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Sam Vega
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Hello friends!

Post by Sam Vega » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:53 pm

Hello friends,

I'm long time lurker and thought I'd join in on the conversations that have helped me so so much. I have aspirations to contribute meaningfully to those and more.

A quick blurb about me: Born into a secular family in an Islamic society, to an atheist father, and agnostic mother who dabbled in Tibetan buddhism for a year or so when I was a teen. I grew up fairly faith-free and secular thanks to the conditions of my birth. I indulged in copious amounts of sensuality and aversion/anger in my younger life, until it started to become clear that such things only led to perpetual misery. I tried to break free but w/o success, until one day I spoke using extremely harsh speech to my father. Immediately afterwards I felt like I had swallowed hot coals - such was my anger and remorse. I knew I had to vanquish anger, no matter what. Researching anger and speech led me to reading about the precepts (on wikipedia of all places!) about 5-6 years back. Since then I became absolutely hooked to the Dhamma, as I kept on reading more and more. An unrelated chain of events in life had brought me to the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, and after some digging I found that Bhante Gunaratana's forest monastery was only a couple hours drive away, and the rest is history :smile:

My primary teachers are Bhante G. and the monastic Sangha at Bhavana Society, and Bhante Rahula, who recently returned back to the Maryland area to be the head teacher at a meditation center (Lion of Wisdom) affiliated with the DC Buddhist Vihara and Bhavana Society. I was just at Bhavana recently where I fulfilled a long time aspiration of taking the Lifetime precepts.

I am of an intellectual bent and throughly enjoy nerding out over the Dhamma. I hope to bring something of value to this community.

Mangalam,

Sam Vega

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Dan74-MkII
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Re: Hello friends!

Post by Dan74-MkII » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:05 pm

Welcome, Sam Vega! :hello:

I could've sworn that we already have a member with the same name but it must be similar.

Bhante G. is amazing and an inspiration to many. I guess you are fortunate to live in proximity.

Looking forward to reading your posts and exchanging on this path!

_/|\_

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Re: Hello friends!

Post by bodom » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:09 pm

Welcome!

:anjali:
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 friends!

Post by DNS » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:18 pm

Dan74-MkII wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:05 pm
I could've sworn that we already have a member with the same name but it must be similar.
You might be thinking of samseva (pali for companionship) which sounds similar; a member here with over 2,000 posts.

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Re: Hello friends!

Post by DNS » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:18 pm

Welcome to DW!


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Dan74-MkII
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Re: Hello friends!

Post by Dan74-MkII » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:24 pm

DNS wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:18 pm
Dan74-MkII wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:05 pm
I could've sworn that we already have a member with the same name but it must be similar.
You might be thinking of samseva (pali for companionship) which sounds similar; a member here with over 2,000 posts.
I might've been ( there is also Sam Vara), but just had a quick look and we do have a member called samvega, though he hasn't been active for some years:

memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=1141
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JamesTheGiant
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Re: Hello friends!

Post by JamesTheGiant » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:34 pm

Wasn't there a moderator called Sam Vara? I dunno.
Hi and welcome to the circus!

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Sam Vara
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Re: Hello friends!

Post by Sam Vara » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:43 pm

Welcome to DW, Sam Vega! :namaste:

(For those asking, I started off as Sam Vega, but quickly changed it to Sam Vara when I found there was an existing member called samvega. He hasn't posted for a long time, so I don't think there's any risk of confusion...)

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Post by retrofuturist » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:48 pm

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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Re: Hello friends!

Post by Ceisiwr » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:01 am

Welcome :group:

Sam Vega
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Re: Hello friends!

Post by Sam Vega » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:08 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome!

Mangalam,

Sam Vega

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