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Hello from africa

Postby Furaha » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:27 pm

I was born in kenya in the year 1988 to two teachers of english and literature. We are four siblings, my big brother is the first born, my sister the only girl and my small brother the last born, me... I have read alot in my life. I would not make any claim to have understood anything i have read but all that reading into philosophy and classical literature left me with a profound question about existence. I have suffered alot in my attempt to answer that question. Which is why i am here, trying to understand buddhism.
One day in 2008 after spending a strange day all over the country fixing a problem my small brother and his friends had gotten into, i just felt utterly lost. I have been in that position a few times since then. I would like to change my life and become skillful in living it. My goal is to be happy and even though at some point in the future i would like to taste the deathless, for now i just want happiness here and now.
I hope to find a teacher in this forum, whether it be a person or the community. And thats all there is to it
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Re: Hello from africa

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:05 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel

:buddha1:

I was in Nairobi once (before you were born). (showing my age -- :tongue: )
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Re: Hello from africa

Postby cooran » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:06 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel Furaha! :group:
Interesting how often the search for truth comes out of suffering and a feeling of discontent with life as it is. :group:

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Re: Hello from africa

Postby Furaha » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:26 pm

Cooran... Bhikku bodhi in his essay on the eightfold path explains this dissatisfaction so well that am inclined to be a bit cross at him for leaving me with nothing to say.
Snyder, you should make a another visit, if only to re-examine the fact that all things are subject to change. I would love to hear about your experience here some day
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Re: Hello from africa

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:31 pm

Greetings Furaha and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
"One cannot step twice into the same river, nor can one grasp any mortal substance in a stable condition, but it scatters and again gathers; it forms and dissolves, and approaches and departs."

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Re: Hello from africa

Postby bodom » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:08 pm

Welcome Furaha!

: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 africa

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:57 am

Welcome!

Although I know Kenya and Uganda are very different places, the work of the Venerable Buddharakkhita may interest you. He is the first African Theravada monk in modern history, I believe.

PM me if you want any of his writings - I edit them for him and I have the word documents that I could send.

May your stay be fruitful!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.
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Re: Hello from africa

Postby Furaha » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:45 pm

Thank you guys.
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Re: Hello from africa

Postby puppha » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:31 am

Dear Furaha,

Welcome to DhammaWheel!
:group:

Furaha wrote:I hope to find a teacher in this forum

DN16.33:
Buddha wrote:Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge.


Also: if you are not spending time regularily in meditation, I think it will help you to do it. It will probably help you see things more clearly, and sort out what's essential and what's just speculation.

I wish you all the best!

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Re: Hello from africa

Postby Dan74 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:15 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel, Furaha!

I have a good friend who is originally from Kenya and would very much like to visit your beautiful country one day.

Have you tried connecting with the temple in Nairobi?

http://nairobibuddhisttemple.org/

There is also some info on the temple and the spread of Buddhism in Africa here: http://blag.biz/node/47

And Kenya Buddhist directory: http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/country.php?country_id=32. Many members here sit with non-Theravada groups while finding their primary inspiration in the Suttas and writings of the Theravada.

Good luck with your practice!!!
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Re: Hello from africa

Postby Caraka » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:19 pm

Hi, welcome:)
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Re: Hello from africa

Postby Furaha » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:26 pm

Hey dan. I sent the temple an email i havent gotten feedback yet. I am using resources from www.accesstoinsight.com for now.
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