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Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:31 pm
by Sambojjhanga
Hello! This is my first post on this forum, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce myself.

I have been "on the path" since I was about 10 years old and saw the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Japan) and became fascinated by the serene look on the statue of the Master Gotama's face. At various times, I've practiced Mahayana, Vajrayana and now Theravada Buddhism. I believe that all forms are valid, but for the past few years, I have worked from (the most original) source material: the Pali Canon, so I consider Theravada my home now. Most specifically, I follow the Thai Forest Tradition, but I am open to the wisdom of all who practice the Eight Fold Path of the Buddha.

I am particularly interested in the work of Thanissaro Bikkhu (and his teachers, Ajaan Fuang and Ajaan Lee) and particularly appreciate his methods and practices. For me, I think it is very important to follow a teacher and teachings that speak to one and I especially like his style.

Looking forward to learning and sharing here.

Much Metta to all! :anjali:

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:51 pm
by LonesomeYogurt
Welcome friend!

Thanisarro Bhikkhu is a great inspiration to me as well. He has many fans here.

If you're into the Thai Forest Tradition, you might also want to check out Buddhadasa Bhikkhu - he is a wonderful teacher and his writings on anapanasati are very clear and illuminating. Anapanasati: A Manual for Serious Beginners is wonderful.

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:07 pm
by Sambojjhanga
Hello LonesomeYogurt, and thanks for the welcome!

Yes indeed, I have that particular book by Ven. Buddhadasa and share your enthusiasm for it.

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:13 pm
by marc108
nice to meet you! have you been to Wat Metta?

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:31 pm
by Sambojjhanga
Nice to meet you, too, marc.

Not yet, though it is my fondest wish to visit Wat Metta.

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:11 pm
by DNS
Nice avatar!

:hello: Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
:buddha1:

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:26 pm
by cooran
Welcome! :group:

with metta
Chris

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:30 pm
by Ben
Greetings Sambojjhanga and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
kind regards,

Ben

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:11 pm
by Cittasanto
welcome aboard!

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:51 pm
by Sambojjhanga
Wow, thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! I'm really honored :anjali: :group:

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:01 am
by Sambojjhanga
David N. Snyder wrote:Nice avatar!

:hello: Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
:buddha1:
David, thank you very much...I just realized that I have your book, The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists - Explained

I'm enjoying it very much, thank you for writing it.

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:41 pm
by bodom
Welcome!

:anjali:

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:43 am
by Sambojjhanga
bodom wrote:Welcome!

:anjali:
Thanks for the welcome, bodom. Great avatar, BTW.

:anjali:

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:40 am
by Khalil Bodhi
Sorry for being late to the welcome party but WELCOME! Happy uposatha while I'm at it!

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:05 pm
by Sambojjhanga
Thank you, Khalil, and happy Uposatha to you (and everyone else) as well!

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:31 pm
by waimengwan
Welcome

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:49 pm
by Sambojjhanga
waimengwan wrote:Welcome
Thank you!

Metta,

:anjali:

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:29 pm
by tidathep
Sambojjhanga wrote:Hello! This is my first post on this forum, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce myself.

I have been "on the path" since I was about 10 years old and saw the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Japan) and became fascinated by the serene look on the statue of the Master Gotama's face. At various times, I've practiced Mahayana, Vajrayana and now Theravada Buddhism. I believe that all forms are valid, but for the past few years, I have worked from (the most original) source material: the Pali Canon, so I consider Theravada my home now. Most specifically, I follow the Thai Forest Tradition, but I am open to the wisdom of all who practice the Eight Fold Path of the Buddha.

I am particularly interested in the work of Thanissaro Bikkhu (and his teachers, Ajaan Fuang and Ajaan Lee) and particularly appreciate his methods and practices. For me, I think it is very important to follow a teacher and teachings that speak to one and I especially like his style.

Looking forward to learning and sharing here.

Much Metta to all! :anjali:
Dear Sambojjhanga,

I found the picture of Kamakura Buddha:
Image

Tidathep

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:40 pm
by Sambojjhanga
tidathep wrote:
Sambojjhanga wrote:Hello! This is my first post on this forum, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce myself.

I have been "on the path" since I was about 10 years old and saw the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Japan) and became fascinated by the serene look on the statue of the Master Gotama's face. At various times, I've practiced Mahayana, Vajrayana and now Theravada Buddhism. I believe that all forms are valid, but for the past few years, I have worked from (the most original) source material: the Pali Canon, so I consider Theravada my home now. Most specifically, I follow the Thai Forest Tradition, but I am open to the wisdom of all who practice the Eight Fold Path of the Buddha.

I am particularly interested in the work of Thanissaro Bikkhu (and his teachers, Ajaan Fuang and Ajaan Lee) and particularly appreciate his methods and practices. For me, I think it is very important to follow a teacher and teachings that speak to one and I especially like his style.

Looking forward to learning and sharing here.

Much Metta to all! :anjali:
Dear Sambojjhanga,

I found the picture of Kamakura Buddha:
Image

Tidathep
Oh, that brings back many memories, thank you so much for posting that :smile:

I remember as a little boy standing at the Great Buddha's feet, staring up. Quite a site.

Much metta,

:anjali:

Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:17 am
by tidathep
Oh, that brings back many memories, thank you so much for posting that :smile:

I remember as a little boy standing at the Great Buddha's feet, staring up. Quite a site.

Much metta,

:anjali:[/quote]

Dear Sambojanga,

I used to station in Japan (Air Force Base) years ago. I and my boyfriend traveled around Japan.
This is my favorite:

Image

Tidathep