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New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Postby adamposey » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:22 pm

Hello All!

My name is Adam, as you can probably tell, and I have recently made the inward decision to take the three refuges and the associated precepts. I live in a small town in West Virginia, so I am attempting to learn as best as I can using the internet, books, and audio dhamma talks as much as possible. I hope to be able to attend a retreat, and find a teacher, at some point soon (in the next few years).

In my personal life I'm a student, a political activist, a reader, and a writer. I am deeply involved with the politics of my nation and the world. I am also a bit of a tattoo enthusiast as I have a large work of art on my left arm (13 hours total put into it) and a smaller symbol on my right arm.

I just recently found you all after a lot of research and I am SO looking forward to getting to know you all and learn from you.

All the best!
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Re: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Postby Jechbi » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:31 pm

Welcome. :hello:

Some discussion of politics here. Some discussions about tattoos here and here, in case it's of interest.

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Re: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:32 pm

:hello:

Hi Adam.

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

If you have the time and are not too far away, there is a great monastery in West Virginia:

http://www.bhavanasociety.org/
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Re: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Postby adamposey » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:35 pm

Thank you! That's all very relevant.

I am hoping to get some advice from you all on getting started as I have not been able to get into the things I want to do yet as a Buddhist. For instance I have not yet constructed any kind of a shrine, figured out vipassana completely, or really figured out things like buddhist days of importance, etc., I understand the concepts, but I trust that to the extent that ritual exists in buddhism it serves a function and I would like to use those functions to further myself and so I want to do all of this as much as I can.

And concerning Bhavana Society I DO intend to go on a retreat there, but it's about a couple hours from where I live (I am in Elkins, WV) and as a student who works full time my ability to take many days off to go there is limited. I'm looking at next summer/spring as a possibility for some retreats but I'll just have to see. :)
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Re: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:58 pm

Greetings Adam,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:49 pm

Hi Adam
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

If you haven't already discovered these resources, they maybe useful to you:
Readings in Theravada Buddhism: http://www.accesstoinsight.org
Bhikkhu Bodhi's lecture series on the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses) http://www.bodhimonastery.net/courses/MN/MN_course.html

Looking forward to your contributions!

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Re: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Postby zavk » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:23 am

Hello Adam!
With metta,
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Re: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Postby Raga Mala » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:15 pm

Whoa! Ben! Would you believe it, but I never made the acquaintance of bodhmonastery.net !? What a great resource! Thanks for sharing, I'll be there often.

Adam: Welcome. :smile:
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