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Greetings Dhamma Friends!

Postby Ferox » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:15 am

Hello all,

Joe D(aka Ferox) here from New Jersey,USA, glad to be here and looking forward to exploring the dhamma with you all. I'm a 33 year old lay disciple and I took the refuge and precepts near on five years ago on vesak 2008 although I'd suspect like most I've come to feel that I was a Buddhist my whole life and didn't realize it until I found Buddhism and in particular Theravada.

I work for child protective services in my state and recently started my own photography business. I don't have a real life sangha close to me( I visit NJ Buddhist Vihara in Princeton which is an hour from me, Bodhi Monastery which is about two hours, and Bhavana Society in West Virginia which is 5 hours) and I'm the only Buddhist I know in my daily life. I am a member of the virtual sangha of "The Buddha Center" on the virtual online world Second Life(as Ferox) and I do some work there.

my practice has increased and progressed over the years, I started meditating almost 10 years ago however I would say I never really put in the practice and started to "get anywhere" until the last year. I've started going to meditation retreats(3 day at Bodhi Monastery and 5 day at Bhavana Society) and through real life and virtual world contact with monastics and teachers I feel I am on the right path. for a few years now there has been a growing feeling inside of me towards entering the homeless life and as the years have gone by the pull only gets stronger, I feel at this point that it is inevitable I will enter into the homeless life and it's more a question as to when then if. That is one topic I hope to explore with all of you here, among many others.


once again, great to be here and I look forward to meeting everyone.
-just one more being treading the ancient path of Dhamma-
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Re: Greetings Dhamma Friends!

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:24 am

Hi Joe
Thanks for the great intro and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
I hope you find here some inspiration and wise companionship!
with metta,

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Re: Greetings Dhamma Friends!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:51 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings Dhamma Friends!

Postby Hickersonia » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:54 am

Very good to meet you! :)
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Re: Greetings Dhamma Friends!

Postby dhamma_newb » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:57 am

Welcome Joe! :hello:
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Re: Greetings Dhamma Friends!

Postby cooran » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:36 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

with metta
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Re: Greetings Dhamma Friends!

Postby bodom » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:01 pm

Welcome Joe!

:namaste:
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: Greetings Dhamma Friends!

Postby Ytrog » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:01 am

Welcome joe :hello:
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