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matais
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Hello!

Post by matais » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:46 am

Hi Dhamma Wheel,
I already registered some time ago, but haven't gotten around to doing any posting yet. Time to change that.
So, what to say? About 3 years ago I first seriously read about Buddhism. Though this began as just a cursory interest, it quickly became more serious as I encountered a body of thought unlike any religion or philosophy I encountered before. Up to then, I had considered suffering to be just another fact of life, not worthy of much thought, and when I did think about it, I'd blame perceived inherent qualities of myself or the world for whatever pain I felt. Buddhism opened my eyes to a different way of viewing suffering: not self-made, not world-made, but action-made, dependent on impermanent conditions, and therefore changeable, escapeable.
Soon after I converted, making the resolution to keep the 5 precepts. Since then I've broken them many times, but I keep trying, and as my understanding of the teachings progresses, keeping the precepts becomes easier and less of a struggle.

To this day though, I've never set foot in a buddhist temple/monastery, and haven't even spoken with a buddhist offline. Even online, my contact with other buddhists has been incidental and limited. Having nobody to discuss the path with means I'm stuck with my own delusions, hampering my progress. I've joined your forum hoping to change this, hoping to benefit from your insights, and hoping that my own contributions will be of use.
I've been visiting this forum for a few months now, and am impressed by the obvious culture of civility and respect here. I'm used to a far more confrontational form of discussion, so posting here will be quite a change from my normal approach. I'll endeavour to be civil and respectful always, but old habits will undoubtedly show themselves. When they do, please forgive me.

That is all for now. I'm looking forward to posting more soon!

All the best,
Matais

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Re: Hello!

Post by reflection » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:06 pm

Welcome!

As a suggestion: Perhaps you could post where you live so you can come into contact with other practitioners locally.

With metta,
Reflection

matais
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Re: Hello!

Post by matais » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:10 pm

reflection wrote:Welcome!

As a suggestion: Perhaps you could post where you live so you can come into contact with other practitioners locally.

With metta,
Reflection
Hi Reflection,
I'm from the Netherlands. I feel uncomfortable being more precise than that though.

All the best,
Matais

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Re: Hello!

Post by Alobha » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:25 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel Matais!
This is a good opportunity to get in touch with some other buddhists, hope you enjoy your time here. :smile:

Best wishes,
Alobha

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Re: Hello!

Post by cooran » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:16 pm

Welcome! look forward to reading more from you Matais! :group:
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Re: Hello!

Post by DNS » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:55 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Post by bodom » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:16 am

Welcome Matais!

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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: Hello!

Post by Ben » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:59 am

Greetings Matais and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
“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

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Post by Khalil Bodhi » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:07 am

Welcome to DW Matais! :group:
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Post by waimengwan » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:10 am

Welcome Matais :) hope you find much dhamma here.

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Post by Dallas » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:17 am

Welcome to the forum! New here myself, so hopefully we'll both find what we seek.
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Re: Hello!

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:48 am

Greetings Matais,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel and thanks for the intro.

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Retro. :)
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