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Hello from California

Postby Jerrod Lopes » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:20 am

Hello everyone,

My name is Jerrod. I've been practicing in the Theravada tradition for nearly 10 years and am formerly a moderator for another international Theravada forum. It hadn't really occurred to me to look into other forums until very recently. I really enjoy talking about the dhamma, learning and helping others. I am excited to meet some new fellow travelers of the middle path and learn something new. I hope to rejuvenate my practice which has fallen a bit by the wayside. I keep 5 precepts but have gotten away from a regular meditation practice which I will be reimplementing soon as I know for certain what a difference it makes for me. Really looking forward to interacting here.
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Re: Hello from California

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:32 am

Welcome to DW Jerrod! I thought I recognized your name.
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Re: Hello from California

Postby Jerrod Lopes » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:43 am

Hi Khalil. I recall your avatar. Nice to see you. I se eyou'r win NYC? I went to school there and lived over near Bloomfield, NJ. Really miss it back there. Be well my friend and thanks for the reply! :)
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Re: Hello from California

Postby Ben » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:00 am

Hi Jerrod and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
As a matter of interest, which other discussion board were you a moderator at?
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Re: Hello from California

Postby cooran » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:01 am

Hello Jerrod,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :group:

(I'm a member of that 'other' board also. Enjoy reading you therre :smile: )

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Re: Hello from California

Postby Jerrod Lopes » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:27 am

Hi Ben, and thanks for the welcome. To answer your question I was a mod at the Dhammaloka.org site which is run by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. A truly wonderful and inspiring group of lay people and monastics. Alas, all is transient, so here I am. :)

Chris, I thank you as well for the welcome and you compliment. I only hope you haven't read lately, LOL. I hope I'll get the chance to get to know you here. I'll likely still be on the BSWA site but not contributing much there for a while. I'm just going to sit back and watch for a while and keep in touch with the monastics as needs be.

Looking forward to learning here and refreshing my online dhamma experience. Thanks again gentlemen. :smile:
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Re: Hello from California

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:35 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Hello from California

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:18 am

Welcome Jerrod!

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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 California

Postby marc108 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:01 am

Recognize your name from Dhammaloka, welcome to Dhammawheel. Where in Cali are you?
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Re: Hello from California

Postby Bakmoon » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:02 am

Welcome to Dhammawheel, Jerrod! I look forward to seeing you around.
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The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
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Re: Hello from California

Postby Jerrod Lopes » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:48 am

Hey Marc,

I'm in the Stockton area. Where are you at? Thanks for the welcome.
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Re: Hello from California

Postby Jerrod Lopes » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:49 am

Thanks Bakmoon. I hope I'll learn something form you here. Thanks for the welcome.
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Re: Hello from California

Postby marc108 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:36 am

Jerrod Lopes wrote:Hey Marc,

I'm in the Stockton area. Where are you at? Thanks for the welcome.



I live in Sacramento, also oddly enough grew up in NJ :)
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Re: Hello from California

Postby Jerrod Lopes » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:22 pm

marc108 wrote:
Jerrod Lopes wrote:Hey Marc,




I live in Sacramento, also oddly enough grew up in NJ :)


Wow. This is quite interesting. I lived in Montclair, next to Bloomfield/Newark/West Orange... What about you? Maybe one of these days we'll cross paths in person.
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Re: Hello from California

Postby marc108 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:59 pm

Jerrod Lopes wrote:Wow. This is quite interesting. I lived in Montclair, next to Bloomfield/Newark/West Orange... What about you? Maybe one of these days we'll cross paths in person.


i lived in Hillsborough, near princeton. about 45 mins from Montclair :jumping: shoot me a PM anytime
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