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Spiritual friends

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sundara
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Spiritual friends

Postby sundara » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:41 pm

How can I go about finding spiritual friends. I live in Portugal and I don't have a temple nearby, there is none in 400 kms radius?

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zavk
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Re: Spiritual friends

Postby zavk » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:26 pm

With metta,
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Re: Spiritual friends

Postby andrewuk » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:07 am

Hello,

I read it somewhere that they're trying to raise fund to build a monastery (forest tradition) in Portugal. (I think Amaravati in England is involved in this)

So hopefully, in the near future, you'll be able to go there.

You can also fly to England, Italy or other European countries where there is a monastery. (I live close to Chithurst Monastery if you want to visit, let me know)

Alternatively, we have many wonderful, knowledgeable and kind Dhamma friends here.

Best wishes to you!

Andrew
Meditate, don't be negligent, lest you may later regret it!

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Re: Spiritual friends

Postby Tex » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:16 am

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus

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Re: Spiritual friends

Postby BlackBird » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:50 am

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Spiritual friends

Postby Ben » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:03 am

“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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BlackBird
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Re: Spiritual friends

Postby BlackBird » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:20 am

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Spiritual friends

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:45 am

I'm probably biased :tongue: but I think internet forums are a great place for kalyana mitta meetings and discussions. I still go to the face-to-face meetings at temples, but often find that the level and depth of discussion is often higher on online forums. Perhaps it is that many who go online are already well-read in the Suttas and some Pali, whereas at the temples there are more newbies? But both are good places to practice and discuss with spiritual friends.

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Re: Spiritual friends

Postby Ben » Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:20 am

“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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e: [email protected]..


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