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guyfromlouisiana
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Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby guyfromlouisiana » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:44 pm

Hello everyone!

I'm very happy to have found a vibrant Theravada online community. I have almost entirely used the internet for dukka -- sexual desires, spending money, looking with greed hatred and delusion at the Facebook profiles of my friends and acquaintances. I have the intent to use the internet wisely.

I'm in my early 30s, and I'm a 3rd year medical student in New Orleans USA, my home town. I've been interested in meditation since I was 18, and I've been committed to daily meditation and changing my life though the Buddha's teachings for about one year. I went on my first retreat, with the Insight Meditation teacher Shaila Catherine, last New Year's, and this year I'm doing the same retreat and staying the full eight days instead of leaving after four. It's near Austin, TX.

I just started reading Sharon Salzburg's book on metta, and I am getting to know a Thai monk who lives at a brand new, small Thai Buddhist temple near New Orleans called Wat Wimuttayaram. I also sometimes attend an insight meditation class at an aikido studio on Magazine Street.

I don't know many people in my area who are serious about this practice, so I hope to make friends here!

-Guy

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:14 pm

Welcome Guy!

:hello:

:anjali:
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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby cooran » Sat Oct 19, 2013 7:40 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel, Guy! :group:

With metta,
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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:05 pm

Welcome Guy! I have lots of family in New Orleans. Are you at Tulane? Anyway, a warm welcome and I hope you find some useful discussion here.
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby jungblood » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:26 pm

Welcome Guy! I look forward to reading your posts...

Lucas
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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:41 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

:toast:

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby bodom » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:28 pm

Welcome Guy!

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“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby SarathW » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:18 am

:hello:
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby Paul Davy » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:24 am

Greetings Guy,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'."
(Snp 3.6)

"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)

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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby Ben » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:30 am

Hi guy and welcome to DW!
“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.
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Re: Hello from New Orleans USA!

Postby tiltbillings » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:35 am

Welcome. Sharon Salzburg's books are quite and she is a good teacher.
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This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

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