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Finally found you!

Postby Renlaenderin » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:47 pm

Hello everybody, i am extremely pleased to be signed up to this site and able to communicate with you all.

I am very new to Buddhism, and I am very keen to learn as much as possible. For me Buddhism is something i stumbled upon while going about my daily life, and only very recently have i descovered that the Theravada school is something that is almost identical in theory to my own ideas born out of merely thinking about what i consider to be logical.

I have felt for a long time that what i considered to be an intelligent and compassionate way forward was not represented by any established group. I could not have been more wrong! There are many many thingsi wish to learn, and this website i hope will help me to connect to the sangha as it were. I thought this would be one of the more difficult areas of my education, connecting to a community, it seems it may be easier than I thought. Even though I am an English native speaker living in Germany, this website could provide me with the connection i need to go forward.

At present, I can honestly say, there is nothing about the Theravada school that i am not interested in learning, and I am thrilled to have found so many useful and interesting resources and other Theravadins.

It is somewhat difficult to communicate without personal pronouns, as a matter of English :) So i assume for the sake of the community and forum it is normal to talk in these terms. And once again, fondest greetings to you all!

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby Fede » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:52 pm

Welcome, Ren, and I hope you'll find everything of use to you here.

(Forgive the abbreviation of your name...but buddies do that, anyway.....right?) :hello:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby bodom » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:53 pm

Welcome Renlaenderin!

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby reflection » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:04 am

Hi and welcome! :hello:

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:23 am

Hello Renlaenderin,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! Look forward to reading your posts on the forums. :group:

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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: Finally found you!

Postby Alobha » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:33 am

Welcome! :)

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby Ben » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:46 am

Greetings Ren and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
Please feel free to speak in plain English and there is no need to drop personal pronouns.
kind regards,

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

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:35 am


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


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Re: Finally found you!

Postby Renlaenderin » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:33 am

Hello everyone,

Thanks for the warm welcome! You can call me Ren, a lot of people do. I expect i will be spending a lot of time here from now on so when i break away from visiting the family in England you should expect to see me pouring over your thoughts regularly. The last time i was this excited about studying and learning anything was a very very long time ago.

Its beautiful to feel so welcome :)

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:40 am

Greetings Ren,


Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)

Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby Zom » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:23 pm

Hello :anjali:

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:43 pm

To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Finally found you!

Postby Ytrog » Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:00 pm

Welcome :)
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.

mindfulness, bliss and beyond (page 8) wrote:Do not linger on the past. Do not keep carrying around coffins full of dead moments

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