Hello from Pennsylvania.

Introduce yourself to others at Dhamma Wheel.
Post Reply
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:55 am

Hello from Pennsylvania.

Post by Skribble » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:46 pm

Hello everyone. My name is john, i am 26 and i have been reading and learning about buddhism for about the past five years. Lately my life has become incredibly stressful due to health problems with my mother. She cares for my handicapped sister and since her health problems began a few months ago has been un able to care for my sister any more. I live far from them and try to help as much as i can, as do a few other family members. But things are just falling apart and soon i fair that there will be no one to care for my sister and also that the stress of all this will cause my mothers health to decline. This has all been weighing on me heavily and my anger/depression is very intense to say the least. I actually woke up this morning and got online to find a temple near my home so that i could find a teacher to help me learn how to deal with how these issues affect me. But there are no temples within 75 miles of me. But i did find this place. And maybe its a good place to start. At the very least it feels good to vent a little. Im sorry that i didnt find this site when i was in better spirits. But i am glad i found it.

User avatar
Posts: 18442
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:49 am
Location: kanamaluka

Re: Hello from Pennsylvania.

Post by Ben » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:59 pm

Greetings John and welcome to Dhammawheel.
I am sorry for the situation that you find yourself in.
Certainly do what you can to assist your family, but whatever you do, be sure to look after yourself. That means, but no means limited to, Dhamma practice. I hope that during this turbulent time it will be your rock and anchor.
Don't be afraid to ask your extended family for assistance. I also recommend that you research (if you haven't already done so) for support groups, networks, and whether there is some available institutional care and government subsidy.
Wishing you all the best,

“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.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR

e: ben.dhammawheel@gmail.com..

User avatar
Posts: 6552
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin

Re: Hello from Pennsylvania.

Post by Cittasanto » Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:12 pm

Welcome Aboard John :hello:
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
John Stuart Mill

User avatar
Posts: 5877
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Re: Hello from Pennsylvania.

Post by bodom » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:10 pm

Welcome John and i hope things turn around for the better for you and your mom soon!

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

User avatar
Posts: 8504
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:32 pm
Location: Queensland, Australia

Re: Hello from Pennsylvania.

Post by cooran » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:09 pm

Welcome John - I hope we can be of support in your practice. :group: Not knowing the community resources available where your mother and sister live, I can only second Ben's post.

with metta :group:
---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 ---

User avatar
Posts: 15230
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:37 am
Location: New Zealand

Re: Hello from Pennsylvania.

Post by mikenz66 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:15 pm

Welcome John,

If you have not tried this directory yet, it might be worth a look:
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 10931
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Re: Hello from Pennsylvania.

Post by DNS » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:25 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 16 guests