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Post by wfarka » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:25 pm

Hi there!

My name is Will, im 20 years old, English, currently living and working in Italy. I recently moved here and decided it was a great opportunity to finally take control of my life and find happiness. Around 2 months ago I came across the (in my opinion) excellent novel 'The Dharma Bums' by Jack Kerouac, which I would highly recommend.

The vivid descriptions of living blissfully on the road with very few possessions and practicing the noble path spoke very strongly to me. Humanism, minimalism, generosity and living in the moment are all important aspects of my life which I aspire to so I was very joyful to find them combined in Buddhism. Since then I have read some basic books on Buddhism, mainly on Mindfulness, (The Essence of Buddhism, Mindfulness in Plain English, The Experience of Insight) and I recently came across this forum.

There is no temple nearby which I can visit so I am a solo practitioner for now (and for the foreseeable future), and I have no particular attachment to any sect of Buddhism, although in my research ive found myself leaning away from Mahayana Buddhism due to what i hear about chanting and general bamboo stick abuse :rofl:

Outside of Buddhism im interested in Art, exercise, travelling, snowboarding, reading and all manner of other things wholesome and not so wholesome.

I hope this isn't too long for a first post and that you'll welcome me to the forum. I'd love to hear any opinions and advice or reading you can suggest as I begin my way on the Eight-fold Path - im looking to read more of the central texts of Buddhism but im not sure where to start.

In return here is a photo of a happy clay Buddha I have made and finished painting today which I hope will bring a smile to your day.

Thank you! :namaste:
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Re: New to Buddhism

Post by CedarTree » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:59 pm

Great clay Buddha friend :)

Practice, Practice, Practice

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Re: New to Buddhism

Post by bodom » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:20 pm

Welcome ! Awesome job on the Buddha.

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: New to Buddhism

Post by SarathW » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:47 am

Great art work!
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: New to Buddhism

Post by BasementBuddhist » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:12 am

Welcome to DW. You are embarking on one hell of a journey, my friend. More so than your move, more so than the greatest piece of snowboarding, more than your greatest work of art. It's going to destroy you, in every sense of the word. I hope you are ready for it. It's rather a wonderful experience. Except for when it is boring or even terrible.

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Re: New to Buddhism

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:21 am


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


Paul. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

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

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: New to Buddhism

Post by DNS » Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:30 am

Welcome to DW!


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Re: New to Buddhism

Post by stentoriusmaxim » Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:03 am

Dhrama Bums is awesome, I have it somewhere, I must go find it. Italy seems like a great place to meditate. You're living the dream. I love history so it would be a dream come true. Keep up the good work man.

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