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Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Viriyakaruna » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:57 pm

hello all,
my name is Viriya Karuna and I am really new to the Forum world.
I like what I have seen in this one so far, so I decided to register.

I have been practicing Theravada for many years now (with the usual up and downs).
In 2004 I went to Los Angeles and took 8 vows. For some time afterwards I struggled with them, but now I feel really comfortable and plan to join the nun community in the future.

I am German, but living in Spain where there was no Theravadin Sangha until last year, when some people founded the AEBT (http://www.aebtheravada.org - in Spanish, sorry). Now we are inviting monks (hopefully this year a nun, too) to come and teach and organize retreats.

Actually I wanted to ask you all if there is anyone who wants to come, help restaurate a little house I have in a little village near Zaragoza (north of Spain, between Madrid and Barcelona), sit and learn together, watch the animals (2 cats and 3 dogs) when I am away, perhaps learn Spanish...

So if there is anyone looking for a place to go and practice for some months or a year, just let me know.

Metta for you all,
may all beings be happy

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Dhammanando » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:44 am

Hi Viriya Karuna,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel. :smile:

That's a nice website you have; I'm impressed to see how much has been translated into Spanish. Is there any Spanish equivalent of the Pali Text Society, or are the translations all independent projects?

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Viriyakaruna » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:40 am

Hello, good day for you, Venerable,

The translation efforts are individual merits, but mostly coordinated by the Mexican Association for Theravada Buddhism (http://www.btmar.org), thanks to Venerable Nandisena, a Spanish speaking Bhikkhu from Argentina, if I remember right.
He was here in Spain last year and we are very happy that there is a Bhikkhu who speaks Spanish, as most Spaniards do not speak English.

Greetings for you and everyone,
with Metta,

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:50 am

Greetings and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:hello:

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby cooran » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:04 am

Hello Viriyakaruna,

Welcome! :smile:

I don't speak spanish myself - but here are a couple of other sites in Spanish:

BUDDHISMO THERAVADA HISPANO
http://www.cmbt.org/
Bosque Teravada:
http://bosquetheravada.org

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:16 am

:hello:
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Viriyakaruna » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:49 am

Thank you all for the greetings and the nice words.
Chris, thanks, for the websites, I knew them already. The bosqueteravada site has a whole lot of material and the cmbt is the other website of the Sangha Venerable Nandisena is coordinating.

So where do you all come from? Many Europeans around?

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:55 am

Greetings,
Viriyakaruna wrote:So where do you all come from? Many Europeans around?

Many of us have our locations listed under our avatar picture.

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Viriyakaruna » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:56 am

Thank you, Retro, you see I still have to learn a lot :)
will try to add my location, too
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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Rui Sousa » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:01 am

Hola Viriyakaruna,

:namaste:

I am from Portugal, and my wife is Spanish (from Burgos).

I am happy to see Theravada Buddhism in Spain, and I wish you will meet your association's objectives.

I see on your website that there are same interesting books in Spanish that i did not know about, I will take a look at them.
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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Viriyakaruna » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:23 am

just testing if I added location and website the right way
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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Viriyakaruna » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:32 am

hello, Rui Sousa, thanks for your greetings.
Unfortunately Portugal is like the forgotten neighbour here, I virtually never read anything about your beautiful country in the press (don't have TV, but I asked and people tell me that there is no news either).
I was there (a coast trip, from down south to up north) in 1995 and liked it very much.
Do you have a Theravadan Association? Many Theravadins there?

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby genkaku » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:08 pm

Welcome Viriyakaruna. Hope you find something useful here.
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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Dhammanando » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:20 pm

Hi Viriya Karuna,

Viriyakaruna wrote:just testing if I added location and website the right way


You can put the website into your signature if you like:

http://dhammawheel.com/ucp.php?i=profile&mode=signature

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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby bodom » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:17 pm

Welcome! If i didnt have so much on my table right now i would be there!

:namaste:
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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Rui Sousa » Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:20 pm

Viriyakaruna wrote:Do you have a Theravadan Association? Many Theravadins there?


There are some Portuguese monks at Amaravati, with Ajhan Sumedho, and last year there was some talking on the founding of a monastery in Lisbon, after Lisbon's Mayor announced that the City Hall was going to offer a building for the founding of that monastery.

There are some meditation groups (one non-sectarian and a Goenka group), and I believe there is an newborn association, but I don't think there are many Theravadins here. Estimates are that there are 3.000 Buddhist in Portugal, and the vast majority follows the Tibetan tradition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwVh9ueXWZ0&feature=related
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Re: Newbie inviting you to Spain

Postby Viriyakaruna » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:09 pm

Hello, bodom_bad_boy, you may come here whenever you like and/or can... so just get rid of that paperwork or whatever is there occupying your desk and fly or swim over ;-)

Thanks, Rui Sousa, for the video, that is quite interesting.
And you say the Lisbon Mayor wanted to offer a house for a monastery? Is he a Buddhist? it's beautiful either way!!!!!

what happened finally?

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