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  • Tony-KY
    Member
    • Nov 2007
    • 63

    An Introduction

    Hello Everyone,

    I live in a small rural college town in Kentucky, US. I am an accounting clerk at a state university.

    I was brought up in a small conservative Evanglical church. In my early teens, I was a born-again fervent Jesus freak (back when Jesus freaks weren't cool). But, I soon after took up reading about other other religions in the world and books on popular science. This made literal interpretation of the Bible soon untenable. The world is simply too large and complex to be defined by the Bible or any other book. In short, I left my teen years as an existential atheist.

    I started reading about Zen in my early 20's with Alan Watt's The Way of Zen and D T Suzuki's Essays in Zen Buddhism which whetted my taste. But it was The Three Pillars on Zen which really brought home that Zen is not reading about it, but doing it. I practiced zazen alone for a few weeks, but the only thing I had to go on for support was Kapleau's book (this was before the internet). I soon got distracted and lost interest.

    Now, I'm forty. I won't say I'm in a mid-life crisis, I hate that term, but my youthful optimism about the world has been taking a beating in the last few years.

    A couple of months ago I signed on Second Life one weekend after reading about it on Salon.com. I found a Skeptical Buddhist Sangha (a group based on Batchelor's Buddhism Without Beliefs) there that holds weekly discussion and meditation meetings. I got into practicing vipassana after reading Mindfulness in Plain English I'm also in contact with a Soto monk and teacher who lives in France. And he has been instructing me in shikantaza. That is what I've been practicing for the last two weeks.

    I know it sounds like the dharma meets "The Sims" or "Warcraft". But, it's the only way I can converse and interact with other Buddhists. Someday, I want to visit Zen Center when I work up the courage, have the money for gas, and have the time.

    Anyway, that's my saga from armchair Buddhist to cyber Buddhist.

    Gassho,
  • Komoku
    Member
    • Sep 2007
    • 55

    #2
    Welcome to forty! ...I mean Treeleaf.
    Gassho,

    Komoku
    古黙

    Sat

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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39456

      #3
      Welcome Boone (now I see the Kentucky connection!),

      Welcome. And I hope you will sit with me too ...

      http://treeleafzen.blogspot.com/

      ... I am not virtual (even though this world, by the way, may be something like 'Second Life', and no more real)

      Do Virtual Beings have Buddha Nature? (an updated version of Master Joshu's Koan)

      Gassho, Jundo
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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      • Ten
        Member
        • Nov 2007
        • 34

        #4
        Hi boone and welcome!

        Maybe there's some strange beings now sat on their computers controlling us, and probably having a good laugh about it, it's a funny thought.

        Best wishes,

        Ten

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        • Longdog
          Member
          • Nov 2007
          • 448

          #5
          Hi Boone, I'm new here too

          Kev
          [url:x8wstd0h]http://moder-dye.blogspot.com/[/url:x8wstd0h]

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          • Steve
            Member
            • Nov 2007
            • 21

            #6
            Welcome Boone! I wonder if your "virtual sitter" gets a sore lower circuit after a half hour of sitting?

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            • Shohei
              Member
              • Oct 2007
              • 2854

              #7
              Welcome Boone!

              Gassho
              Dirk

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              • Fuken
                Member
                • Sep 2006
                • 435

                #8
                Welcome aboard,

                Gassho,
                Jordan
                Yours in practice,
                Jordan ("Fu Ken" translates to "Wind Sword", Dharma name givin to me by Jundo, I am so glad he did not name me Wind bag.)

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                • Rev R
                  Member
                  • Jul 2007
                  • 457

                  #9
                  hello

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                  • will
                    Member
                    • Jun 2007
                    • 2331

                    #10
                    Hey Boone. Welcome.

                    Gassho Will
                    [size=85:z6oilzbt]
                    To save all sentient beings, though beings are numberless.
                    To penetrate reality, though reality is boundless.
                    To transform all delusion, though delusions are immeasurable.
                    To attain the enlightened way, a way non-attainable.
                    [/size:z6oilzbt]

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                    • Dainin
                      Member
                      • Sep 2007
                      • 389

                      #11
                      Hey Boone,

                      Welcome to Treeleaf! Hope you enjoy your stay.

                      Gassho,
                      Keith

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                      • John
                        Member
                        • Sep 2007
                        • 272

                        #12
                        Welcome Boone. I've read the same books as you, even Mindfulness in Plain English. Some of it was good but I didn't agree with what he said about Zen meditation. Second Life sangha sounds interesting. Maybe we should all be there, A dream within a dream within a dream....

                        Gassho,
                        John

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                        • Eika
                          Member
                          • Sep 2007
                          • 806

                          #13
                          Welcome!

                          Bill
                          [size=150:m8cet5u6]??[/size:m8cet5u6] We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life---John Cage

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                          • oxeye
                            Member
                            • Oct 2007
                            • 31

                            #14
                            hi boone.. welcome. - jeff

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                            • Bansho
                              Member
                              • Apr 2007
                              • 532

                              #15
                              Hi Boone,

                              Welcome, and thanks for sharing your story with us. I'm not sure if we're all real or virtual, but as long as I can do Zazen it doesn't really matter to me. :wink:

                              Gassho
                              Ken
                              ??

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