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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:


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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.

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 New Zealand

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

Hi Mike,

Good to see you around. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
Khandhānaṃ rāsaṭṭhaṃ, āyatanānaṃ āyatanaṭṭhaṃ,
Dhātūnaṃ suññaṭṭhaṃ, indriyānaṃ adhipatiyaṭṭhaṃ,
Saccānaṃ tathaṭṭhaṃ aviditaṃ karotītipi ‘avijjā’.

It prevents knowing the meaning of heap in the aggregates, the meaning of actuating in the sense-bases, the meaning of voidness in the elements, the meaning of predominance in the faculties, and the meaning of suchness in the truths, thus it is called ‘ignorance’.
(Visuddhimagga XVII. 43)

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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.

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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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!


Retro. :)
“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)

What is the final conviction that comes when radical attention is razor-edge sharp? That the object of the mind is mind-made (manomaya). (Ven. Ñāṇananda)

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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:

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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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