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Hello from New Zealand

Post by mikenz66 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:39 pm

Hello to all the old an new friends out there... :group:

I've been Buddhist for about three years, since I wandered into my local Thai Wat (a branch of a Wat Nak Prok in Bangkok) in an effort to improve my Thai. My Thai is still pretty poor, but my Dhamma is improving.

We have, off and on, a couple of monks who speak good enough English to teach Dhamma in English (they originate from Bangladesh and the US) and meditation here follows the Mahasi Sayadaw approach, though I have done a couple of retreats and some workshops using other methods, particularly during a sojourn based in Hong Kong that took up most of 2007. Righ now I'm a week out from a two-week retreat where I stayed at the Wat over New Year :meditate: and am starting to miss the clarity that has now faded somewhat... It is an interesting coincidence that this board started up while I was "away"...

Much of my in-depth study has been based on Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations (and co-translations) of the Nikayas and his incredible in-depth talks.
See the Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48054011290" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
And the anthology In the Buddha's Words: http://wisdompubs.org/Pages/display.lasso?-KeyValue=104" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
which is what really oriented me in the Suttas. :reading:


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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Post by bodom » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:45 pm

Welcome! Its good to see familiar faces here.

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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with regard to the six media of contact,
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Post by Dhammanando » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:23 pm

Hi Mike,

Good to see you around. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu

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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Post by Ben » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:26 pm

Welcome Mike
I'm so happy you could be with us.

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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Post by genkaku » Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:09 pm

Hi Mike. Pull up a chair (or cushion) and stay a while. :)

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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Post by retrofuturist » Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:49 am

Greetings Mike!


Retro. :)
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Post by cooran » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:47 am

Hello Mike,

Draw up a log, and let's boil the Billy. :smile:

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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Post by DNS » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:22 pm

Hi Mike,

Good to see you here!


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