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Greetings!

Postby DhammaDan » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:41 am

Hello everyone!

It's great to be here! Despite my corny username, friends call me Dan. I used to be on E-sangha when suddenly my account ceased to function...then I got a Facebook message from venerable Dhammanando (through the Pali group) about these forums and thought it'd be great to join and continue discussion.

So a little about myself...I'm a Penn State freshman majoring in Art History and Japanese. I have been Buddhist for about...oh, 2 years I believe. Time sure does fly. I often call myself and Independent Theravada Buddhist for personal reasons, but nevertheless find much interest in all forms of Buddhism and other religions for that matter! Funny thing is, of all the religious groups on campus, there are none for Buddhism. I'm thinking about starting a group for lay people of all Buddhist traditions to come and practice meditation and discuss various ideas from the suttas. Hope that goes well...

So I hope to contribute and get along with everyone here. I'm glad to meet you all and hope we have a wonderful journey.

With metta,
Dan :namaste:
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Re: Greetings!

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:52 am

Hi, Welcome
:hello:
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Re: Greetings!

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:55 am

:hello:
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat
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Re: Greetings!

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:11 am

Greetings and welcome Dan.

Metta,
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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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Re: Greetings!

Postby Dhammanando » Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:23 am

Hi DhammaDan,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel. :smile:

Best wishes,
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    “Who lives without reverence lives miserably.”
    Uruvela Sutta, A.ii.20

    It were endless to dispute upon everything that is disputable.
    — William Penn Some Fruits of Solitude,
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Re: Greetings!

Postby Ben » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:39 am

Welcome DhammaDan!
Welcome to DhammaWheel!
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Re: Greetings!

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:33 pm

Welcome!

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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