Hello Bhante's, Ajaahns and Dhamma Friends

Introduce yourself to others at Dhamma Wheel.
User avatar
James N. Dawson
Posts: 28
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:09 pm
Location: Spokane, Washington, USA

Hello Bhante's, Ajaahns and Dhamma Friends

Postby James N. Dawson » Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:44 pm

I found your forum last fall or winter, and was impressed by the knowledge, intelligence and devotion to the Dhamma of its members. It's the best Theravada interent forum I've seen so far. I particularly enjoy your Dhammic Free-for-All, and am glad others are willing to ask questions I am usually too timid and cautious to myself, and to vicariously engage in such frank discussions.

I have been a Theravadin since age 20, for 30 years. I have gathered on this forum that the term "orthodox" is out of favor among most Theravadins, so I'll describe myself as a "classical" Theravadin, or one with definite classical/orthodox/doctrinal leanings. I believe in literal and physical rebirth and consider this teaching significant in actual practice. It seems to me there are many teachings in the Tipitika that cannot be justified from a strictly rationalist, empiricist, scientific perspective, and at the very least, I take these teachings seriously, and excising or ignoring them seems to lead, for me, to a rather unimpressive teaching and practice. However...

I must give my modernist friends credit for their zeal, discipline and toughness in practicing what the Dhamma as they see it. I could definitely emulate them better in that respect. I still have a massive amount of Dhamma to learn and practice. That's not polite humility, just plain and simple fact. But with all due respect to those who may chide me, I must tighten my own lyre. I'm working on it. Better a crawl than a standstill.

I've recently relocated from California to Washington state, and currently do not have home internet. Partly out of choice, I am thinking of trying to go without it this summer, relying on the public library's. There are many interesting, helpful and wise people on the Web, but I'm afraid it has the tendency to distract me from other important goals I should give more time to. So when I say I may not be conversing with you here very often, it's not meant as a snub. It's just that I don't have the time to do that as much as I'd like to. Also, I don't "think" very well on Net forums----they tend to be too much, too fast for me. I'm a bit slow. I do hope to drop in and contribute now and then.

I publish a very occasional print journal called Dhamma Letters, subtitled: Letters, Essays, Fragments. Critically Orthodox Theravada Buddhist Perspective. Snail mail is usually a much more manageable speed for me. My address: James N. Dawson, P.O. Box 292, Malden, WA 99149.

Does anyone know of any print/postal-mail forums of this one's caliber and analytical depth? One that asks hard questions in the spirit of Milinda Panha? If so, please let me know. Many thanks.

User avatar
Posts: 6202
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:31 pm
Location: Ellan Vannin

Re: Hello Bhante's, Ajaahns and Dhamma Friends

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:08 pm

Hi And welcome to Dhammawheel
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."

User avatar
Site Admin
Posts: 18235
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:49 am
Location: kanamaluka

Re: Hello Bhante's, Ajaahns and Dhamma Friends

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:34 pm

Hi James

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! There is no requirement for our members to log on and contribute all the time, though some of us do spend quite a bit of time here! You are welcome to come and read and contribute whenever it suits you. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated and anticipated.
Unfortunately, I can't help you with a Dhamma-oriented print forum. Perhaps others more knowledgeable than I can assist.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR

e: ben.dhammawheel@gmail.com..

User avatar
Paul Davy
Posts: 16136
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Hello Bhante's, Ajaahns and Dhamma Friends

Postby Paul Davy » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:46 pm

Greetings James,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel, thanks for the introduction and all the best for your practice.


Retro. :)
What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'.
(Snp 3.6)

User avatar
Rui Sousa
Posts: 366
Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:01 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: Hello Bhante's, Ajaahns and Dhamma Friends

Postby Rui Sousa » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:54 pm


Be well and happy.

With Metta

User avatar
David N. Snyder
Site Admin
Posts: 9384
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Re: Hello Bhante's, Ajaahns and Dhamma Friends

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:23 am

James N. Dawson wrote:I found your forum last fall or winter, and was impressed by the knowledge, intelligence and devotion to the Dhamma of its members. It's the best Theravada interent forum I've seen so far.

:thanks: :woohoo:


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

User avatar
Posts: 143
Joined: Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:09 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Hello Bhante's, Ajaahns and Dhamma Friends

Postby Rhino » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:10 pm

Hello and welcome to dhammawheel. :namaste:
With best wishes

Only in a vertical view, straight down into the abyss of his own personal existence, is a man capable of apprehending the perilous insecurity of his situation; and only a man who does apprehend this is prepared to listen to the Buddha's Teaching.
Nanavira Thera - Notes on Dhamma

Return to “Introductions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine