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An Intro

Postby WuWei » Tue May 28, 2013 12:34 am

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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Re: An Intro

Postby PorkChop » Tue May 28, 2013 4:27 am

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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Re: An Intro

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue May 28, 2013 5:09 am

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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Re: An Intro

Postby lobster » Tue May 28, 2013 6:36 am

:namaste:
Good luck with your practice. :twothumbsup:
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Re: An Intro

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue May 28, 2013 7:10 am

Welcome WuWei! I applaud your effort to get to the root of your problem! :applause: Keep up the effort!
:namaste:
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: An Intro

Postby mandala » Tue May 28, 2013 3:36 pm

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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Re: An Intro

Postby WuWei » Tue May 28, 2013 5:31 pm

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

Postby Nilasarasvati » Tue May 28, 2013 5:50 pm

Welcome wuwei. I hope you find the antidotes!
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