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Hello from Virginia

Post by fearandloving » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:32 am

Hello to all! My name is Mathew, and in looking through some of the topics being discussed here I'm thrilled about looking through them more, and in having the ability to ask questions pertaining to modern day situations that I may not be able to find relevant answers to in texts. I have been practicing Buddhism for almost 4 years, with my initial interest mainly being in Tibetan Buddhism. What began to change my persuasion was being gifted a plane ticket out to California to spend ten days at Wat Metta. And, wow. I have since read and listened to so much of Thanissaro Bhikku's wisdom and it has changed my life more than any amount of mantras or visualizing deitys ever did. I must admit I do still hold a fascination for Tibetan traditions, and I attend a chanting class every so often. Anyways, I suppose they both have their value. I've just left a very intense 2 year relationship which kept me distracted and distraught, very often to the point of apathy, and now I hope to begin again my devotion to Dharma with a renewed zeal!
Anyone else on the East Coast?

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Re: Hello from Virginia

Post by Ben » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:39 am

Hi Matthew,
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! I hope you find here some inspiration and noble companionship.
And to answer your question - I am near the east coast.
That is - near the east coast of Tasmania!
More seriously, you'll find that a number of our members live on the Atlantic seaboard of the US.
kind regards,

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Hello from Virginia

Post by retrofuturist » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:57 am

Greetings Mathew,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


Retro. :)
"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)

"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: Hello from Virginia

Post by DNS » Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:02 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello from Virginia

Post by cooran » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:26 am

Hello Matthew,

Welcome to DhammaWheel :group:

with metta
---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: Hello from Virginia

Post by ricebowl » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:32 pm

Hellow Matthew

I am new here too, a warm welcome to you, and hello to everybody :namaste:

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