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Hello from New Orleans USA!

Post by guyfromlouisiana » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:44 pm

Hello everyone!

I'm very happy to have found a vibrant Theravada online community. I have almost entirely used the internet for dukka -- sexual desires, spending money, looking with greed hatred and delusion at the Facebook profiles of my friends and acquaintances. I have the intent to use the internet wisely.

I'm in my early 30s, and I'm a 3rd year medical student in New Orleans USA, my home town. I've been interested in meditation since I was 18, and I've been committed to daily meditation and changing my life though the Buddha's teachings for about one year. I went on my first retreat, with the Insight Meditation teacher Shaila Catherine, last New Year's, and this year I'm doing the same retreat and staying the full eight days instead of leaving after four. It's near Austin, TX.

I just started reading Sharon Salzburg's book on metta, and I am getting to know a Thai monk who lives at a brand new, small Thai Buddhist temple near New Orleans called Wat Wimuttayaram. I also sometimes attend an insight meditation class at an aikido studio on Magazine Street.

I don't know many people in my area who are serious about this practice, so I hope to make friends here!


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Post by mikenz66 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:14 pm

Welcome Guy!



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Post by cooran » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:40 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel, Guy! :group:

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Post by Khalil Bodhi » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:05 pm

Welcome Guy! I have lots of family in New Orleans. Are you at Tulane? Anyway, a warm welcome and I hope you find some useful discussion here.
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Post by jungblood » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:26 pm

Welcome Guy! I look forward to reading your posts...

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Post by DNS » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:41 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


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Post by bodom » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:28 pm

Welcome Guy!

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."

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Post by SarathW » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:18 am

“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Post by retrofuturist » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:24 am

Greetings Guy,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


Retro. :)
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Post by Ben » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:30 am

Hi guy and welcome to DW!
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Post by tiltbillings » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:35 am

Welcome. Sharon Salzburg's books are quite and she is a good teacher.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

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