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Greetings from Central New York

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Kondanna's Insight
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Greetings from Central New York

Postby Kondanna's Insight » Tue May 10, 2011 2:19 am

Hello everybody. I have been a practitioner of Buddhism in another tradition for many years, but for a long time have suspected that I was really a Theravadin at heart. Recently, after a scandal in my sangha, I decided to embrace Theravada openly.
I have not begun practicing it formally, but have been reading the Pali Canon, as well as books by Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Thanissaro, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ayya Khema, and Ajahn Sucitto. My schedule right now does not provide much opportunity for sitting meditation, but I try to cultivate nonattachment to the aggregates in my daily life. I have found especially valuable Kondanna’s insight in the Wheel Turning Discourse that “all that is subject to arising is subject to subsiding.” I often have to contend with the arising of unwholesome mental states in my life (particularly anger), and Kondanna’s insight reminds me not to hold onto them and let them subside.
I am curious to know if there are any other Theravadins in the Central New York area. I am not aware of any formal Theravada sangha here, but I am hoping that some community of practitioners could be established here.

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Kim OHara
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Re: Greetings from Central New York

Postby Kim OHara » Tue May 10, 2011 5:41 am

Welcome, Kondanna's Insight.
I'm sure there are enough NewYorkers to have a community of any religious affiliation you can think of, but I don't recall any of our regulars mentioning the place much. You could try Buddhanet if no-one here responds knowledgeably.
:namaste:
Kim

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cooran
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Re: Greetings from Central New York

Postby cooran » Tue May 10, 2011 7:12 am

Welcom KI ! I practised for quite a while without local contact - and found that eventually getting to a retreat with a recognised teacher really beneficial. and then I found a local group to connect with.

Meanwhile - talk with all of us!
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with metta
Chris
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Re: Greetings from Central New York

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue May 10, 2011 8:25 am

Hi KI,

Where in Central NY are you? Thee are a few of us in NYC on this board but, depending on where you are, that could be a few hours' commute. There is a group n Binghamton and (eve though it's really Western NY) Buffalo so I'm sure you can find something near you. Welcome to DW and take care!

Metta,

Mike
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Re: Greetings from Central New York

Postby retrofuturist » Tue May 10, 2011 12:11 pm

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

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Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Greetings from Central New York

Postby Ben » Tue May 10, 2011 1:31 pm

Hi Kondanna's Insight and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Wishing you all the best with your search for a Theravadin sangha in NY.
But as Chris says, in the interim, please feel free to treat DW as your online sangha!
kind regards

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Greetings from Central New York

Postby bodom » Tue May 10, 2011 3:41 pm

Welcome Kondanna's Insight!

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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