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Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby Ruwan83 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:32 pm

Hi, I m a 28 years old, Sri lankan origins born and grew up in Rome, Italy. My first meditation expirience was in april of 2011. in a monastery near Rome, called Santacittarama, the abbot is Ajahn Chandapalo :-) this monastery belong to the Thai forest tradition led by Ajahn Chah. then i have always stick to that monastery :thumbsup: i feel very confortable with the Theravada tradition, because all my family in Sri lanka are Buddhist Theravada. However i have a different approach from my sri lankan relatives to the BuddhaDhamma. I feel confortable with meditation and direct study of the scriptures. Few lay persons meditate in Sri lanka ( speak from my experience). and also here in Rome, no sri lankans meditate in the Sri lankan monasteries! i m a mixture of western scientifical approach to the Dhamma and the typical eastern devotion to the Dhamma :rofl:

In this forum i would really like to learn more about the historical part of Buddhism. and learn from the experience of other persons who meditate or study the Buddhadhamma. Of course i ll do my best to share, my little experience!

:anjali:

Ruwan

(sorry for eventual mistakes but i m not english)

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Re: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby Sekha » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:08 pm

Hi Ruwan!

Welcome!

:anjali:

It is true that Westerners and Asians have completely different approaches to the teaching of the Buddha. Indeed most lay people in buddhist countries are not very interested in practicing meditation, nor even in knowing what it is that the Buddha taught, whereas the suttas prove that lay people used to be interested in those things at the time of the Buddha.

Westerners who get interested in the teaching of the Buddha are much more curious and inquisitive, and they want to make their own experience, they are also quite critical, but although their relatively keen interest is quite laudable, they are not always aware of the difficulties pertaining to the practice, those same difficulties that lay people from buddhist countries know very well about from the beginning and that prevent most of them from attempting to overcome them.

Rare are those like you who, coming from one side, get to see and understand as well the other side.
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Re: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:19 pm

Welcome friend!
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: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby Sambojjhanga » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:55 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

Metta,

:anjali:
Sabba rasam dhammaraso jinati
The flavor of the dhamma exceeds all other flavors

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Re: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:24 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby cooran » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:47 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group: I attend Dhammagiri Forest Monastery in Australia which has many Sri Lankan members many of whom meditate.
http://www.dhammagiri.org.au/

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Re: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:40 am

Greetings Ruwan,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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Re: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby bodom » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:53 am

Welcome Ruwan!

: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: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:44 am

Benvenuto Ruwan! Spero che tu contribuisca spesso alle discussioni qui! Conosci qualche sito dal quale si puo' scaricare discorsi Dhamma in italiano?
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Welcome Ruwan! I hope to see you post more in the future. BY the way, do you know any sites where you can download Dhamma talks in Italian?

Mettaya,

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Re: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby Ruwan83 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:34 pm

Buonasera Khalil Bodhi, ho gia postato un link molto utile con discorsi e file pdf sulla sezione non- english resources.
Moderator Translation-[Good evening Khalil Bodhi, I already posted a very useful link to Dhamma talks e files in the non-English resources section.]

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:14 pm

Ti ringrazio Ruwan! Ci sentiamo a presto!
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Thanks Ruwan! Talk soon! Metta!
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Re: Hi! From Rome! :-)

Postby waimengwan » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:24 pm

Welcome Ruwan!


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