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Greetings from Ghana!

Postby musikbx » Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:02 pm

Hello everyone,

I am new to the board, and also very new to meditation and the teachings of the Buddha.

I first discovered meditation and Theravada Buddhism this spring, when I began attending regular sittings in New York City. This September I began a year-long volunteer project in Ghana, and since arriving here I have had a great deal of time to dedicate to my practice. I have been reading and learning from many great teachers and I have been in email contact with some of the Sangha members back in New York, but to be honest I am feeling a little isolated here. I am very glad to discover this forum, from reading some of the old posts this seems like a great community and an incredible resource. I am very new and there is still much for me to learn, but I am looking forward to joining the conversation!

My best wishes!

Musikbx

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Re: Greetings from Ghana!

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:07 pm

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

A year long volunteer project, excellent! Peace Corps?

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Re: Greetings from Ghana!

Postby bodom » Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:14 pm

Welcome Musikbx!

: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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http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Greetings from Ghana!

Postby cooran » Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:23 pm

Welcome Musikbx :group:

Love to hear more about your day-to-day work and life.

with metta
Chris
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---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: Greetings from Ghana!

Postby manas » Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:55 pm

Hi musikbx

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

I was lucky enough to do a Unit in African Music at Uni, and got to attempt some of the music of the Ewe (pronounced 'ay - way' as I recall) People , you know the one with drums, bells, vocals, and quite complex polyrhythms. It took quite a while for us white folks to begin to get it, lol...but gosh it's great music. As I recall this music is still being preserved in Ghana.

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Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Greetings from Ghana!

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:07 pm

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: Greetings from Ghana!

Postby Ben » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:20 pm

Greetings musikbx and welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Many of our members are also similarly physically isolated from other Buddhists.
I hope you find here some inspiration and companionship.
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.
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Re: Greetings from Ghana!

Postby musikbx » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:31 am

Thank you all for the kind words of welcome!

I am volunteering with a smaller non-profit that sends American educators to sub-Saharan Africa to train teachers. I have only been here two months, but I am enjoying the work so far! I am in Cape Coast, which is a rather large town. I have access to certain things that my fellow volunteers in smaller villages do not. I am very grateful for this, as I think it has helped me to adjust to the culture shock.

Manasikara: That's really cool that you studied Ewe drumming! I took a beginners course in Ewe drumming this summer and had a blast. I was able to catch a performance of Ewe drumming and dancing the other day, and it was very inspiring. I have been thinking of seeking out a teacher here, I would love to learn more about it!

Ben: Thank you, it is very comforting to hear that there are others here that are experiencing physical isolation from a spiritual community. Isn't it amazing that in this age of technology that we are all able to connect?

I'm very please to be here, thank you all again for your welcoming responses!


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