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Hello from Louisiana!

Postby yombuddy » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:50 am

The Saints won the Superbowl last Sunday, Hell froze over as predicted, and some of the snow seems to have spilled over onto north Louisiana. We were up to our, uh, ankles in snow today.

I am an upasaka at Wat Buddha Samakee Vanaram in Bossier City, across the Red River from Shreveport. The Wat is Thai, and in the Dhammayuta tradition. It is more a Thai expatriate community center than anything else - Buddhist because Thais are Buddhist. There is no educational program for Thais or falangs (Westerners), and the abbot speaks very little English, as do most of the monks who pass through. Congregational conversations are in Thai and Lao, and nobody bothers to translate into English. The Dhamma talk is meditation time for me as I don't speak Thai.

I love the place anyway. The people are great, and I have formed close relationships with some of the monks, despite the language problem. However, they all decline to take me as a student because they do not have confidence in their English ability. So I read and listen to net lectures by various teachers. My favorite is Thanissaro Bhikkhu. I stayed a few weeks at Wat Metta to hear him and talk in person. I intend to go back for a stay this summer.

I am old enough to have been in the Rochester Zen Center when Philip Kapleau was roshi, but have found my way to Theravada since then. My Pali is weak but improving. I can parrot enough Pali to lead the Morning Chanting for the congregation and join the monks in Evening Chanting when I get a chance. I aim to learn it as a language, that is, gain reading ability. I have a little Latin (less Greek), which is a help with Pali.

I lead a meditation/learning group in Shreveport. We call it the Falang Corner since we all sit in the same corner when attending the Wat, and the group is an extension of Wat. I hope there are some on this forum more experienced that I in leading such a group (it wouldn't take much, I have never done this before). We are still feeling our way into what we will become.

I look forward to conversations on this forum!

Namo tassa ...

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Re: Hello from Louisiana!

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:26 am

Greetings Yombuddy,

Thank you for the detailed introduction and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


I hope you enjoy reading and typing in English, with others who can read and speak your language.

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Re: Hello from Louisiana!

Postby bodom » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:25 am


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 Louisiana!

Postby Ben » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:15 am

Hi Yombuddy

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel. I wish you every success with your Dhamma activities!

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loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Hello from Louisiana!

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:01 pm


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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