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Offline 620karma

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Introduction - Hello
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:54:23 pm »
Hello. My name is Chiconde (which is a Mozambique word for Love). I am very interested in learning how to become a Buddhist. I NEED enlightenment, peace of mind and soul, and the acceptance of my own reality. Since a child, I have believed in reincarnation. As an adult in college, I have studied Buddhism as part of a humanities course, which only strengthened my desire to learn more.
At current, I am lost...and honestly, I want to be found, or to find myself. I feel at the end of my rope, and when I could see no other way than death, I thought to type in the search bar "Buddhist Chat rooms". I just want to learn better who I am, my purpose, etc.
Hello, and I hope to find my way.

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 01:55:45 pm »
Welcome!

  This is a great community that continues to help me on my journey, I wish the same for you.

  Wanted to offer some simple thoughts about how you said you want to be found or find yourself.  That is a wonderful place to start! "Who am I?"....  (If you ask me I would tell you, "I don't know." and i've been thinking about it for a while  :eek:)  But wonderful question.

  Buddhism uses the image of mirrors a lot. We see with our eyes and we think we see what's really there. But actually it is more like a mirror and often our view of things is in many ways a reflection of our thoughts.

  I hope you find help on the journey and liberation from your suffering.

Namaste and deep bows,
Fred

Offline Dharmakara

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 03:35:18 pm »
Hi Chiconde and welcome to Free Sangha.

I believe it was Henry David Thoreau who said, “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves" --- in the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness. Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom.

 :namaste:

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2014, 07:45:31 pm »
Hi! We talked a little in the chat room, but I thought I'd welcome you properly.

I'd like to say that I can very much sympathize with your feelings. I come from a broken home, and suffer from great depression often. I've felt quite often that I have no place in this world, and it is a horrible feeling. It isn't one that goes away over night, either, no matter how much good information you get.

As I mentioned in the chat, I'm really a beginner convert myself, and I can't claim to know what I'm doing. It's funny, because I feel a certain kinship to you, even if we've never met? I see a great deal of myself in you.

As I understand it, an important idea in Buddhism is that there is no inherent self. We are a conglomeration of the world around us. We're built from the things we learn from others, and the experiences we have ourselves. If the lives we have lived up until this point had been different, we ourselves would be very different.

That was a very uncomfortable thought for me, personally. I felt like, if there's nothing inherent to me, then I am nothing. But I've begun to think that, if there really is nothing inherent to us, then that just leaves more room to grow and polish. If there's nothing inherent, then there's nothing holding us back from moving forward.

If you asked me who I am, I think the best I could tell you would be, I'm a work in progress.

May we all find the enlightenment we dearly seek, and come to understand the world, and ourselves, for what it really is.

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2014, 12:02:18 am »
Welcome!

 


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