me if you don't catch my words as English is not my mother tongue.

My belief system is somehow like Osho, a little believe in every religion and mostly in Zen/Chan Mahayana Buddhism. In my whole life, I am mostly a flexitarian for many different reasons. These recent years, i am one due to finding some meat are too gruesome and disgusting to consume. I do Vipassana and Samadhi meditation sometimes, and am trying to do more frequently. I try to maintain right mindfulness especially during walking but many times forget.

I have an unblessed Thai Buddhist amulet pendant, Somdej, that I wear often for aesthetic decoration purpose. It was not blessed as I don't believe any supernatural power it can protect me. If any priest can bless it, he is more formidable than Lord Buddha, I think.

I very seldom chant and make offerings and long time never bow to any Buddha statue. But my room got four pictures of Buddha showing out and my mobile phone's wallpaper is head of Buddha statue picture. I can remember and sing The Heart Sutra in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Lastly, I believe that best attribute a person has is luck. Before that I thought wisdom is the most important, but it is not. Wisdom can't solve all the things, but good luck can easily bring happiness and good fortune even if one is stupid. So enough and see you guys around!

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Post by Niina » Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:59 pm

Hi all

I´m +40 years old sculptor, living in Europe. Practising yoga and martial arts. I´ve been interested about karma and reincarnation since I was a kid, and in this area the place to study those was Theosophical Society. Theosophy kind of includes all, but more I study Buddhism or Yoga Philosophy, more I´m aware about the theosophical viewpoint to things. At his point I´m more interested about the original sources than theosophist perceptions.

Now I´m back to school, studying art history and cultural history. My main interests in those are (eastern) spiritual art and symbols.
I´ve been reading about Buddhism for years, and I guess I could be Buddhist, but I don´t know what would be right path for me (unfortunately here isn´t too many possibilities). Even I´m interested about visual arts and ritual objects etc, I like to keep my own practise as simple and ascetic as possible. I guess that is one reason why do I study those things; I´d like to understand what all they can give to some. And studying Buddhist art really helps me to see and understand better the differences between Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

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Post by Dan74 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:45 pm

Welcome, Niina!

There are some knowledgeable and experienced people here and also lots of pointless and rancorous debates. Hope you are good at sorting the wheat from the chaff!

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Post by spike » Thu May 07, 2020 5:37 pm

Work and self-sufficiency were always very important to me. First job: five years old, with a little red wagon, collected returnable soda bottles from residential construction sites near home close to Rock Creek Park to redeem two-cent deposit. Delivered Daily News and Evening Star newspapers. Mowed lawns. Babysat. While attending Good Counsel HS, and American University: desk man at Rinaldi Bowling Lanes. Also taught classical guitar at Dale Music Company during same period. Home repairs during college (which initially lasted three semesters) and hippie years, and continued teaching guitar at Guitars Unlimited in Falls Church (took up blues/folk while in Takoma Park after intro to John Fahey music). Returned to AU and got BA in Literature. Went to work in book industry, retail and wholesale: Savile in Georgetown, Discount Book and Records in Dupont Circle, RPM Distributors in Rockville, etc. Became contract (NSF) researcher at The Nature Conservancy, and got a fulltime job there after one year, eventually becoming Director of National Program Information during 20+ year career. Took severance pay after retirement and put towards MSW at Catholic University. Psychotherapist (10 years) at: drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic (group therapy and drug/alc testing) for mainly black, mainly male, mandated ex-offenders; at a youth and family service bureau (specialized in play therapy); and eventually as a private practitioner. Retired for several years, then unretired to drive a school bus for ten years.

Besides playing guitar (see below) and reading, main pastimes were first baseball as a pitcher in HS and pony leagues, and then softball through my mid-forties. Left-handed, in baseball had a big curve and a natural slider. In softball, no one wanted to pitch, so I was always busy either on my own men’s and co-rec summer and fall league teams, or guesting in tournaments with other friends (including in the annual one-pitch Chili Bowl, January 1st, sometimes in the snow). Motorcyclist since 1968, currently own a 2009 BMW R1200R (see avatar).

In 1973, hitchhiked from Arlington VA to Circle AK (lucky ride from Montreal to Anchorage with American serviceman reporting there for duty), and back. Return trip included cheapo passage on Alaska Marine Highway as a walk-on on the Matanuska (slept in a deck chair on the sheltered poop deck), from Haines Junction to Seattle. On the way guest-studied at Rochester Zen Center (Kapleau), Shasta Abbey (Kennett), and Tassajara, Green Gulch, & SFZC (Baker). Once, walking alone in the Ventana Wilderness, heard a hearty “Hello!”, turned around, and it was Baker roshi. Had quite the conversation. Practiced at Ka Shin Zendo (Jiro Andy Afable) during the 90’s, and took jukai at Dai Bosatsu Zendo (Eido roshi) in 1994, coincidentally on my birthday of November 5th. Dharma name “Reiun”.

Was married for many years, have one daughter who embraces zen Buddhism. Love dogs.

Have participated on other fora including Tricycle, Genkaku Again, and Zen Space, as spike. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate here, and for the learning and sharing afforded. Best wishes to all


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Post by boda » Thu May 07, 2020 9:36 pm

Okay, we get it, Spike, you've had a sheltered and uneventful life. :tongue:

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Post by spike » Fri May 08, 2020 3:58 am

boda wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 9:36 pm
Okay, we get it, Spike, you've had a sheltered and uneventful life. :tongue:
( Refrain: "Down in the Sewer" )
Glad you are here, my brother
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Post by justsit » Fri May 08, 2020 3:45 pm

spike wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 3:58 am
boda wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 9:36 pm
Okay, we get it, Spike, you've had a sheltered and uneventful life. :tongue:
( Refrain: "Down in the Sewer" )
Glad you are here, my brother
:cheers:
Read your bio, our paths seem to parallel quite a bit. Got my first Beemer, 1971 R75/5, in 1976, have had several others since then, was a serious rally rat for a number of years. Life happens; I let my last bike go about 8 years ago and really miss the road (long strange) trips. PM if you'd like to talk bikes.

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Post by Dan74 » Fri May 08, 2020 7:15 pm

Serious rider I ain't, but I do enjoy my recently bought Honda X-Adv. A sort of a scooter-bike hybrid. Looking forward to some time to explore Europe once the border open again.

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Post by spike » Fri May 08, 2020 10:55 pm

Dan74 wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 7:15 pm
Serious rider I ain't, but I do enjoy my recently bought Honda X-Adv. A sort of a scooter-bike hybrid. Looking forward to some time to explore Europe once the border open again.
Hello Dan74. I think my riding future in a few years may be a scooter, so I am interested to hear that you have a 'super' one. It seems to compare well with the T-Max, but maybe more street-oriented. Having a DCT with three different timing patterns is pretty hi-tech. Looks like a lot of fun too. Let us know how you like it when you are more free to travel. (Maybe your crystal ball can tell how soon that will be for you and the rest of us?)

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Post by Dan74 » Sat May 09, 2020 6:44 am

spike wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 10:55 pm
Dan74 wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 7:15 pm
Serious rider I ain't, but I do enjoy my recently bought Honda X-Adv. A sort of a scooter-bike hybrid. Looking forward to some time to explore Europe once the border open again.
Hello Dan74. I think my riding future in a few years may be a scooter, so I am interested to hear that you have a 'super' one. It seems to compare well with the T-Max, but maybe more street-oriented. Having a DCT with three different timing patterns is pretty hi-tech. Looks like a lot of fun too. Let us know how you like it when you are more free to travel. (Maybe your crystal ball can tell how soon that will be for you and the rest of us?)
This should be split into a separate thread, but I am finding X-Adv to be heaps of fun. Before that I rode a 150cc Vespa and a Burgman 650. Before I tried it, I couldn't really understand what people meant when they wrote that the X-Adv actually feels like a motorbike, but handling is just completely different, the gears, even the sounds. Burgman was kind a like a tank in comparison. And T-Max is probably more in that league, but I haven't tried it. Some say the X-Adv is for tall riders, but I am only about 5'8'' and not especially flexible and I find it fine, a little more effort than getting onto the Burgman, yes. BTW, mine's the 2017 model, so the new ones have a few more bits on them, traction control, being one.

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