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Hey from London, UK

Postby BobbyC » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:22 pm

Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd introduce myself and tell you guys a little bit about myself: I never really considered myself belonging to a religion despite being raised a Catholic. At school I studied all other religions except Buddhism (no idea why!). So last year I took it upon myself to change this and bought a couple of books. And I was completely drawn in! I actually never thought that I'd belong to a religion and take all the beliefs wholeheartedly, but that's exactly what happened. I'm by no means well versed in all the teachings and aspects, but I hope to be one day! And I'm already learning a lot from the posts on this forum. I was initially able to attend some classes and a temple, but an injury/disability prevents me from doing so now. So I hope I fit in well in this community :)
Think that's enough about me now. Thanks for reading!

With Metta,

Bobby

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Re: Hey from London, UK

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:37 pm

:hello:

Hi Bobby,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Hey from London, UK

Postby Fede » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:38 pm

hello Bobby...From a fellow UK resident, I'm happy to meet you...
I too left behind a strong and extremely influential and all-encompassing RC background.
I never encountered hostility or opposition, neither did anyone condemn me or judge me, or even criticise my steering towards a different path.
So everything was - and still is - quite cool, with me and my RC family.

Funny though, that you should use the phrase being drawn in...
Many, many years ago, when I was relatively new to my Buddhist path, and was as yet virtually completely ignorant of most things Buddhist (a situation many would argue hasn't changed much! :lol: ) I went into a shop selling purely religious literature, and finally found a shelf with just three Buddhist books on it.
One was a book by John Snelling, ('The Elements of Buddhism') and so glad was I to have found it, that I simply had to have it.
As I went to pay for it, the young girl behind the counter said to me "Don't get sucked in, will you?"
I wish I could say that I came back with a suitably "put-downish"retort, but I simply didn't know what to say, so I just smiled, and said "Opps! Too late!" probably for the best, as I can now confidently say. Althoughn at the time, I was just dying to give her a verbal slap in the face.....! :stirthepot: (Bad girl, bad!)

I have never ever regretted being "sucked in"....
I'm confident your being 'drawn in' will be equally satisfying!

Nice to meetcha!
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Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Hey from London, UK

Postby bodom » Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:55 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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Re: Hey from London, UK

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:12 pm

H Bobby
And welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Hey from London, UK

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:13 pm

Greetings Bobby,

BobbyC wrote:I was completely drawn in! I actually never thought that I'd belong to a religion and take all the beliefs wholeheartedly, but that's exactly what happened.


Yep, I can relate to that.

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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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)


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


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Re: Hey from London, UK

Postby BobbyC » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:32 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome guys :D

It's nice to see that I share a similar experience with you Fede. My family and friends have also been very supportive of my decision - although when I began discussing elements of Buddhism with them I think they began to change their minds and developed headaches!! :lol: My friends aren't religous so much, but are still fairly supportive. Although they tend to lead...less than advisable lifestyles? I think I can still learn from this though and it makes me stronger in my resolve.
I'm surprised the girl warned you about getting sucked in. As, like you, I thoroughly enjoyed getting sucked in - and do even more with every book I read! Although I do remember one of my friends asking me when I told her I was Buddhist "Does that mean you' can't have fun anymore...?"
Despite having read a lot, I still consider myself a real novice, but I hope to have learned enough to get involved in some of the philosophical discussions you guys have on here. There's nothing better than giving your faith a good spin :D

Metta,

Bobby

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Re: Hey from London, UK

Postby rowyourboat » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:41 pm

Hi Welcome! I'm from London UK myself. I think you will find dhamma wheel a great resource!
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