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Offline Empty13

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Returning to the cushions
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:56:34 pm »
Hello, and gassho!

I have been out of practice for a long while but am recently heavily returning to practice and am glad to have found freesangha as an extra extended community of people interested in the 8 fold path and the variety of Buddhist teachings that speak to myself. I attend a Zen center and practice generally mindfulnessZazen style meditation but also enjoy Tibetan and some Theravadan scripture also. Just wanting to introduce myself and hope to get as much out of the community as I can possibly put into it. I am also a person I recovery, which has put me in direct experience with some very extreme forms of suffering, but also the wonderous benefits of the Dharma.  :r4wheel:Thank you all for stopping and reading!

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Re: Returning to the cushions
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2018, 08:24:23 pm »
I wish you the very best!

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Re: Returning to the cushions
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 06:37:07 pm »
Fellow Sanghians!

 :r4wheel:  A Special Anjali to All Returning Buddhists.

Here's how I started and re-started, both with books.

What got me going after a long time of being away from Buddhism was what I wish I'd had at the outset: a remarkable Graphic Novel called BUDDHA An Enlightened Life.  I'll review it in the Books and Movies section later.  My first introduction was the book Siddhartha, also about Siddhartha Gautama Buddha's inspiring life.  A lot of people read biographies for inspiration.  BUDDHA is an inspiring read for many reasons.  First, it's VISUAL along with textual.  This is soo very valuable.  It turns on both halves of your brain in a major way!  It's like you're getting fed nutritious broth after a long fast.  At least it was for me.  Second, it's a just-right length.  It's a book thin enough and light enough to carry with you (and also very pretty!) in your pack, and substantial enough to feed you well.  Siddhartha was given to me by my Comparative Religions teacher, a story of the life of Buddha from before he became enlightened.  It's great, by Hermann Hesse, (who incidentally was bi-polar) but I like books with pictures in.   :anjali:
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