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hi ya'll from SF

Postby coldwater » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:12 am

Hello,

I poke around Dharma Wheel sometimes, interesting to articles and issues that are of concern to other traditions and practices. Reminds me of the limits of my own SF bubble and how much vast the dharma world is than what I've known.

Predominately my study has been through Gelugpa (via the FPMT) and Tendai (via Mt.Cobb). My practice over about 16 years has mostly just been plodding slowly through various ups and down of life with 'Bodhisattva's way of life', the Lam Rim and the Lotus Sutra as my references and inspiration.

My secular background is that I am a master's degree seeking student in 'Traditional Chinese Medicine' and Qi Gong.

I am very interested in healthcare/health practices as a method of self-cultivation and using the experience of illness/health as a way to transform our mind and open our hearts.

gassho,
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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby lowlydog » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:16 am

Welcome coldwater :hi:
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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby Sara H » Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:19 am

Hello, Welcome!

I hope you find the place warm, and enjoy your stay!

*smiles warmly*

In Gassho,

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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby lobster » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:05 am

:twothumbsup: Stay well.
I like doing Qi-ong. Mostly been doing yoga of late. Probably will do more qi-ong when older. Wonderful system. :namaste:
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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby Yudron » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:54 am

Hi Coldwater. I'm from across the Bay. I've taken classes at Tse Chen Ling, but I'm a Nyingma girl at heart. Thank you for practicing for all sentient beings!
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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby floating_abu » Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:21 am

Welcome Lance, you forgot to inform the audience about your association with Mondo, but I guess they can see your posts for that.

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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby coldwater » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:53 am

Hello,

Thanks all!

Yudron- Tse Chen Ling is where I first began, when they were located in Glen Park. Then they moved into that Victorian and now I don't know. Impermanence at work! One of the yoga teacher's at my work was a resident at the Nyingma Institute (I believe it was called?) for some years. Never been there but I don't make it out to the east bay much really. Did you participate in that Dharmapalooza (or was it is Sanghapalooza) event in the East Bay? I just heard about after but it sounded interesting.

Lobster-Qi-ong is basically Chinese cooked yoga! Or maybe yoga is Indian cooked Qi-ong...? but I think there was a lot of recipe sharing throughout Asia via pilgrims, traders and the silk road trades. Wasn't there though, so I am just guessing. All breathing mindfully and gentle movement. Same same?

Abu- Yes, I do associate with people in Mondo. I also have practiced with at some point, associate with and have friends who are Hindus, Muslims, SGI, Kagyu, Soto, Rinzai, Hare Krishna, Scientologists, Jews, Sikhs, Cha'n, Jodo Shinshu, Baptists and Catholics.

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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby Yudron » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:55 am

coldwater wrote:Hello,

Thanks all!

Yudron- Tse Chen Ling is where I first began, when they were located in Glen Park. Then they moved into that Victorian and now I don't know. Impermanence at work! One of the yoga teacher's at my work was a resident at the Nyingma Institute (I believe it was called?) for some years. Never been there but I don't make it out to the east bay much really. Did you participate in that Dharmapalooza (or was it is Sanghapalooza) event in the East Bay? I just heard about after but it sounded interesting.

-lance


I haven't heard about Dharmapalooza. I'll look it up. I've taken a couple of Tibetan language classes at the Nyingma institute, but I'm afraid it's not my scene.

Are you affiliated mainly with the Tendai at this point?
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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby coldwater » Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:08 am

Hi Yudron,

It is called Sangha-palooza! I just looked it up...

I remembered...I went to Tsewong Sitar Rinpoche's ngondro talk recently. He is Nyingma from Bhutan, first Nyingma event I've been to. Much more lay and yogi focused than Gelugpa by contrast. It was interesting. Do you know of him? I guess I do get to the East Bay a little!

Yes my affiliation and practice is Tendai-Shugendo primarily. I do owe a lot to the FPMT though. Dharma organizations weren't my scene I discovered but the FPMT gave me a lot of support during my time with. Mostly my path has sorta been 2 steps forward 1 step back with some turns I suppose.

And if you are curious about Tendai at all... Keisho, the Tendai monk in Nothern California, is giving a dharma talk Sunday Dec.9th in SF. The topic is "Hinayana, Mahayana and Mantrayana" I could send you the info if you like.

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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:33 pm

:hi:
Welcome to Dharma Wheel!
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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby waimengwan » Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:05 pm

Welcome!
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Re: hi ya'll from SF

Postby relay » Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:25 am

Welcome from New York, US.

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