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Postby Fluke » Wed May 22, 2013 5:01 pm

Hi guys

I'm male 39 years of age, hailing from Yorkshire in the UK, and have been interested in Buddhism for approximately the last 10 years.

I've read several books on the subject and have learned from Buddhist forums and chat rooms as well as other online material. I've been meditating for around 5 years and have slowly built up the amount of time I spend on it, although I admit I lack discipline in this area as I sometimes miss days.

I live in a small town where there are no Buddhist centres or temples, and so unfortunately I have no teacher. I intend going on retreats in the very near future, where i can learn more about the practice of the Dhamma (in particular the most skilful way to practice Vipassana) and of course I hope I can learn a lot from this forum.

I look forward to meeting and conversing with you :smile:

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Re: Hi guys

Postby felipe » Wed May 22, 2013 5:11 pm

Welcome aboard :)

I am in the same situation, no centres near me and no teacher, but this place is very good, internet is a great tool this days.

Hope you can find what you are looking for :)
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Re: Hi guys

Postby Aloka » Wed May 22, 2013 5:42 pm

Welcome Fluke,

If you can travel further north to Northumberland at any time, Harnham Theravada Thai Forest tradition Monastery might be worth investigating.

http://ratanagiri.org.uk/about/

With kind wishes,

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Re: Hi guys

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed May 22, 2013 7:04 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hi guys

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed May 22, 2013 8:22 pm

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Re: Hi guys

Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 23, 2013 1:21 am

Greetings Fluke,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Re: Hi guys

Postby Fluke » Fri May 24, 2013 12:58 pm

Thanks for the kind welcome.

Aloka, I appreciate the link you have given and will check it out. As there are no Buddhist centres near me, I know I will need to travel, and am prepared to do that. Right now I'm looking for a short-stay retreat (2-3 days) that teaches Vipassana. If that goes ok, I will consider the Goenka 10-day retreats.

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Re: Hi guys

Postby Spiny Norman » Fri May 24, 2013 1:12 pm

Fluke wrote:I'm male 39 years of age, hailing from Yorkshire in the UK, and have been interested in Buddhism for approximately the last 10 years.


Hi Fluke, this might be worth a look: http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.ph ... =theravada.
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Re: Hi guys

Postby Fluke » Fri May 24, 2013 1:31 pm

Spiny Norman wrote:
Fluke wrote:I'm male 39 years of age, hailing from Yorkshire in the UK, and have been interested in Buddhism for approximately the last 10 years.


Hi Fluke, this might be worth a look: http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.ph ... =theravada.


The problem I have is that I don't drive, and when I last checked out the schedules of Sheffield Buddhist centres they finished late in the evening, making it impossible for me to return home by public transport.

I think my best option is going on a retreat for a few days.. which is something I've never done before. If that works out ok, I will consider longer retreats.

Thanks anyway Spiny Norman.

Edit: Or do the centres you mentioned offer retreats? Sorry I replied before looking properly. When I last researched this, there were no retreats available in the nearest city (Sheffield.)
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Re: Hi guys

Postby Ben » Fri May 24, 2013 1:40 pm

Greetings Fluke and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Hi guys

Postby Spiny Norman » Fri May 24, 2013 1:53 pm

Fluke wrote:Edit: Or do the centres you mentioned offer retreats? Sorry I replied before looking properly. When I last researched this, there were no retreats available in the nearest city (Sheffield.)


Samatha Trust have a retreat centre in Wales, but it's worth checking in case they organise local retreats. And I think the the monastery at Harnham has already been mentioned - see the Thai Forest listings. Not all groups put themselves on the Buddhanet directory, but the ones that are listed should be able to give you information about other groups in their area - so it's worth making contact anyway. I think there's also a Triratna centre in Sheffield, they provide a good introduction to meditation.
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Re: Hi guys

Postby Fluke » Fri May 24, 2013 1:55 pm

Thanks for the welcome Ben and for the advice Spiny Norman.

I checked out the web site of the Sheffield Triratna centre and that looks ideal, as it's not far to travel. I'll contact them and ask about their retreat dates.

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Ye suffer from yourselves. None else compels,
None other holds you that ye live and die,
And whirl upon the wheel, and hug and kiss
Its spokes of agony,
Its tire of tears, its nave of nothingness.
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Re: Hi guys

Postby Sambodhi in Oz » Wed May 29, 2013 3:32 pm

Dear Fluke,

Only thing in 2-3 days vipassana can't be learnt let alone practised. You might end up taking a mild course and loosing the benefits that come with it.

Better take a 10 days course at Goenkaji's centers

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Re: Hi guys

Postby Fluke » Thu May 30, 2013 5:05 pm

parth wrote:Dear Fluke,

Only thing in 2-3 days vipassana can't be learnt let alone practised. You might end up taking a mild course and loosing the benefits that come with it.

Better take a 10 days course at Goenkaji's centers

Metta

Parth


Hi Parth

The 10 day retreats sound a little "intense" with ~10 hours of meditation every day, and complete silence between the visitors. Also, I've never been on a retreat before, so it's my intention to "test the waters" on a shorter retreat. If all goes well with that, I'll sign up for the longer Goenka retreat, where I'm sure I'll learn a lot more about Vipassana.

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Ho! ye who suffer! know
Ye suffer from yourselves. None else compels,
None other holds you that ye live and die,
And whirl upon the wheel, and hug and kiss
Its spokes of agony,
Its tire of tears, its nave of nothingness.
Fluke
 
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