Sawasdee from NE Georgia

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Sawasdee from NE Georgia

Postby luangtom » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:32 pm

Sawasdee from NE Georgia, USA. I am a 60 y.o. retiree that migrated to GA from Minnesota to be close to our sons. We frequent Wat Lao Buddha Sattha Dhamma, Alto, GA. I am a student of Dhamma and collect LP Thuad amulets, along with a few others. I got my start in Dhamma in 1998 on a trip back to Thailand to where I was during the Vietnam conflict. My wife is from the Isaan of Thailand and we returned to visit family and old friends. I had always been intrigued by the saffron-robed monks of Buddhism that I first saw in Vietnam and more so in Thailand. How could anyone be so calm and loving in such dire times? That question remained with me all of these years.

In 1999, I visited Wat Pa Ban That in Udon Thani, home of Luangta Maha Bua and I met Ajahn Pannavaddho Bhikkhu, an English monk that transcribed the Thai works of Luangta Maha Bua into English. He gifted me with four books of Dhamma then and I have been studying and practicing ever since. I have revisited that wat on each subsequent visit back to the Isaan. I last saw Ajahn Pannavaddho in 2003 and he passed away in 2004. I go back to pay homage to he and to Luangta. My last visit was April of 2012.

I hope to learn more of Buddhism in the USA on this forum. I also hope to meet other Western practitioners here. Chok dee.

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Re: Sawasdee from NE Georgia

Postby bodom » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:19 pm

Welcome luangtom!

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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: Sawasdee from NE Georgia

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:26 pm

Greetings luangtom 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

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Re: Sawasdee from NE Georgia

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:51 am

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Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Sawasdee from NE Georgia

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:47 am

Welcome luangtom! :heart:
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Re: Sawasdee from NE Georgia

Postby cooran » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:11 am

Welcome Luangtom! :group:

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Re: Sawasdee from NE Georgia

Postby luangtom » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:23 am

Thanks to all for the welcome. I hope to learn much from this forum. Chok dee.


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