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Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:24 am
by Vardali
Hi everyone,

I have been directed to this board because I am leaning to the Theravada "style" in my beginning buddhist practice, so I hope to learn a lot here and find some help for my practice as well as help out as good as I can with what little experience I have gained in the matters of the dhamma :)

I am from Germany (the RP/NRW area, if anyone is familiar with the region) and have been reading up, listened and looked into Buddhist teachings for the past 2 years. I feel I am "getting" some of what I have read and found out, but I am definitely work in progress, as far as my Buddhist inclinations go. I have been able to relate best to the teachings I have read and listened to from the likes of Ajahn Brahm, Ajahn Munindom as well as Josef Goldstein; I am mostly following the BSWA and UK streams instead of any local German sangha.

One reason is that there seems a more widespread interest in Tibetan buddhism in Germany which Ifind less appealing in style (I seem to have an aversion against rituals, I guess). And the only Theravadin centers seem to be located in the South of Germany (which is quite a way from where I live).
But this is mostly logistics; more crucial is my seeming inability to relate to Buddhist teachings in German language. Stuff that seems intuitively understandable to me in English seems total incomprehensible to me if I try it in German. I have always suspected that I must have been some British native in a past life-time. So I always have to fall back to English sources.
:toast:

So, I will have to make use of modern technology to support my practices, I guess. Hopefully I will find a nice international community here that can relate to this :)

Hope to read, write and learn more here :namaste:

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:33 am
by retrofuturist
Greetings Vardali,

Thank you for the introduction and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Retro. :)

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:16 am
by Dhammabodhi
Hi!

Welcome to Dhammawheel! I'm a student in Paderborn, but currently in France. Where do u live in NRW?
May you be peaceful and happy!
Metta,
Dhammabodhi

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:37 am
by Vardali
Thank you for your kind welcome :thanks:

I currently live somewhere between Köln and the Eifel, so it's pretty rural here (1 hrs drive to Köln and Düsseldorf, a bit less to Bonn).

I like it rural, though :) Cities tend to stress me out a bit.
:tongue:

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:28 pm
by genkaku
Welcome Vardali. Hope you find something useful here.

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:38 pm
by Ben
Hi Vardali
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Be sure to make contact with Bhikkhu Gavesako here on Dhamma Wheel as he also lives in Germany. He should be a good contact for you.
Metta

Ben

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:22 pm
by Jechbi
Vardali wrote:I currently live somewhere between Köln and the Eifel, so it's pretty rural here (1 hrs drive to Köln and Düsseldorf, a bit less to Bonn).
A beautiful part of Germany. Welcome.

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:29 pm
by DNS
:hello:

Guten Tag!

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:buddha2:

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:43 pm
by puthujjana
Herzlich Willkommen und viele Grüße aus Norddeutschland! :hello:

:anjali:

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:12 pm
by Moggalana
Von mir ein herzliches 'Servus' aus Bayern :smile:

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:21 pm
by Vardali
Oh, vielen Dank!

Greetings back and glad to be here :D

:thanks:

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:27 pm
by Cittasanto
Hi

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:29 am
by Rhino
Auch von mir herzliche Grüsse. Willkommen/MoinMoin/welcome.

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:51 pm
by gavesako
Have a look at http://www.theravadablog.de" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; where you will find a link to Wat Lao not far from where you live (Wat Sibounheuang). There are some German people there who are also practising meditation and who you could connect with.

Re: Hello from Germany

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:35 pm
by Dhammabodhi
Hi Vardali!

Maybe when I go back to Paderborn we can meet up sometime! Meanwhile, let's practice diligently, so that if and when we meet we could learn a lot from each other!

Metta,
Dhammabodhi