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Hello from Michigan

Postby sophrosyne » Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:43 am

Hello Dhammawheel,

I am a long-time lurker on this and other Buddhist forums. I am co-moderator of the humble but friendly (last-remaining) LiveJournal Buddhist community. (http://buddhistgroup.livejournal.com/) If you are ever on LJ please drop in and say hello.

I have been studying and practicing the Dhamma for the last 20 years. My primary interests are Early-to-Medieval Indian Buddhism, Paali, and Buddhist Philosophical Ethics. I am not a Theravadin, so I hope I am still welcome here, but my interests and practice overlap mostly with the interests and practice of Theravada. I don't like to stir up debates with traditionalists, as I have learned that it is both futile and infantile. Nevertheless, I may occasionally participate in one of the several heated conversation threads on this forum if I feel like I have something constructive to offer.

My main interest in joining the board is to help bolster my Paali studies. I only started learning Paali about a year ago, so while I can not read fluently yet, I can digest a short Sutta after an hour or two. :-)

It is a pleasure to meet you all.

Best Regards,
Ben
"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. SN 35.23

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Ben
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Re: Hello from Michigan

Postby Ben » Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:08 am

Greetings Ben

Everyone is welcome here, regardless of spiritual affiliation, so long as one has an interest in and respect for the Theravada.
So I hope you feel welcome here. I certainly look forward to your contributions.
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.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Hello from Michigan

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:13 am

Greetings Ben,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Hello from Michigan

Postby bodom » Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:23 am

Welcome Ben!

:anjali:
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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