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Matthew56
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Hello from Oxford

Postby Matthew56 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:36 am

Hello all!

My name's Matthew, I've been interested in Buddhism for about 7-8 years, but only focused on the Theravada Tradition and got serious about meditation in the last year. As a resident of Oxford I have the good fortune of attending the Oxford Buddha Vihara (http://www.oxfordbuddhavihara.org.uk/obv_eng/index.php) and learning from the lay Sangha and the Sangha of monks there, led by the abbot Dr.Khammai Dhammasami.
I've been lurking here for awhile, enjoying and learning from the variety of perspectives, experience and knowledge the Dhamma Wheel Sangha provides, so thought it time to say "hello" and thank you for this great resource!

Best wishes,

Matthew

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Khalil Bodhi
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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:45 am

Welcome Matthew! I look forward to your contributions!
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: Hello from Oxford

Postby bodom » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:42 pm

Welcome Matthew!

:anjali:
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: Hello from Oxford

Postby Alobha » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:04 pm

Welcome Matthew! :smile:

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby cooran » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:34 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group:

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:42 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:buddha1:

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby TravisGM » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:37 pm

Welcome
:)
To be happy...

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:32 am

Greetings Matthew,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Retro. :)
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

"If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good." - Thomas J. Watson

Never again...

Matthew56
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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby Matthew56 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:20 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:24 am

Welcome!

With metta

Matheesha
With Metta

Karuna
Mudita
& Upekkha

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby waimengwan » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:47 pm

Welcome Matt hope you have a great stay!


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