Hello everybody. I have been a practitioner of Buddhism in another tradition for many years, but for a long time have suspected that I was really a Theravadin at heart. Recently, after a scandal in my sangha, I decided to embrace Theravada openly.
I have not begun practicing it formally, but have been reading the Pali Canon, as well as books by Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Thanissaro, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ayya Khema, and Ajahn Sucitto. My schedule right now does not provide much opportunity for sitting meditation, but I try to cultivate nonattachment to the aggregates in my daily life. I have found especially valuable Kondanna’s insight in the Wheel Turning Discourse that “all that is subject to arising is subject to subsiding.” I often have to contend with the arising of unwholesome mental states in my life (particularly anger), and Kondanna’s insight reminds me not to hold onto them and let them subside.
I am curious to know if there are any other Theravadins in the Central New York area. I am not aware of any formal Theravada sangha here, but I am hoping that some community of practitioners could be established here.