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Post by M.Seiffert » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:37 am

My name is Mike(18) and i have been a general buddhist (curious) for about 2, maybe 3, years. Theravada, especially Modern Theravada (I call it Root Theravada... at least that's what I consider it) has recently caught my eye through the accesstoinsight website.

Prior to being an informal buddhist (haven't taken refuge) i was a Christian, which is also the reason I have not taken refuge since my family is strict catholic it is a little hard to come out openly at the moment. I am also a firm believer to not take something at face value so while I was mostly interested in Buddhism I have also looked into everything from Asatru to Zoastrianism and everything in between.

So yea... hey lol.

If you have any questions shoot.

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Post by retrofuturist » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:41 am

Greetings Mike,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


I look forward to your involvement in discussions.

Retro. :)
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Post by BlackBird » Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:00 am

Hi there Mike

Welcome aboard

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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Post by zavk » Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:21 am

Welcome Mike.
With metta,

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Post by Cittasanto » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:21 am

Hi Mike
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

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Post by DNS » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:31 pm


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Post by Fede » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:14 pm

Do I take it that admitting to being Buddhist, is akin to 'coming out of the closet' in your neck of the woods?
Which would be worse?

Welcome to the in-place to be...! :hello:
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Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Post by Ben » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:19 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel Mike!
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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Post by Vardali » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:11 am

Welcome from me too :)


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