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Luiz Fernando
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Greetings and metta

Post by Luiz Fernando » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:53 am

Hello, there. I've just arrived here. I have read so many threads in difficult times, but never really registered until tonight.
So, I'm happy to join you and to tell a little about myself:

My name is the same as my nickname and this is me in the picture.
I am from São Paulo, Brazil, and live in Campinas. I'm a linguistics graduation student and currently work as a teacher.

My interest in spiritual and religious things has been present throughout my life and I studied these things by myself since I was a teenager, including occasionally Buddha Dhamma (I first read some Dhammapada verses when I was 16 or 17). Raised in a Catholic family, I never liked the church and refused to undergo catechism. I was more interested in Spiritualism, Pantheism, revivalist Celtic new age paganism and then, more seriously, in Ayahuasca and modern day shamanism as an universalist practice. I had participated in too many Ayahuasca rites. Approximately one year ago, I noticed no improvement on my ways, which I blame on my lack of discipline but also to the inconsistency of universalist groups and practices. So, I dropped everything I was doing and decided to chase exclusively one path: it would be Buddha Dhamma, because the Buddha was the one teacher who impressed me the most and his Dhamma talked to me like nothing else.

Since then, I wandered the realms of Dhamma, getting to know many doctrines and traditions, and reading their sacred texts (Sutras and Suttas). I settled for Theravada because I was unconvinced by late doctrines added by the Mahayana movement as I read some of the core Sutras of the Tathagatagarbha series (my first choice had been Zen, as I also admired Laozi a great deal and had hoped to reconcile both Taoism and Buddhism). Visiting a Soka Gakkai centre was also a bad experience. The Vajrayana contacts I had were pleasant, but I do not feel at ease with their many divinities and Tantra practices. This choice proved wonderful: the Dhamma as it was taught by the master has been my constant study and a source of much rejoice and unprecedented success in self-improvement and a proggressive will to go beyond even these gains.

I live in a city where there are no Theravada centres of practice, so I studied by myself for some time and got in contact with people online. Today, I'm connected to the Brazilian Society of Buddhism and their online Dhamma Talk broadcast. This old organization is recently applying for a place in the Ajahn Chah Forest Tradition council, and we have a resident monk (Ajahn Mudito) as our spiritual leader and a monastery being built. It's a high time for the flourishing of Theravada in Brazil.
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Re: Greetings and metta

Post by DNS » Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:54 am

Welcome to DW!


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Re: Greetings and metta

Post by dylanj » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:28 am

Hi, think I know you from facebook, welcome :)
susukhaṃ vata nibbānaṃ,
asokaṃ virajaṃ khemaṃ,
yattha dukkhaṃ nirujjhatī

Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases

etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ panītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all fabrications, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Greetings and metta

Post by SDC » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:14 pm

Welcome! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Greetings and metta

Post by bodom » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:54 pm


To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: Greetings and metta

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:42 am


I live in Salvador-Bahia.

Maybe you already know this center

I participate in this forum using Google Translator.

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