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Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby seahorse » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:12 pm

Hello and a big smile to you all!

I'm Fran and I'm from deepest darkest West Yorkshire, in the north of the UK. Pleased to meet you all.
I view this site often, and have found the commentaries and discussions to be of tremendous benefit to my Dhamma practice - I thank you all.
I've been practising for 11 years now, initially doing what Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche termed 'spiritual shopping'. I sat with many groups and lineages, including the Nichiren school (SGI), Triratna (Sangarakshita), Gelugpa and Soto Zen (Suzuki Roshi). All Mahayana schools and as a result of flitting over the years, whilst I learned a lot and developed in many ways, I believe I overdosed on 'too many methods and rituals'.
So I decided to go right back to the 'old school' after re-reading the Dhammapada and a number of Abhidhamma Suttas. I am sitting regularly with a Samatha teacher now, have a daily practice and this week will sit Goenkaji Vipassana (10 days). Therevada has felt like a homecoming for me after years of searching.

I am so glad and grateful to be here with you all.

With Metta,
Fran
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Re: Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby cooran » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:16 pm

Welcome Fran! Hope you get a lot out of the Goenka retreat. Remember, it can be hard and just ''stay the distance''.

with metta
Chris
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Re: Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:18 pm

:hello:
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby Ben » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:19 pm

Hi Fran and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
All the best with your planned ten-day course. I have done many of them.
kind regards,

Ben
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby seahorse » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:40 pm

Chris, David, Ben,
Thanks so much for the lovely welcome.
I will post any observations which I think may be useful, when I am out of Dhamma Dipa!
With all good things to you,
Fran
Death sweeps away those who spend their lives gathering flowers
- Dhammapada 47

The only true freedom is freedom from the heart's desires;
And the only true happiness this way lies...
- Matt Johnson, The The

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Re: Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:41 pm

Greetings Fran,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

Nice to see you kickin' it ol' skool.

:thumbsup:

Metta,
Retro. :)
“Delighting in existence O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence. they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind … (It. p 43)”

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Re: Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby seahorse » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:18 pm

Hey Retro! Thank you for this welcome.
Indeed. I'm kickin' it old skool with the B-Boys and the B-Girls. Theravada Massive! Yeah!

Metta,
F.
Death sweeps away those who spend their lives gathering flowers
- Dhammapada 47

The only true freedom is freedom from the heart's desires;
And the only true happiness this way lies...
- Matt Johnson, The The

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Re: Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby waimengwan » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:43 pm

Welcome Seahorse to the board.

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Re: Hello from West Yorkshire...

Postby tiltbillings » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:49 pm

Welcome. Hope find the the forum of interest and value.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.

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