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Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby Raga Mala » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:21 am

Hi folks,

My name is Justin, I'm a twenty-year-old lay Theravadin Buddhist from Anchorage, AK. I'm sa frequent participant over at E-Sangha, and I think I will find this forum an incredible resource as well!

I am a member of Wat Alaska Yanna Vararam, a Dhammayut Thai Temple in Anchorage, I've been practicing and studying Buddhism for a bit over four years now...definitely no expert!

Outside of the Dhamma, my interests are music (majoring in opera at university), cooking, foreign languages, theatre, law/history...main hobbies (outside of constant rehearsals and performances) are road-tripping all over Alaska and cigars (my vice).

"Dhamma is the best thing for people, both in this life and in the next!" -The Buddha, from the Agganna Sutta

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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:22 am

Greetings Justin,

Lovely to see you here and thanks for the intro!

If I'm counting correctly, you're our 3rd Alaskan member.

Yes, there's certainly no reason people can't be involved in and gain benefit from multiple fora... I still pop into E-Sangha for a look when I get a chance every now and then.

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

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Retro. :)
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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: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby Raga Mala » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:26 am

Oh and if I may, I'd like to shamelessly advertise my blog, which is an account of my attempts to drive every single Alaskan highway by August 31st, 2010.

http://jbirchell.wordpress.com/

Read and enjoy!

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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:28 am

If the scenery is all like that, I can understand the motivation!

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:36 am

Welcome Raga Mala
Its about time you found us!

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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby alan » Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:28 am

Greetings. I hope you said "Thanks but No Thanks to that bridge to nowhere"!

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Postby Cittasanto » Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:16 am

Hi And welcome,
I will not be here for a few weeks but hope to converse when I get back
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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby Mawkish1983 » Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:21 am

Hi :)

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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:31 am

now you can join in the study group yippie!
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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby BlackBird » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:03 am

Welcome friend

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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: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:28 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby zavk » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:58 am

Hello and welcome!
With metta,
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Re: Alaskan Buddhist Says Hello!

Postby Vardali » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:23 am

Welcome and have fun here :)


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