Hello from Western Canada

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chicka-Dee
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Hello from Western Canada

Postby chicka-Dee » Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:39 pm

Hello everyone,

My name is Dee and I live in southern Alberta, Canada. I am quite new to Buddhism, and started practicing Vipassana about 8 months ago, and feel as if I've 'come home'. I'm learning about the Dhamma, and am still sorting through the various traditions and teachings, but I like to stay open to any and all ideas about spirituality. I've become very passionate about spirituality and understanding myself and the world, and have been intensely enjoying my journey this past year. I look forward to getting to know many of you and learning about the Dhamma and having many lively discussions.

With Metta,

Dee

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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:51 pm

Nice to meet you
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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby DhammaDan » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:03 pm

Welcome! :namaste: Your path sounds very similar to mine, as I too see a spiritual life to be of vital importance.
Hope you enjoy yourself and learn a lot with us!

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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby Ben » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:03 pm

Welcome Dee
I hope you feel at home here at Dhamma Wheel
Kind regards

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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby Dhammanando » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:05 pm

Hello Dee,

Welcome, and thanks for joining us. :smile:

Best wishes,
Dhammanando Bhikkhu
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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby sherubtse » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:06 pm

Hi Dee.

Nice to see another Canadian posting to these forums. :clap:

There are lots of great people here, and I'm sure that if you dig in, you'll learn lots.

With metta,
Sherubtse

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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:49 pm

Greetings and welcome, Dee.

:hello:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:17 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: Hello from Western Canada

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:34 pm

Welcome!

:namaste:
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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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby AdvaitaJ » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:47 pm

chicka-Dee,

Hello and greetings! We have a lot in common (except that I live in Michigan, north of Canada :D ). I've been practicing about six months and feel much the same as you describe.
:namaste:

AdvaitaJ
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We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.
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Re: Hello from Western Canada

Postby chicka-Dee » Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:43 pm

Wow! Thank you everyone so much for the very warm welcome :thanks:

AdvaitaJ, bodom_bad_boy, jcsuperstar, retrofuturist, sherubtse, Dhammanando, Ben, DhammaDan, and Manapa! I look forward to getting to know you all.

I must admit, I'm not even sure where to start. So far I've just been looking around a little. So it may take me awhile to really get started. I need to find my comfort zone, somewhere, first.

AdvaitaJ.. Michigan is practically in Canada, lol.. not much difference, really. Only I'm further west (just a hop, skip and jump from Montana). Maybe I'll follow you around a bit for the first while, since we are both beginners :)

And Sherubtse, it's nice to meet a fellow Canadian here. And to see there are people here from all over the world.. this just adds so much richness to have people from all walks of life. I feel such a good vibe, here.

:namaste:


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