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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:38 am 
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Hi everyone!

I used to be into Buddhism in my 20s, but I started to hang with the wrong crowd. People who were very reductionist, and this made me become very nihilisic.

When I look back there were many causes that made this occur (I don't just blame others).

I then went back to Christianity. In some ways the faith practice in Christianity 'saved me' from completely destroying my life.

Now I am feeling the pull back to Buddhism. Whilst I respect and love our Therevadan friends, I am more attracted to Buddhism as practiced in Japan and China. In my life I have connections to Japan, even though I am a Westerner.

After reading about the cosomology as expressed in the Lotus Sutra I am coming to understand the Great Vehicle Buddhism better.

I imagine for now I will be relatively solitary in my pratice, as I feel no desire or attraction to Buddhist centres in melbourne (for now).

I want to read, medtitate and learn. :buddha2:


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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 3:03 am 
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Namaste, welcome Tree!

Glad to have you here at Dharma Wheel. I ran along a similar path, and found myself back in Buddhism.

Looking forward to your posts!


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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 4:05 am 
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Hi Tree, welcome to Dharma Wheel! I'm happy for your, for your renewed interest in Buddhism and the Lotus Sutra. I hope your studies come along very well :)

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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 4:58 am 
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Thanks you Laura and dnz! :thumbsup:

:namaste:

I'm taking things in Babysteps.

I have a lot of non-religious things in my life to fix, but hoping this new focus and practice will assist in that (I'm confidnt it will).


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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 4:59 am 
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I just noticed Laura had this when she posted:

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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 6:04 am 
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 7:32 pm 
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Holy cow! It's a talking tree! :jawdrop:

Welcome Mr. Tree! :mrgreen:

May your trunk be sturdy and your leaves be healthy.

Good luck with your exploration of Buddhism.


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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 4:31 pm 
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:namaste: Hi Tree,
i hope you learn and experience many truths through participation in Dharmawheel, and that you become truly enlightened whilst visiting this site.

i was talking to a teacher last night and he said "put your pencil on the page and draw... just draw, anything". what i drew seemed to look like a sort of tree, with a pond at its base.

the message hidden in the drawing was that once one has crossed the ocean of samsara, on the other side is the great tree of life. there is a temple within the branches of the tree and one must ascend many many steps to climb its trunk, if one wishes to... another difficult journey. my Master told me that it is love that will enable a buddha to climb the tree of life to the inner temple within its branches.

its like taking a train journey. you get to the destination, then you further explore.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT THIS IS PURELY SPECULATIVE AND MAY BEAR NO RELATION TO REALITY.

with Love, from White Lotus.

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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 11:32 pm 
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Greetings,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel.

Metta,
Retro. :)

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