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Dallas
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Hi everyone!

Postby Dallas » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:26 am

Hello everybody! I'm Dallas. I'm 29, was raised Christian, but it never settled well with me. My father is a preacher, and the expectations of my family were that I would also become a Christian minister. I enrolled in seminary, and a couple of months in couldn't find any faith to continue. I spent the next 10 years after that with no faith, but a lot of anger at religion in general. A couple of years ago I discovered Buddhism, and the concepts resonated with me, but it's only recently that I've begun to seriously follow the Eightfold Path and practice meditation.

I'm hoping these forums will help me connect with a sangha I am currently lacking. I'm moving to Bangkok, Thailand in 5 days, so hopefully that situation will improve soon, but I'd still like to have an online community to share wisdom with.I hope to know many of you before it's over, so please welcome me to your community.
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Re: Hi everyone!

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:15 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hi everyone!

Postby Paul Davy » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:41 am

Greetings Dallas,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

Yes - I find it's good to have both a physical and online Sangha to the extent that is possible, as both can provide support/engagement/assistance in different ways.

Unfortunately I find it difficult to maintain regular contact with a physical Sangha due to geography, but if you're in Bangkok, you will have no such trouble!

Metta,
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)

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Re: Hi everyone!

Postby bodom » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:13 pm

Welcome Dallas!

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This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - Ajahn Chah


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