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Hello from Sydney

Postby Christian » Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:46 am

Hello all,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself here.

I have been a 'Buddhist' for several years but this year my practice has kinda disappeared. Having been emotionally (and physically) tested lately by the world, I am trying to build my practice back up so I can deal with some of the anger that I seem to be harboring (or 'Turbocharging' as Firefox's spell checker prompted me with, strangely apt.)

I have spent a bit of time at a Sangha for the Vajrajyan tradition, but the practitioners there were fiercely secular, which is perfectly fine but I am a more spiritual person and needed a deeper connection, which led me to a Plum Village Sangha where I have only been once, but conversed with them online a few times (the guy who set the Sangha up is a good friend.)

I'm definitely not tied to any particular tradition and wish to obtain what I can from any one of them.

Anyway, thats my brief introduction. Don't let my name throw you, I am a non-Christian Christian. :)

Thanks.

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:50 am

Greetings non-Christian Christian,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

Metta,
Retro. :)
"When we transcend one level of truth, the new level becomes what is true for us. The previous one is now false. What one experiences may not be what is experienced by the world in general, but that may well be truer. (Ven. Nanananda)

“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

Never again...

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby Christian » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:36 am

Thank you. :namaste:

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Kim OHara
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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:27 am

Hi, Christian,
Another Aussie! :jumping:
Actually, there are a few of us here ... and a lot of people from other places too (see map at foot of Home page).
You will find quite a range of viewpoints, too, but most of us are pretty tolerant of differences.

:namaste:
Kim

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby manas » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:45 am

Gday Christian,

A 'Cooee' from Melbourne! :hello: Yes, it is raining here as I speak...my back yard has pond-sized puddles in it...

Don't worry about being non-sectarian. I suspect quite a few of us are here also, myself included. Sometimes I even border on heretical (ok just kidding about that one). :P

Hope you find Dhamma wheel fun and informative!

kind regards,
manas :anjali:

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby cooran » Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:38 am

G'day and welcome :group: - from Brisbane.

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby bodom » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:31 am

Welcome Christian!

: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 Sydney

Postby Ben » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:27 pm

Greetings Christian and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
I grew up in Sydney - I have fond memories of the place.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby Christian » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:30 am

Thank you for the welcomes, everybody.

Hopefully I can offer something to the community in time, right now though, just lurking a little bit. :) :coffee:

I love just reading your welcomes, it makes me feel a lot better. I have a lot of anger at the moment and simply visiting this site lets me just let some go.

Thanks again!

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby Ben » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:59 am

No worries.
Enjoy the lurking!
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR

e: ben.dhammawheel@gmail.com..

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:09 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:buddha2:

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby Alobha » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:29 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel Christian! :smile:

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Re: Hello from Sydney

Postby waimengwan » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:18 am

Welcome to awesome discussions on Dhamma Wheel :)


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