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Hello from Oxford

Postby Matthew56 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:36 am

Hello all!

My name's Matthew, I've been interested in Buddhism for about 7-8 years, but only focused on the Theravada Tradition and got serious about meditation in the last year. As a resident of Oxford I have the good fortune of attending the Oxford Buddha Vihara (http://www.oxfordbuddhavihara.org.uk/obv_eng/index.php) and learning from the lay Sangha and the Sangha of monks there, led by the abbot Dr.Khammai Dhammasami.
I've been lurking here for awhile, enjoying and learning from the variety of perspectives, experience and knowledge the Dhamma Wheel Sangha provides, so thought it time to say "hello" and thank you for this great resource!

Best wishes,

Matthew
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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:45 am

Welcome Matthew! I look forward to your contributions!
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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby bodom » Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:42 pm

Welcome Matthew!

:anjali:
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 Oxford

Postby Alobha » Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:04 pm

Welcome Matthew! :smile:
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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby cooran » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:34 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group:

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:42 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby TravisGM » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:37 pm

Welcome
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To be happy...
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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:32 am

Greetings Matthew,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

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: Hello from Oxford

Postby Matthew56 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:20 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome
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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby rowyourboat » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:24 am

Welcome!

With metta

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With Metta

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Re: Hello from Oxford

Postby waimengwan » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:47 pm

Welcome Matt hope you have a great stay!
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