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Hi from Texas

Postby MrBrad » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:54 pm

I first found the sister theravata site and they kindly referred me to over here since I am Mahayana.

I attend the new Kadampa tradition temple in Arlington TX, which is in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex in North Texas. I do not wish to trouble anyone, but I have a couple of questions. First some background:

I have long studied philosophy and religion. For many years I studied Buddhism as an academic effort. I did buy into the practice of observing the activity of my mind and suppressing the more destructive thoughts that arise. In Feb 2010 I found myself somehow deepened in Buddhism. I lost weight and became much more tolerant of cold and pain.

I studied more, and as I came to understand what it really meant to be enlightened and what it would really take to do that I had the thought that the effort was not worth it for just me. But, that it was worth it for the benefit I could bring to all beings. Thus, I arrived at the thought that I wanted to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

More recently I have become more resolved and to pursue this goal.

I have two concerns:

1) I seem to be progressing but do not really know what I am doing.
2) I have serious faults and thus find any attainment somewhat disturbing in that context

I have very recently begun a daily Lamrim practice which will help me uproot my faults rather than me trying to suppress them by force of will. However, I still have two questions:

1) Given these experiences what are the next logical steps? What should I do next?
2) Do I need a Guru to guide me on the path, or it is reasonable and appropriate for me to feel my way through?

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Re: Hi from Texas

Postby SSJ3Gogeta » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:57 pm

I recommend you log on to the next open Dzogchen Community webcast.
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Re: Hi from Texas

Postby Tara » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:23 pm

The topic from the Announcement forum has been merged into this one and the duplicate post has been deleted.
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Re: Hi from Texas

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:45 pm

:hi:

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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Re: Hi from Texas

Postby Caz » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:28 pm

MrBrad wrote:I first found the sister theravata site and they kindly referred me to over here since I am Mahayana.

I attend the new Kadampa tradition temple in Arlington TX, which is in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex in North Texas. I do not wish to trouble anyone, but I have a couple of questions. First some background:

I have long studied philosophy and religion. For many years I studied Buddhism as an academic effort. I did buy into the practice of observing the activity of my mind and suppressing the more destructive thoughts that arise. In Feb 2010 I found myself somehow deepened in Buddhism. I lost weight and became much more tolerant of cold and pain.

I studied more, and as I came to understand what it really meant to be enlightened and what it would really take to do that I had the thought that the effort was not worth it for just me. But, that it was worth it for the benefit I could bring to all beings. Thus, I arrived at the thought that I wanted to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.

More recently I have become more resolved and to pursue this goal.

I have two concerns:

1) I seem to be progressing but do not really know what I am doing.
2) I have serious faults and thus find any attainment somewhat disturbing in that context

I have very recently begun a daily Lamrim practice which will help me uproot my faults rather than me trying to suppress them by force of will. However, I still have two questions:

1) Given these experiences what are the next logical steps? What should I do next?
2) Do I need a Guru to guide me on the path, or it is reasonable and appropriate for me to feel my way through?

Brad



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I would suggest you engage with your resident teacher :)
Lamrim is a very good method for uprooting our faults it is as good to become as familiar as possible with it and take it deeply into your mind and life.
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Re: Hi from Texas

Postby Jikan » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:44 pm

Hi Brad,

Welcome to DharmaWheel.

Yes, you'll need a teacher. I'd look for a teacher outside the NKT. Take your time and explore. There are many opportunities in your part of the country, which is fortunate!

Everyone has serious faults. Use them as motivation to learn and grow and develop. The Buddhist teachings have many specific methods for dealing with such hindrances as hatred, greed, and so on. It is good to recognize those bad habits in order to work with them effectively. Your teacher can guide you through this process.

What to do next? Read what interests you, but read widely throughout the Mahayana world, across traditions. Visit many different temples and practice groups. Introduce yourself to teachers in your area. When you find one you can work with, one who will take you as a student, you'll have your direction.
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Re: Hi from Texas

Postby waimengwan » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:02 pm

Hey brad welcome to the board.

How do we check ourselves that is avery common question people ask am I progressing or otherwise..

And Rinpoche put it like this if we find ourselves more willing to do things that benefit others, and willing to do something beneficial at any time or moment it is a good indication we are slowly overcoming our selfish mind. Mind transformation is the essence of why we practice buddhism.
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Re: Hi from Texas

Postby Konchog1 » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:23 pm

Welcome

And I'd study the Lam Rim Chen Mo repeatably. Take a couple days to read and reread each chapter. Thinking about the meaning throughout the day.
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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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