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Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:31 pm

Hello! This is my first post on this forum, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce myself.

I have been "on the path" since I was about 10 years old and saw the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Japan) and became fascinated by the serene look on the statue of the Master Gotama's face. At various times, I've practiced Mahayana, Vajrayana and now Theravada Buddhism. I believe that all forms are valid, but for the past few years, I have worked from (the most original) source material: the Pali Canon, so I consider Theravada my home now. Most specifically, I follow the Thai Forest Tradition, but I am open to the wisdom of all who practice the Eight Fold Path of the Buddha.

I am particularly interested in the work of Thanissaro Bikkhu (and his teachers, Ajaan Fuang and Ajaan Lee) and particularly appreciate his methods and practices. For me, I think it is very important to follow a teacher and teachings that speak to one and I especially like his style.

Looking forward to learning and sharing here.

Much Metta to all! :anjali:
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:51 pm

Welcome friend!

Thanisarro Bhikkhu is a great inspiration to me as well. He has many fans here.

If you're into the Thai Forest Tradition, you might also want to check out Buddhadasa Bhikkhu - he is a wonderful teacher and his writings on anapanasati are very clear and illuminating. Anapanasati: A Manual for Serious Beginners is wonderful.
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Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:07 pm

Hello LonesomeYogurt, and thanks for the welcome!

Yes indeed, I have that particular book by Ven. Buddhadasa and share your enthusiasm for it.
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby marc108 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:13 pm

nice to meet you! have you been to Wat Metta?
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:31 pm

Nice to meet you, too, marc.

Not yet, though it is my fondest wish to visit Wat Metta.
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:11 pm

Nice avatar!

:hello: Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby cooran » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:26 pm

Welcome! :group:

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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Ben » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:30 pm

Greetings Sambojjhanga and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
kind regards,

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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:11 pm

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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:51 pm

Wow, thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! I'm really honored :anjali: :group:
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:01 am

David N. Snyder wrote:Nice avatar!

:hello: Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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David, thank you very much...I just realized that I have your book, The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists - Explained

I'm enjoying it very much, thank you for writing it.
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby bodom » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:41 pm

Welcome!

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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:43 am

bodom wrote:Welcome!

:anjali:


Thanks for the welcome, bodom. Great avatar, BTW.

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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:40 am

Sorry for being late to the welcome party but WELCOME! Happy uposatha while I'm at it!
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:05 pm

Thank you, Khalil, and happy Uposatha to you (and everyone else) as well!
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby waimengwan » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:31 pm

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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:49 pm

waimengwan wrote:Welcome


Thank you!

Metta,

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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby tidathep » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:29 pm

Sambojjhanga wrote:Hello! This is my first post on this forum, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce myself.

I have been "on the path" since I was about 10 years old and saw the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Japan) and became fascinated by the serene look on the statue of the Master Gotama's face. At various times, I've practiced Mahayana, Vajrayana and now Theravada Buddhism. I believe that all forms are valid, but for the past few years, I have worked from (the most original) source material: the Pali Canon, so I consider Theravada my home now. Most specifically, I follow the Thai Forest Tradition, but I am open to the wisdom of all who practice the Eight Fold Path of the Buddha.

I am particularly interested in the work of Thanissaro Bikkhu (and his teachers, Ajaan Fuang and Ajaan Lee) and particularly appreciate his methods and practices. For me, I think it is very important to follow a teacher and teachings that speak to one and I especially like his style.

Looking forward to learning and sharing here.

Much Metta to all! :anjali:

Dear Sambojjhanga,

I found the picture of Kamakura Buddha:
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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby Sambojjhanga » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:40 pm

tidathep wrote:
Sambojjhanga wrote:Hello! This is my first post on this forum, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce myself.

I have been "on the path" since I was about 10 years old and saw the Great Buddha of Kamakura (Japan) and became fascinated by the serene look on the statue of the Master Gotama's face. At various times, I've practiced Mahayana, Vajrayana and now Theravada Buddhism. I believe that all forms are valid, but for the past few years, I have worked from (the most original) source material: the Pali Canon, so I consider Theravada my home now. Most specifically, I follow the Thai Forest Tradition, but I am open to the wisdom of all who practice the Eight Fold Path of the Buddha.

I am particularly interested in the work of Thanissaro Bikkhu (and his teachers, Ajaan Fuang and Ajaan Lee) and particularly appreciate his methods and practices. For me, I think it is very important to follow a teacher and teachings that speak to one and I especially like his style.

Looking forward to learning and sharing here.

Much Metta to all! :anjali:

Dear Sambojjhanga,

I found the picture of Kamakura Buddha:
Image

Tidathep


Oh, that brings back many memories, thank you so much for posting that :smile:

I remember as a little boy standing at the Great Buddha's feet, staring up. Quite a site.

Much metta,

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Re: Greetings from San Diego, California

Postby tidathep » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:17 am

Oh, that brings back many memories, thank you so much for posting that :smile:

I remember as a little boy standing at the Great Buddha's feet, staring up. Quite a site.

Much metta,

:anjali:[/quote]

Dear Sambojanga,

I used to station in Japan (Air Force Base) years ago. I and my boyfriend traveled around Japan.
This is my favorite:

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