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Hey from London, UK

Post by BobbyC » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:22 pm

Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd introduce myself and tell you guys a little bit about myself: I never really considered myself belonging to a religion despite being raised a Catholic. At school I studied all other religions except Buddhism (no idea why!). So last year I took it upon myself to change this and bought a couple of books. And I was completely drawn in! I actually never thought that I'd belong to a religion and take all the beliefs wholeheartedly, but that's exactly what happened. I'm by no means well versed in all the teachings and aspects, but I hope to be one day! And I'm already learning a lot from the posts on this forum. I was initially able to attend some classes and a temple, but an injury/disability prevents me from doing so now. So I hope I fit in well in this community :)
Think that's enough about me now. Thanks for reading!

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Re: Hey from London, UK

Post by DNS » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:37 pm


Hi Bobby,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hey from London, UK

Post by Fede » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:38 pm

hello Bobby...From a fellow UK resident, I'm happy to meet you...
I too left behind a strong and extremely influential and all-encompassing RC background.
I never encountered hostility or opposition, neither did anyone condemn me or judge me, or even criticise my steering towards a different path.
So everything was - and still is - quite cool, with me and my RC family.

Funny though, that you should use the phrase being drawn in...
Many, many years ago, when I was relatively new to my Buddhist path, and was as yet virtually completely ignorant of most things Buddhist (a situation many would argue hasn't changed much! :lol: ) I went into a shop selling purely religious literature, and finally found a shelf with just three Buddhist books on it.
One was a book by John Snelling, ('The Elements of Buddhism') and so glad was I to have found it, that I simply had to have it.
As I went to pay for it, the young girl behind the counter said to me "Don't get sucked in, will you?"
I wish I could say that I came back with a suitably "put-downish"retort, but I simply didn't know what to say, so I just smiled, and said "Opps! Too late!" probably for the best, as I can now confidently say. Althoughn at the time, I was just dying to give her a verbal slap in the face.....! :stirthepot: (Bad girl, bad!)

I have never ever regretted being "sucked in"....
I'm confident your being 'drawn in' will be equally satisfying!

Nice to meetcha!
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Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Hey from London, UK

Post by bodom » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:55 pm


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 mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

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Re: Hey from London, UK

Post by Ben » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:12 pm

H Bobby
And welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Hey from London, UK

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:13 pm

Greetings Bobby,
BobbyC wrote:I was completely drawn in! I actually never thought that I'd belong to a religion and take all the beliefs wholeheartedly, but that's exactly what happened.
Yep, I can relate to that.

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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)

"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: Hey from London, UK

Post by BobbyC » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:32 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome guys :D

It's nice to see that I share a similar experience with you Fede. My family and friends have also been very supportive of my decision - although when I began discussing elements of Buddhism with them I think they began to change their minds and developed headaches!! :lol: My friends aren't religous so much, but are still fairly supportive. Although they tend to lead...less than advisable lifestyles? I think I can still learn from this though and it makes me stronger in my resolve.
I'm surprised the girl warned you about getting sucked in. As, like you, I thoroughly enjoyed getting sucked in - and do even more with every book I read! Although I do remember one of my friends asking me when I told her I was Buddhist "Does that mean you' can't have fun anymore...?"
Despite having read a lot, I still consider myself a real novice, but I hope to have learned enough to get involved in some of the philosophical discussions you guys have on here. There's nothing better than giving your faith a good spin :D




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Re: Hey from London, UK

Post by rowyourboat » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:41 pm

Hi Welcome! I'm from London UK myself. I think you will find dhamma wheel a great resource!
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