Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

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Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Postby Dharmapala » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:14 am

Hi,

Thought it would be right to introduce myself as just registered today.

My name is Jon, I am 37 years old and live in Wellington, New Zealand.

I have been interested in Buddhism, ever since I first started to practice, martial arts, which has been my hobby on and off, since I was 14 years old.

Over the years I have travelled, throughout, Thailand, China and made other trips to Laos, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam etc.

I am mostly a practitioner of Thai Theravada (Dhammayut) and have supported our local temples here for over 10 years, I sometimes do charity and community work with my wife, who is heavily into, traditional Thai dance and part of ET-NZ (Educate Thai New Zealand) which is a non-profit organisation, which helps continue and uphold Thai culture (dance, language etc) here.

Over the years I have studied on a lot of subjects, first pertaining to martial arts and then later on more into philosophy/religion and also the occult (Thai saiyasat, wicha, etc). I also am studying, Thai animist rituals etc, just in relation to anthropology and general interest.

I am mostly here to further my studies into Pali, Vipassana meditation and general knowledge.

Thanks and Sadhu

Jon D.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:17 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:36 am

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Re: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Postby Mkoll » Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:37 am

Hi Dharmapala,

Welcome to the forum!

:hello:
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Re: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Postby cooran » Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:32 am

Hello Dharmapala,

Welcome to DhammaWheel - good to have another kiwi! :group:

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Re: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:04 am

Welcome!

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Re: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Postby BlackBird » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:18 am

Hey mate. Fellow Kiwi here. Do you visit Bodhinyanarama in stokes valley much? I have stayed there for a couple of months in the past 7 years, its a very nice spot for practice.
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta

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Re: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Postby Dharmapala » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:59 pm

BlackBird wrote:Hey mate. Fellow Kiwi here. Do you visit Bodhinyanarama in stokes valley much? I have stayed there for a couple of months in the past 7 years, its a very nice spot for practice.


I know the monastery well, but I usually go and visit, Wat Dhammaprateep, which is situated in Wainiuomata. I think they are going to be moving soon and sad to say, Wat Dhammakaya is growing in popularity and influence and a lot of people from our temple have seemed to have joined.

Jon

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Postby Ben » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:27 pm

Hi Jon and welcome to DW!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Postby James the Giant » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:33 am

Hello Dharmapala, I'm a kiwi too, lived in Welly for a few years, but I'm in Australia now.
Dharmapala wrote:...Wat Dhammaprateep, which is situated in Wainiuomata. I think they are going to be moving soon and sad to say,...

Where will their new place be? It would be nice if they could have somewhere with a bit of bush and seclusion.
The new Sri Lankan monastery has just opened up near Wainuiomata too, down Coast Road.
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Re: Sadhu from New Zealand (intro)

Postby bodom » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:30 pm

Welcome!

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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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