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Hello from Ohio

Postby Carpenter » Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:27 am

Just starting to study Buddhism. For years I've had my own beliefs about religions and the space around us. I've been carefully approaching Buddhism as a rational way of putting things in context over the last few years. I'm very sure now and ready to learn all I can. I hope to find good guidance here.

Currently, I'm about half way through "The Tibetan Book of Life and Death". Listened to many web casts by the Dalai Lama and now I find myself with a tremendous thirst for more knowledge.
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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:00 am

Greetings Carpenter and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
You may also wish to check out our sister site: www.dharmawheel.net which has a Mahayana/Vajrayana focus.
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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby Benjamin » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:02 am

Hey Carpenter,

I'm also in Ohio, near the Kent/Akron area. Welcome to DhammaWheel!
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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby Carpenter » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:13 am

Thank you. :)
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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:09 am

welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby cooran » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:42 am

Welcome! :group:

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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby bodom » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:57 am

Welcome Carpenter!

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:11 am

Welcome to DW Carpenter!
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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:19 pm

Welcome Aboard :anjali:
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Re: Hello from Ohio

Postby Roland » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:18 pm

Welcome, fellow Ohioan!
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