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Postby Dhammakid » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:10 am

I'm Kourtney Mitchell, aka Dhammakid. I frequent the E-Sangha board as Dharmakid and Retro invited me to join this one. It looks great and I hope to contribute to discussion as well as learn from the many great minds here.

I'm a college student here in the States, among other things. Sociology major. I hope to eventually obtain a master's in social work and do anti-violence work with young males. But if I could start over, I would pursue a major in Eastern religions or Buddhist studies or something along those lines. I guess I still could if I wanted.

I love to write poetry and read, study Theravada Buddhism, contribute to social justice and liberal politics as much as I can, and learn about ways to help sustain the environment. I'm also really into quantum physics and astronomy as hobbies.

I'm pretty bent on ordination in the Thai Forest tradition. Once I get some things worked out in my life, I'm hoping to ordain soon after. Most likely I'll be at a monastery in the States, but going overseas to maybe Thailand or Cambodia is a possibility also.

I first came to Buddhism a year ago after learning meditation from a past student group leader here on campus (University of Missouri in Columbia). I adopted Theravada, and then Korean Zen, and now I'm back with Theravada. I am still very new to the Dhamma, although I am learning very fast.

I have a great interest in interfaith dialogue and it's another possible career. I love to study the work of Ghandi and Thich Nhat Hahn as they have been among the biggest proponents of interfaith cooperation. Also, Snatam Kaur Khalsa, a Sikh, and her peace work is another inspiration of mine.

Well, that's me in a nutshell. Thanks for having me. May all be happy and peaceful :)

Namaste,
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Re: Hello All

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:14 am

Greetings Dhammakid,

Thank you for sharing your story and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Re: Hello All

Postby Element » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:56 am

Welcome DhammaKid

I enjoyed reading your inspiring post.

May the Buddha-Dhamma bring your life fulfillment.

Kind regards,

Element

P.S. the following is an interfaith video you may enjoy What is Real Love - A Sufi Perspective
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Re: Hello All

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:11 pm

Hi Dhammakid and welcome to Dhamma Wheel
I remember your posts at the other site.
A very good Dhamma-friend currently producing his third volume of poetry. There is a long tradition of poetic expression within Buddhism that goes back to the Buddha, Himself!
All the best!

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Re: Hello All

Postby Dhammakid » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:47 pm

Element wrote:Welcome DhammaKid

I enjoyed reading your inspiring post.

May the Buddha-Dhamma bring your life fulfillment.

Kind regards,

Element

P.S. the following is an interfaith video you may enjoy What is Real Love - A Sufi Perspective


Hello Element,
Thank you very much for the wonderful Sufi video. I very much enjoy studying Sufism among other mystical threads of popular religions. I think this particular Sufi teacher speaks with great conviction and passion.

Namaste,
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Re: Hello All

Postby Dhammakid » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:48 pm

Ben wrote:Hi Dhammakid and welcome to Dhamma Wheel
I remember your posts at the other site.
A very good Dhamma-friend currently producing his third volume of poetry. There is a long tradition of poetic expression within Buddhism that goes back to the Buddha, Himself!
All the best!

Ben


Haha, yes indeed Ben! I think I enjoy reading Buddhist poetry the most of any others. And the Buddha seemed to be a master of it :)
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Re: Hello All

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:46 pm

Hi Kourtney,

Welcome and do keep us updated on your progress toward ordination, if you decide to choose that path.

I just noticed that your screen name here is DhammaKid whereas it was DharmaKid at e-sangha. You changed it to the Pali term. Cool! :)
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Re: Hello All

Postby Dhammakid » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:03 am

TheDhamma wrote:Hi Kourtney,

Welcome and do keep us updated on your progress toward ordination, if you decide to choose that path.

I just noticed that your screen name here is DhammaKid whereas it was DharmaKid at e-sangha. You changed it to the Pali term. Cool! :)


Hello The Dhamma,
I will indeed inform everyone of what progress is made when I'm finally ready for ordination.

And yes, I thought it appropriate to change my screen name to the Pali rendering of the word since this is a Theravada community. I actually kinda wanna change it on E-Sangha as well, but I'm being lazy about it at the moment.

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