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Offline nothingspecial

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How has FreeSangha contributed to your practice?
« on: April 11, 2016, 03:54:14 pm »
Hi everyone,
An old beginner here, who can get to a face-to-face sangha infrequently due to where I live.  I read the fundamentals (Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hahn), listen to online audio dharma talks, and meditate twice a day for 20 minutes, also practice mindful walking for an hour a day.  Some days I am able to have a quiet clear mind for a while, some not. I am beginning to see a tiny fruit or two from this beginning practice in the way I respond to people around me (more concise and well thought out)... But ...  I am beset by everything that comes with a (Western) lifetime lived with cravings, forgetfulness, habit energies and dualistic thinking!  To name a few.  I am curious how freesangha.com helps your practice.  And interested in what other things/practices help you on your path...  NS

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Re: How has FreeSangha contributed to your practice?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2016, 04:33:50 pm »
NS,

  I realize this post is nearly a month old, but in seeing it I had to respond. I was very fortunate early in zen practice to have found this group. There are many wise and compassionate and knowledgeable people, many of them monks or with decades of experience. Dharmakara in particular was an amazing guide and friend. He is passed now and I miss him and his guidance very deeply.

So study and learn but also practice. Don't be an "armchair" Buddhist. For me, I found it is truly all fingers pointing at the moon. The teachings all pointed back to the practice of meditation. And now that is all there is, no views no doctrines no teachings, just meditation. Yet I owe that to my teachers who showed me door thru which to walk.

-Fred

 


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