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FrancesB wrote:I am hoping that the Dhamma Wheel will work as a type of sangha for me and look forward to meeting you all.
This is actually quite common, for whatever reason. In my case it's a lack of a local Theravada community, amongst other things.
"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)
"You've got to focus on what's really worthwhile in life, which means resisting a lot of the currents in our culture" (Thanissaro)