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Greetings from NY, USA

Post by paxamo » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:54 pm

Hello everybody,

I am a beginner buddhist, so to speak. I was raised Catholic, but it wasn't working out - so I studied many different philosophies and religions. Currently I would describe myself as part Agnostic Humanist, part Theravada Buddhist. I would really love to learn more about Buddhism to bring peace and happiness into my life. I joined this forum because I need some socialization with people that think like myself. In my community almost everyone has a capitalistic, selfish attitude towards life, and I feel like I can't relate with anyone. I can no longer enjoy the company of my old friends because they all are focused on: pleasure, un-noble actions, wasting time playing video games and watching TV, and I just can't stand it. I hope that I can find like-minded friends on these forums, and learn a lot!

Thanks,

Paxamo
"To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice" - Confucius

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Re: Greetings from NY, USA

Post by Ben » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:59 pm

Hi Paxamo
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
If you haven't already discovered it, you might like to bookmark the following site: http://www.accesstoinsight.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; which is a valuable resource for readings on Theravada Buddhism.
Like you, many of our members practice on their own and surrounded by communities who are focused on materialistic fulfilment. You're among friends here!
Kind regards

Ben
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Re: Greetings from NY, USA

Post by retrofuturist » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:06 pm

Greetings Paxamo,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Re: Greetings from NY, USA

Post by DNS » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:38 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings from NY, USA

Post by paxamo » Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:13 am

Thanks a lot guys! Thank you Ben especially, for the great website! I am sure that it will be quite useful!
"To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice" - Confucius

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