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Postby UrbanContemplative » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:46 pm

Hello Everyone!

I was searching the web on Theravada Buddhism and discovered this forum. I am so happy to have found it!!

About me in brief: I am 35 years old and live in the state of Ohio. I am a Christian and ministry student who is studying to be a Pastor. I am a Methodist. That said, I have a deep love and admiration for other faith traditions and have been studying comparative religion for over ten years now; reading sacred texts from the world's major religions as well as travelling to experience them directly. You could say that I have a deep love for religion, faith, and the sacred in general. I cite people like Thomas Merton and Huston Smith as my heroes. This is why when I start graduate seminary next year, in the Master of Divinity program I plan to specialize my MDiv in "Interreligious Contexts" which is a Methodist program to cultivate and improve interfaith relations. This is one of my greatest passions, and to be able to go to school for it and hopefully one day work in that field is a dream come true for me!!

More particular to this forum; I have a deep love for the wisdom of Buddhism and the Theravada tradition. I was first exposed to it in a deeper way when I read Bikkhu Bodhi's "In the Buddha's Words". I then began to devour his other translations, and now have read nearly all the works that he did of the Pali Canon. This has had a tremendous impact on me spiritually.

I have often told my friends the almost paradoxical, yet totally true statement that "Buddhism has made me a better Christian and Christianity has made me a better Buddhist."

I very much look forward to taking part in the discussions on this forum!!
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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:49 pm

Welcome UrbanContemplative,

:hello:

Like you, my first extensive study of the suttas was In the Buddha's Words.

:anjali:
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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby Coyote » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:52 pm

Welcome :)
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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:21 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby Hickersonia » Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:28 am

Welcome, friend. I hope you find your time here enriching. :)
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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:49 am

Welcome!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:56 am

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:10 am

Greetings Urbancontemplative,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
My teacher, SN Goenka, has taught many thousands of people ordained in the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Jain religions a non-sectarian approach to the Dhamma and vipassana meditation. If this is something you are interested in exploring - then I recommend it.
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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:26 am

Welcome
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.

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Re: Hello Everyone

Postby UrbanContemplative » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:27 pm

Thanks all!!

@ Ben; I appreciate the recommendation!
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