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Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby Caldorian » Mon May 21, 2012 11:54 am

Hi there!

I had been to the the Dhamma Wheel forums several times before, mostly to read the interesting discussions here, but this time I finally decided to register.

I've been practicing the Dhamma for approximately five years now, so one could say that I'm not completely new to Buddhism. (Then again, time is hardly a good measure, is it? :D) Before that time, I had dabbled in Zen but it was not until I had read "What the Buddha Taught" by Ven. W. Rahula that I began to take my practice more seriously and to look for Theravada groups in my region. This way, I found Ayya Khema's "Buddha-Haus" project, which I still feel the strongest connection to. (In fact, I'm looking forward to a 10-day retreat with Ven. Dhammadipa in the Buddha-Haus in June.) In those five years, I have been a member of a private meditation group. In addition, I've been practicing with a local Zen group since the beginning of this year. So, I guess one might say that I found back to Zen, at least partly, although I guess that my Zazen does not really differ from my Vipassana... ;)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to becoming a member (even if only by lurking) in this community. :namaste:
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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby retrofuturist » Mon May 21, 2012 12:09 pm

Greetings Caldorian,

Thanks for the intro and 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: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby Alobha » Mon May 21, 2012 6:25 pm

Welcome Caldorian!

I think about visiting the Buddha-Haus next year, too. Good to hear that the place is fine and i hope you will enjoy the retreat in June! :smile:

Best wishes,
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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby mikenz66 » Mon May 21, 2012 7:16 pm

Welcome!

:hello:

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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby bodom » Mon May 21, 2012 7:21 pm

Welcome Caldorian!

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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: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon May 21, 2012 7:45 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby polarbuddha101 » Tue May 22, 2012 6:22 am

Hallo und herzlich wilkommen in Dhamma Wheel! Hoffentlich mein Deutsch ist nicht zu schrecklich. Ich habe nur zwei Semestern in Deutschkurs.

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Re: Greetings from Southern Germany!

Postby Caldorian » Tue May 22, 2012 8:04 am

Thank you all for the warm welcome! :smile:

Alobha wrote:Welcome Caldorian!

I think about visiting the Buddha-Haus next year, too. Good to hear that the place is fine and i hope you will enjoy the retreat in June! :smile:

Best wishes,
Alobha


I don't have much to compare it to but I always enjoy my time there. It is clean, well-organized, has a friendly staff, good courses, and the surroundings are just beautiful. You have to get used to the ubiquitous sound of cow bells, however. (It's a good training for noting in Vipassana: "cow bell, cow bell") ;)

polarbuddha101 wrote:Hallo und herzlich wilkommen in Dhamma Wheel! Hoffentlich mein Deutsch ist nicht zu schrecklich. Ich habe nur zwei Semestern in Deutschkurs.

:namaste:


Danke! Nein, es ist sehr gut! :thumbsup:
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