Introduce yourself to others at Dhamma Wheel.
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:04 am


Postby matais » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:46 am

Hi Dhamma Wheel,
I already registered some time ago, but haven't gotten around to doing any posting yet. Time to change that.
So, what to say? About 3 years ago I first seriously read about Buddhism. Though this began as just a cursory interest, it quickly became more serious as I encountered a body of thought unlike any religion or philosophy I encountered before. Up to then, I had considered suffering to be just another fact of life, not worthy of much thought, and when I did think about it, I'd blame perceived inherent qualities of myself or the world for whatever pain I felt. Buddhism opened my eyes to a different way of viewing suffering: not self-made, not world-made, but action-made, dependent on impermanent conditions, and therefore changeable, escapeable.
Soon after I converted, making the resolution to keep the 5 precepts. Since then I've broken them many times, but I keep trying, and as my understanding of the teachings progresses, keeping the precepts becomes easier and less of a struggle.

To this day though, I've never set foot in a buddhist temple/monastery, and haven't even spoken with a buddhist offline. Even online, my contact with other buddhists has been incidental and limited. Having nobody to discuss the path with means I'm stuck with my own delusions, hampering my progress. I've joined your forum hoping to change this, hoping to benefit from your insights, and hoping that my own contributions will be of use.
I've been visiting this forum for a few months now, and am impressed by the obvious culture of civility and respect here. I'm used to a far more confrontational form of discussion, so posting here will be quite a change from my normal approach. I'll endeavour to be civil and respectful always, but old habits will undoubtedly show themselves. When they do, please forgive me.

That is all for now. I'm looking forward to posting more soon!

All the best,

User avatar
Posts: 1116
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:27 pm

Re: Hello!

Postby reflection » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:06 pm


As a suggestion: Perhaps you could post where you live so you can come into contact with other practitioners locally.

With metta,

Posts: 16
Joined: Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:04 am

Re: Hello!

Postby matais » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:10 pm

reflection wrote:Welcome!

As a suggestion: Perhaps you could post where you live so you can come into contact with other practitioners locally.

With metta,

Hi Reflection,
I'm from the Netherlands. I feel uncomfortable being more precise than that though.

All the best,

User avatar
Posts: 565
Joined: Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:27 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Hello!

Postby Alobha » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:25 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel Matais!
This is a good opportunity to get in touch with some other buddhists, hope you enjoy your time here. :smile:

Best wishes,

User avatar
Posts: 8463
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:32 pm
Location: Queensland, Australia

Re: Hello!

Postby cooran » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:16 pm

Welcome! look forward to reading more from you Matais! :group:
---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 ---

User avatar
David N. Snyder
Site Admin
Posts: 9650
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:15 am
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Re: Hello!

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:55 pm


Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!


User avatar
Posts: 5292
Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:18 pm
Location: San Antonio, Texas

Re: Hello!

Postby bodom » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:16 am

Welcome Matais!

It’s only meditation when there are two minds:
Knowing-noting mind and observing mind.
If there is only one mind, ‘I’ is always there.
The object is not the dhamma,
The dhamma is the mind
That is being aware.

- Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw

User avatar
Posts: 18442
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:49 am
Location: kanamaluka

Re: Hello!

Postby Ben » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:59 am

Greetings Matais and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
“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..

User avatar
Khalil Bodhi
Posts: 2177
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:32 pm
Location: NYC

Re: Hello!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:07 am

Welcome to DW Matais! :group:
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

Uposatha Observance Club:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148031379279&v=info
My Practice Blog:

User avatar
Posts: 159
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:22 am

Re: Hello!

Postby waimengwan » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:10 am

Welcome Matais :) hope you find much dhamma here.

User avatar
Posts: 14
Joined: Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:12 am

Re: Hello!

Postby Dallas » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:17 am

Welcome to the forum! New here myself, so hopefully we'll both find what we seek.
Visit leafSpirit for helpful articles on meditation.

User avatar
Paul Davy
Site Admin
Posts: 16477
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: Hello!

Postby Paul Davy » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:48 am

Greetings Matais,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel and thanks for the intro.


Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)

Return to “Introductions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine