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Greetings from Minnesota

Postby alex.derringer » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:36 pm

My name is Alex and I'm a Computer Science major :geek: at a university in southwest Minnesota, USA. I have been moving towards Buddhism for a while now, but have only recently become more interested in studying and practicing seriously. I'm glad I found this forum and hope to learn a great deal from being able to discuss my questions with others. I'm not usually one for introductions, so I'm not sure what else to say besides hello. :)
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Re: Greetings from Minnesota

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:42 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Greetings from Minnesota

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:44 pm

Welcome. Southwest MN? Marshall?
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
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Re: Greetings from Minnesota

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:45 pm

Welcome aboard Alex! :hello:
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Re: Greetings from Minnesota

Postby Ben » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:10 am

Hi Alex,
And welcome to Dhammawheel!
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Re: Greetings from Minnesota

Postby alex.derringer » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:06 pm

Thanks for the kind greetings everyone. :)

tiltbillings wrote:Southwest MN? Marshall?

Yeah. I'm a senior at SMSU in Marshall.
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Re: Greetings from Minnesota

Postby cooran » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:54 am

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group:

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Re: Greetings from Minnesota

Postby bodom » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:22 pm

Welcome Alex!

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 from Minnesota

Postby 3ball » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:33 am

Alex, Have you had a chance to visit Bhante Sathi in Mankato? He's a great teacher! I'm with the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center.
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