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jerry
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Alberta Canada

Post by jerry » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:40 am

Greetings everyone. Since I've been counting the Dhamma Wheel as another of my buddhist resources for a few weeks now, I wanted to take you up on the invitation to introduce myself.

I'm Jerry from Alberta, Canada. 36. Married. I don't sit with or attend a temple because, unfortunately, the closest one is in Edmonton, which with my schedule is too far to be practical.

What led me to Buddhism originally was a general desire to finally make peace with myself and the world around me. It took me a long time to fully grasp the importance of meditation practice because I kept seeing the dhamma and meditation as two different things. It took me a long time to see them as the same, so I'm a bit of a late bloomer there. What I'm learning is that a lot of people come from the other direction. Often experimenting with meditation first.

Although I most identify with the Theravada tradition, I've sought insight from a hodge podge of sources, be it the buddhist geeks podcasts, various books written by the Dalai Lama, Thanissaro Bhikku, Thich Nhat Hanh. I've found that, regardless of the tradition, I can glean insight from most anyone who follows the middle way. And the insight I take, I've found, is often Theravadan in essence. Hopefully that makes sense.

I don't know if this post means I'll be actively participating or continue reading along, but many of you have already added to my practice with your posts, comments and discussions. I thank you for that.

Be well.
-Jerry

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Re: Alberta Canada

Post by bodom » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:50 am

Welcome Jerry!

:anjali:
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."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: Alberta Canada

Post by Ben » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:52 am

Greetings Jerry and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Thank you for your excellent introduction.
I look forward to your contributions.
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Alberta Canada

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:58 am

Welcome Jerry! Thanks for the intro! :anjali:
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Alberta Canada

Post by retrofuturist » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:40 am

Greetings Jerry,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

Metta,
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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Re: Alberta Canada

Post by cooran » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:47 am

Welcome to the List! :group:

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Alberta Canada

Post by mikenz66 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:00 am

:hello:

Welcome

:anjali:
Mike

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