Greetings from Southern Germany!

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Caldorian
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Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby Caldorian » Mon May 21, 2012 11:54 am

Hi there!

I had been to the the Dhamma Wheel forums several times before, mostly to read the interesting discussions here, but this time I finally decided to register.

I've been practicing the Dhamma for approximately five years now, so one could say that I'm not completely new to Buddhism. (Then again, time is hardly a good measure, is it? :D) Before that time, I had dabbled in Zen but it was not until I had read "What the Buddha Taught" by Ven. W. Rahula that I began to take my practice more seriously and to look for Theravada groups in my region. This way, I found Ayya Khema's "Buddha-Haus" project, which I still feel the strongest connection to. (In fact, I'm looking forward to a 10-day retreat with Ven. Dhammadipa in the Buddha-Haus in June.) In those five years, I have been a member of a private meditation group. In addition, I've been practicing with a local Zen group since the beginning of this year. So, I guess one might say that I found back to Zen, at least partly, although I guess that my Zazen does not really differ from my Vipassana... ;)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to becoming a member (even if only by lurking) in this community. :namaste:

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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby Paul Davy » Mon May 21, 2012 12:09 pm

Greetings Caldorian,

Thanks for the intro and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Alobha
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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby Alobha » Mon May 21, 2012 6:25 pm

Welcome Caldorian!

I think about visiting the Buddha-Haus next year, too. Good to hear that the place is fine and i hope you will enjoy the retreat in June! :smile:

Best wishes,
Alobha

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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby mikenz66 » Mon May 21, 2012 7:16 pm

Welcome!

:hello:

:anjali:

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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby bodom » Mon May 21, 2012 7:21 pm

Welcome Caldorian!

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“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19

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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon May 21, 2012 7:45 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:buddha1:

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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby polarbear101 » Tue May 22, 2012 6:22 am

Hallo und herzlich wilkommen in Dhamma Wheel! Hoffentlich mein Deutsch ist nicht zu schrecklich. Ich habe nur zwei Semestern in Deutschkurs.

:namaste:
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

Caldorian
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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby Caldorian » Tue May 22, 2012 8:04 am

Thank you all for the warm welcome! :smile:

Alobha wrote:Welcome Caldorian!

I think about visiting the Buddha-Haus next year, too. Good to hear that the place is fine and i hope you will enjoy the retreat in June! :smile:

Best wishes,
Alobha


I don't have much to compare it to but I always enjoy my time there. It is clean, well-organized, has a friendly staff, good courses, and the surroundings are just beautiful. You have to get used to the ubiquitous sound of cow bells, however. (It's a good training for noting in Vipassana: "cow bell, cow bell") ;)

polarbuddha101 wrote:Hallo und herzlich wilkommen in Dhamma Wheel! Hoffentlich mein Deutsch ist nicht zu schrecklich. Ich habe nur zwei Semestern in Deutschkurs.

:namaste:


Danke! Nein, es ist sehr gut! :thumbsup:


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