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Postby orangemod » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:49 am


Thank you for having me. My name is Dave.
Briefly, I lost my Father & a year later my Sister...struggled with addiction and had some unpleasant changes in my life. Unhappiness became the norm for me.
I realized my "old ways" were not working for me anymore. Full of anger, attachments, addictions and general negative thoughts, I was very unhappy.
I searched and luckily found Buddhism teachings. I turned my Mom onto meditation and Buddhism as well.
We both have benefited greatly !!!
I know meditation is to be "practiced" like any other learned skill....but I must say that after only a few weeks my attitude towards myself and others has made a huge change.
So, I will be here to humbly ask for help and suggestions.
Thank you for having me.
Cheers, Dave

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Postby catmoon » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:02 am

Sorry to hear you are having a tough time. May you find comfort here.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:50 am


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Glad you found this path to freedom!

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Postby Ben » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:54 am

Hi Dave
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
I hope you find some illumination here as well as some wholesome companionship on the path.

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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Postby BlackBird » Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:14 am

Hi Dave

Dhamma Wheel has a couple of important virtues.

- I've been around a few forums over the years and Dhammawheel without a doubt has the best moderation team I have seen.
- There are numerous members here who's advice is well worth listening to, because they really know their stuff. In my opinion if you ask a question here you're more than likely to get good response.

If you stick around and read the forums and links that get posted it's quite easy to get grounded in conceptual Buddhist doctrine, which is an important part of the pie. The other important part is the practice - developing virtue, concentration, and insight through observing the nature of things.

Glad to hear you've made it to the path, hope your efforts continue to be fruitful.

with metta
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:41 am

Greetings Dave,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


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

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Postby Cittasanto » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:40 am

Wlcome to Dhammawheel
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
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Re: Greetings

Postby orangemod » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:10 pm

Well....thank you all for the kind words and encouragement !!!

Truthfully, maybe 10 years ago I would have thought meditation some kinda silly trendy thing that "trendy" people do to fit in somehow.
I was quite deluded and close-minded.
I'm here to say, meditation has brought so much good to my Mom's life as well as mine. Buddhist teaching has changed me and my "core" attitudes towards others as well as situations.
Before my Dad passed away, he charged me with the responsibility of helping my Mom move on with her life after he is gone. Until I discovered Buddhism & meditation, progress for her was painfully slow. She had no "tools" to she does.
Of course I feel very fortunate to meet y'all and just to have found Buddhism.
Happy New Year to y'all.

Cheers, Dave

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