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Anthony
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Hello

Post by Anthony » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:14 pm

Hi everyone

I am a middle-aged guy from near Toronto, Canada. I have been maintaining a solo practice for 4 or 5 years that consists of daily meditation and Sutta readings, listening to Dhamma talks and reading books in the Thai Forest tradition, and occasional solo retreats. I practiced Zen intensely for about 5 years around the year 2000 but feel more drawn to Theravada. I feel the absence of a Sangha in my life and practice and am hoping this place can help me make a few Dhamma friends or least give me an opportunity to explore Buddhist topics with other people who practice.

Anthony

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Re: Hello

Post by Virgo » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:16 pm

Hi Anthony, and welcome. There is a very nice Monastery in Perth, Ontario - not terribly far from Toronto - which I have visited before. Ajahn Viradhammo is the Abbot there. It is a nice place. People can also visit, offer alms, hear talks, do meditation, etc. You might find some like-minded people there.

Here is the website:
https://tisarana.ca/paying-a-visit/directions/

Best wishes,

Kevin
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Re: Hello

Post by SarathW » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:38 pm

:hello:
There are few good monks in Canada. I am not sure where they are.
Ven Yutthadammo, Ven. Punnadhammo and ??

https://www.urbandharma.org/udharma/maracontent.html
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Hello

Post by DNS » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:17 pm

Welcome to DW!


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Re: Hello

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:28 pm

Greetings Anthony,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

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

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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Re: Hello

Post by bodom » Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:29 pm

Welcome!

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The heart of the path is so simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice.

Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.

Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this-just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle.

- Ajahn Chah

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