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Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby PorkChop » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:13 pm

Been hanging out on the sister board for a few months and figured I'd hang out here as well.
My experience with Theravadan Buddhism mainly comes from my muay thai coach, who's from Laos.
I really enjoy reading the Nikayas.
Looking forward to getting to know people here.
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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby Ben » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:23 pm

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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:24 pm

Welcome PorkChop!

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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:56 pm

:hello: Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :popcorn:
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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby cooran » Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:44 am

Welcome to DhammaWheel! :group:

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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:49 am

Hope you find your time here of value.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby Sambojjhanga » Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:38 pm

Welcome, PorkChop!

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Sabba rasam dhammaraso jinati
The flavor of the dhamma exceeds all other flavors
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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby bodom » Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:50 pm

Greetings from a fellow San Antonian!

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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: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby PorkChop » Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:53 pm

Thanks guys, nice to meet you all. :)
The "Lay Practice at Home" thread has already been most helpful.
I have a feeling I'm going to run into bodom one of these days at one of the 2 Wats in our town.
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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby bodom » Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:32 pm

PorkChop wrote:Thanks guys, nice to meet you all. :)
The "Lay Practice at Home" thread has already been most helpful.
I have a feeling I'm going to run into bodom one of these days at one of the 2 Wats in our town.


There's a good chance! I live 5 minutes from Wat Dhammabucha off of Bandera road though its been a few months since I've last attended. Ivr Been busy raising two young children!

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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby PorkChop » Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:17 am

bodom wrote:There's a good chance! I live 5 minutes from Wat Dhammabucha off of Bandera road though its been a few months since I've last attended. Ivr Been busy raising two young children!

:anjali:


Awesome!
I have one (a 3 year old boy) and another on the way in March.

I've been to Wat Dhammabucha a few times for muay thai demonstrations.
In fact, I still have a protection amulet from one of the monks there; which I got right after doing an "exhibition" fight where I broke my ribs funny enough.
My coach usually goes to Wat Saddadhamma in Shertz and I've been with him a few times for demos, festivals, and lunch with the monks.

I'm kind of all over the place on my own Buddhist practice.
In addition to reading the Nikayas, I live near the Vietnamese TianTai temple off of Babcock, usually go there on Sundays, and I also study with a Lam Rim (Tibetan Gelug tradition) group a couple times a month.

I'll probably settle down when I find a monk/teacher/guru I really connect with.
In the meantime, I'm trying to learn as much as I can and I know I can learn a lot from you folks here.
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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:31 am

Welcome PorkChop!
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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby tattoogunman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:31 am

PorkChop wrote:Been hanging out on the sister board for a few months and figured I'd hang out here as well.
My experience with Theravadan Buddhism mainly comes from my muay thai coach, who's from Laos.
I really enjoy reading the Nikayas.
Looking forward to getting to know people here.


Hello again :tongue:
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Re: Hello from San Antonio, TX US

Postby waimengwan » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:32 pm

Welcome PorkChop hope you can find what you need :)
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