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 Post subject: An Intro
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:34 am 
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Hi guys,

I have studied Buddhism on and off since I was in high school, but only recently put serious effort into practicing it. This is mainly because I wish to get a better handle on my mental illness: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, depression, unwanted thoughts, and OCD-ish stuff. I take medications too, but I would like to root out the problems at their source instead of merely covering them up with mood-enhancers. For almost two years I have done daily meditation of about 20-minutes a sitting once or sometimes twice a day. Of primary interest to me are Zen and the Pure Land schools, but all forms of Buddhism are interesting to me too. As mentioned above, I do experience intrusive thoughts and saying the Nembutsu sometimes helps when I'm in the midst of nasty panic attacks.

This article http://www.buddhistvihara.com/newsletters/2002-summer/madnessto.htm was one of the reasons which inspired me to explore Buddhism further. I re-read it often.

Thanks. That's all I can think of to say at the moment.


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 Post subject: Re: An Intro
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 4:27 am 
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Welcome to DharmaWheel WuWei!
Thanks for the heads up on the article.
I started saying nembutsu/nianfo when various cravings hit and I find it helps me too.


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Good luck with your practice. :twothumbsup:

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 Post subject: Re: An Intro
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Welcome WuWei! I applaud your effort to get to the root of your problem! :applause: Keep up the effort!
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 Post subject: Re: An Intro
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 3:36 pm 
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Hi WuWei and welcome!

Thanks for the interesting link... i think alot of us come to Buddhism through grief, anxiety, depression and many mental ailments looking to find some real remedies to change our lives (I sure did) ... all the best on your journey!


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 Post subject: Re: An Intro
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Thank you all for the encouragement and the warm welcome :smile:


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 Post subject: Re: An Intro
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 5:50 pm 
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Location: Trāyastriṃśa. Just kidding. What a cool sanksrit word, huh?
Welcome wuwei. I hope you find the antidotes!


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