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mikenz66
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Hello from New Zealand

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:39 pm

Hello to all the old an new friends out there... :group:

I've been Buddhist for about three years, since I wandered into my local Thai Wat (a branch of a Wat Nak Prok in Bangkok) in an effort to improve my Thai. My Thai is still pretty poor, but my Dhamma is improving.

We have, off and on, a couple of monks who speak good enough English to teach Dhamma in English (they originate from Bangladesh and the US) and meditation here follows the Mahasi Sayadaw approach, though I have done a couple of retreats and some workshops using other methods, particularly during a sojourn based in Hong Kong that took up most of 2007. Righ now I'm a week out from a two-week retreat where I stayed at the Wat over New Year :meditate: and am starting to miss the clarity that has now faded somewhat... It is an interesting coincidence that this board started up while I was "away"...

Much of my in-depth study has been based on Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations (and co-translations) of the Nikayas and his incredible in-depth talks.
See the Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48054011290
And the anthology In the Buddha's Words: http://wisdompubs.org/Pages/display.lasso?-KeyValue=104
which is what really oriented me in the Suttas. :reading:

Metta
Mike

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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:45 pm

Welcome! Its good to see familiar faces here.


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In sitting meditation stay with that ‘which knows’ everything. Don’t try to go to objects. Let the objects come to you. Try not to react to objects. Whatever arises — greed, aversion, pain, itchiness, metta, likes or dislikes etc. — watch with equanimity, without getting involved, without clinging to it. Stay in the middle path.- Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw

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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:23 pm

Hi Mike,

Good to see you around. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
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Second hermit: Oh yes! I wouldn’t go back to public relations.
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:26 pm

Welcome Mike
I'm so happy you could be with us.
Metta

Ben
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Postby genkaku » Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:09 pm

Hi Mike. Pull up a chair (or cushion) and stay a while. :)

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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Postby Paul Davy » Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:49 am

Greetings Mike!

:buddha2:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Postby cooran » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:47 am

Hello Mike,

Draw up a log, and let's boil the Billy. :smile:

metta
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:22 pm

Hi Mike,

Good to see you here!

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