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Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby guyfromlouisiana » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:44 pm

Hello everyone!

I'm very happy to have found a vibrant Theravada online community. I have almost entirely used the internet for dukka -- sexual desires, spending money, looking with greed hatred and delusion at the Facebook profiles of my friends and acquaintances. I have the intent to use the internet wisely.

I'm in my early 30s, and I'm a 3rd year medical student in New Orleans USA, my home town. I've been interested in meditation since I was 18, and I've been committed to daily meditation and changing my life though the Buddha's teachings for about one year. I went on my first retreat, with the Insight Meditation teacher Shaila Catherine, last New Year's, and this year I'm doing the same retreat and staying the full eight days instead of leaving after four. It's near Austin, TX.

I just started reading Sharon Salzburg's book on metta, and I am getting to know a Thai monk who lives at a brand new, small Thai Buddhist temple near New Orleans called Wat Wimuttayaram. I also sometimes attend an insight meditation class at an aikido studio on Magazine Street.

I don't know many people in my area who are serious about this practice, so I hope to make friends here!

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:14 pm

Welcome Guy!


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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby cooran » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:40 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel, Guy! :group:

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:05 pm

Welcome Guy! I have lots of family in New Orleans. Are you at Tulane? Anyway, a warm welcome and I hope you find some useful discussion here.
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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby jungblood » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:26 pm

Welcome Guy! I look forward to reading your posts...

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:41 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby bodom » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:28 pm

Welcome Guy!

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 New Orleans USA!

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:24 am

Greetings Guy,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.


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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby Ben » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:30 am

Hi guy and welcome to DW!
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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:35 am

Welcome. Sharon Salzburg's books are quite and she is a good teacher.
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