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Hello from Germany

Postby Vardali » Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:24 am

Hi everyone,

I have been directed to this board because I am leaning to the Theravada "style" in my beginning buddhist practice, so I hope to learn a lot here and find some help for my practice as well as help out as good as I can with what little experience I have gained in the matters of the dhamma :)

I am from Germany (the RP/NRW area, if anyone is familiar with the region) and have been reading up, listened and looked into Buddhist teachings for the past 2 years. I feel I am "getting" some of what I have read and found out, but I am definitely work in progress, as far as my Buddhist inclinations go. I have been able to relate best to the teachings I have read and listened to from the likes of Ajahn Brahm, Ajahn Munindom as well as Josef Goldstein; I am mostly following the BSWA and UK streams instead of any local German sangha.

One reason is that there seems a more widespread interest in Tibetan buddhism in Germany which Ifind less appealing in style (I seem to have an aversion against rituals, I guess). And the only Theravadin centers seem to be located in the South of Germany (which is quite a way from where I live).
But this is mostly logistics; more crucial is my seeming inability to relate to Buddhist teachings in German language. Stuff that seems intuitively understandable to me in English seems total incomprehensible to me if I try it in German. I have always suspected that I must have been some British native in a past life-time. So I always have to fall back to English sources.
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So, I will have to make use of modern technology to support my practices, I guess. Hopefully I will find a nice international community here that can relate to this :)

Hope to read, write and learn more here :namaste:
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:33 am

Greetings Vardali,

Thank you for the introduction and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Dhammabodhi » Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:16 am

Hi!

Welcome to Dhammawheel! I'm a student in Paderborn, but currently in France. Where do u live in NRW?
May you be peaceful and happy!
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Vardali » Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:37 am

Thank you for your kind welcome :thanks:

I currently live somewhere between Köln and the Eifel, so it's pretty rural here (1 hrs drive to Köln and Düsseldorf, a bit less to Bonn).

I like it rural, though :) Cities tend to stress me out a bit.
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby genkaku » Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:28 pm

Welcome Vardali. Hope you find something useful here.
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Ben » Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:38 pm

Hi Vardali
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Be sure to make contact with Bhikkhu Gavesako here on Dhamma Wheel as he also lives in Germany. He should be a good contact for you.
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Jechbi » Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:22 pm

Vardali wrote:I currently live somewhere between Köln and the Eifel, so it's pretty rural here (1 hrs drive to Köln and Düsseldorf, a bit less to Bonn).

A beautiful part of Germany. Welcome.
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Lest it be soddened by the rain.
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:29 pm

:hello:

Guten Tag!

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby puthujjana » Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:43 pm

Herzlich Willkommen und viele Grüße aus Norddeutschland! :hello:

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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Moggalana » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:12 pm

Von mir ein herzliches 'Servus' aus Bayern :smile:
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Vardali » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:21 pm

Oh, vielen Dank!

Greetings back and glad to be here :D

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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:27 pm

Hi
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Rhino » Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:29 am

Auch von mir herzliche Grüsse. Willkommen/MoinMoin/welcome.
With best wishes

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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby gavesako » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:51 pm

Have a look at www.theravadablog.de where you will find a link to Wat Lao not far from where you live (Wat Sibounheuang). There are some German people there who are also practising meditation and who you could connect with.
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Dhammabodhi » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:35 pm

Hi Vardali!

Maybe when I go back to Paderborn we can meet up sometime! Meanwhile, let's practice diligently, so that if and when we meet we could learn a lot from each other!

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-Samāhitam cittam yathābhutam pajānāti.

समाहितं चित्तं यथाभूतं पजानाती |

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-Ujuko nāma so maggo, abhayā nāma sā disā.

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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Annapurna » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:19 am

Grüß dich und Servus von Bayern! Genauer gesagt, von Franken, also im Norden Bayerns.

I'm surprised to find so many Germans here! :smile:

Hallo!

I was wondering if the Venerable has any addresses for me?


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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby gavesako » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:31 am

Well, there are some links on the TheravadaBlog which you can follow, Buddhism is spreading even in the most conservative parts of Europe...
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Ben » Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:20 am

Annabel wrote:I'm surprised to find so many Germans here! :smile:

yes, its wonderful!
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Re: Hello from Germany

Postby Vardali » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:09 pm

Annabel wrote:Grüß dich und Servus von Bayern! Genauer gesagt, von Franken, also im Norden Bayerns.

I'm surprised to find so many Germans here! :smile:


Thanks everyone, and yes, it's really cool :D

gavesako wrote:Have a look at http://www.theravadablog.de where you will find a link to Wat Lao not far from where you live (Wat Sibounheuang). There are some German people there who are also practising meditation and who you could connect with.


Thank you, Bhante :D This link is highly appreciated.

I very much appreciate the friendly welcome here :)
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