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Offline MatchFox

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Hello from Missouri
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:59:16 pm »
Hello all, my name is Kyle.
I use to study and practice Buddhism a few years ago but recently converted to Christianity,
However, I don't feel the satisfaction I once felt in my novice practices
So here I am looking forward to meeting you all.

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Re: Hello from Missouri
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2016, 03:44:51 am »
Hello all, my name is Kyle.
I use to study and practice Buddhism a few years ago but recently converted to Christianity,
However, I don't feel the satisfaction I once felt in my novice practices
So here I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Welcome to the forum!  Have you been doing any Buddhist practices again?  Where are you with Christianity?

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Re: Hello from Missouri
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2016, 12:47:05 pm »
Hello all, my name is Kyle.
I use to study and practice Buddhism a few years ago but recently converted to Christianity,
However, I don't feel the satisfaction I once felt in my novice practices
So here I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Welcome to the forum!  Have you been doing any Buddhist practices again?  Where are you with Christianity?

I have not been, no. I must admit I'm very rusty and a lot of the information has escaped my mind.
When I practiced a few years ago I never really understood the practice of meditation. (How to, how long, when to increase time, etc...)
My concentration is very bad due to a neurological disorder I suffer from, however I know practice and hard work can help alievate some of those symptoms.
I'm really here to find guidance on meditation mostly, I find it hard to get motivated to sit in the quiet for even 10 minutes.

As for Christianity it's just not satisfying. I find it hard to accept the scriptures associated with certain events and I've come to the realization that I can't force myself to believe something that I don't believe in my heart and mind. To be frank I am done with it.

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Re: Hello from Missouri
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2016, 01:12:36 am »
I'm really here to find guidance on meditation mostly, I find it hard to get motivated to sit in the quiet for even 10 minutes.


Are there any local Buddhist groups or centres you could visit to get some meditation instruction? 
The results for Missouri on this site might be helpful: http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.php?keyword=&search=Search&type_id%5B%5D=1&type_id%5B%5D=2&country_id=2&province_id=46&tradition%5B%5D=theravada&tradition%5B%5D=mahayana&tradition%5B%5D=vajrayana&tradition%5B%5D=non-sectarian


Alternatively there are lots of meditation talks on Youtube - one of my favourites is Ajahn Brahm, I like his sense of humour.   :wink1:

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Re: Hello from Missouri
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2016, 03:58:44 pm »
I'm really here to find guidance on meditation mostly, I find it hard to get motivated to sit in the quiet for even 10 minutes.


Are there any local Buddhist groups or centres you could visit to get some meditation instruction? 
The results for Missouri on this site might be helpful: http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.php?keyword=&search=Search&type_id%5B%5D=1&type_id%5B%5D=2&country_id=2&province_id=46&tradition%5B%5D=theravada&tradition%5B%5D=mahayana&tradition%5B%5D=vajrayana&tradition%5B%5D=non-sectarian


Alternatively there are lots of meditation talks on Youtube - one of my favourites is Ajahn Brahm, I like his sense of humour.   :wink1:


I don't have reliable transportation to the Center which would be 50 miles away.
I've actually been reading this going it alone in the beginner section on the forums and I think that's my best bet at the time, I know it isn't recommended and someday I would like a teacher, but for now getting into some kind of practice is most important.

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Re: Hello from Missouri
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2016, 06:44:35 am »
I don't have reliable transportation to the Center which would be 50 miles away.
I've actually been reading this going it alone in the beginner section on the forums and I think that's my best bet at the time, I know it isn't recommended and someday I would like a teacher, but for now getting into some kind of practice is most important.

Yes, distance can be a problem.  Another option might be to see if any of the groups offer weekend retreats for beginners.
Do look at some of the meditation talks on Youtube, you can get a pretty good idea from those.

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Re: Hello from Missouri
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2016, 10:36:00 am »
MatchFox:  What part of MO are you in?  I'm in the area and might be able to direct you to a center/group.  Of course, if you are in a rural area, that could be a challenge.

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Re: Hello from Missouri
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2016, 01:22:23 pm »
MatchFox:  What part of MO are you in?  I'm in the area and might be able to direct you to a center/group.  Of course, if you are in a rural area, that could be a challenge.

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Re: Hello from Missouri
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2016, 06:39:27 pm »
Welcome back MatchFox.

I started with Christianity, and am glad to see that we both wound up on the same path.

A dear (now deceased) friend used to say:  "The truth is the truth, no matter what the source."

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A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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