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Hello! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by lkearns » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:59 am

Hello,

My name is Luke, I am 18 year old living in Australia; I couldn't say to a point how long I have been practicing and studying various different aspects of buddhism, to a degree it has been present through much of my life, having been born in Singapore with a father who is in Asia for 2 out of 3 weeks since as long as I can recall. Only in the last year and a half have I started practicing seriously (meditating and reading texts for a few hours each day), my life has changed immeasurably since :)

I am in the process of looking for a teacher;
I have monks that I look up to, reading their essays and listening to their talks, but I find that invariably I will run in to technical difficulties when I try and converse with a Youtube video :computerproblem: :lol:

Due to school being particularly intense at the moment (beginning the HSC, New South Wales' ranking system for university entry) I don't have the time on my hands to balance visits to any Temples or centres regularly, so I thought I would ask here if there is anyone that would be willing to provide guidance to me/give me their opinion on queries I may have, online.

Thank you :)

:buddha2:

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Re: Hello! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by retrofuturist » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:05 am

Greetings lkearns,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

I'm sure you'll find that if you pose a specific question in a topic here, or post a link to a video and ask specific questions about it etc. that people will generally respond to it in good faith. Dhamma Wheel has a lot of practitioners, each with a slightly different approach to their practice, so if you throw a question out there, you may get various shades of response in return. Some responses will resonate, some won't... either way, it should be a useful exercise for you and a good means for learning through the community.

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Retro. :)
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Re: Hello! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by DNS » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:08 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Ask away, right here at DW. There are many well-read, knowledgeable members right here and we even have some members who are monks and nuns.

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Re: Hello! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by kmath » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:33 am

David N. Snyder wrote:Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Ask away, right here at DW. There are many well-read, knowledgeable members right here and we even have some members who are monks and nuns.

There was a question asked here:

http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=18901

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Re: Hello! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by Ben » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:09 am

lkearns,

My tradition offers ten-day residential retreats in vipassana meditation on a pure dana basis.
There's a centre in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, two hours by rail west of Sydney:
http://www.bhumi.dhamma.org/

I recommend that you think about attending a course when your HSC is over - in about 4 to 6 weeks.
All the best with your studies.
kind regards,

Ben
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Re: Hello! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by bodom » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:28 am

Welcome Luke!

:anjali:
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! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by lkearns » Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:45 am

Ben wrote:lkearns,

My tradition offers ten-day residential retreats in vipassana meditation on a pure dana basis.
There's a centre in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, two hours by rail west of Sydney:
http://www.bhumi.dhamma.org/

I recommend that you think about attending a course when your HSC is over - in about 4 to 6 weeks.
All the best with your studies.
kind regards,

Ben
Hi Ben,

I'll definitely look in to that, as I have spent my fair share of time living in the mountains over the past 5 years! 5-6 weeks would be nice, but I'm at the other end of the course! another year for me :)

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Re: Hello! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by Ben » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:22 am

Ok, so you're in Year 11. You are one year level under my son's.

If you are interested, VMC Dhamma Bhumi also run courses for teenagers. From memory it is a one day course and they'll teach you the samatha variation of anapana meditation which is useful in developing calm and developing concentration - not bad life skills that could help you with your studies as you approach crunch time in just over a year's time.
kind regards,

Ben
“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

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Re: Hello! Looking for a mentor/guidance...

Post by cooran » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:56 pm

Welcome Luke :group:

With metta
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