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New member and Soldier

Postby micah » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:13 am

Hi

My name is Micah

I am a soldier in Korea Texan by Birth age 29.

I found this site trying to find knowledge on last rites.
I know very little of Buddhism and just practice what little I know. I have recently visited small shrine in waegwan outside my base. but never saw a monk. temple empty save statues. I want to be better buddhist and find more buddhists too. but I never find them can somebody help?
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Re: New member and Soldier

Postby Nilasarasvati » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:21 pm

You mean you can't find Buddhists in America?

I think the best place to start is actually by reading or listening to teachings. You might like Pema Chodron's stuff.

It's good if you're in Asia to visit temples and shrines. It can be a great source of inspiration and it may, most importantly, lead you to a teacher or lineage you feel connected to.
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Re: New member and Soldier

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:07 pm

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

Here is the military blog, you might be interested in:
http://buddhistmilitarysangha.blogspot.com/
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Re: New member and Soldier

Postby PorkChop » Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:21 pm

From one Texan to another, welcome to DharmaWheel! :)
David Snyder posted a great link for servicemen that you should check out.
I work on a (ch)Air Force base ;) myself, though I'm not military.
Grew up on Kadena, we used to play sports against Osan, Pusan, and I think even Taegu.
You might want to pick up a book to help get you started, like Thich Nhat Hanh's Old Path White Clouds.
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Re: New member and Soldier

Postby plwk » Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:14 am

You can try to get in touch & connect with these prominent Buddhist organisations in Korea where you are for guidance and teachings (like if they have Buddhism classes, meditation sessions, chanting sessions & so forth). Above all, have lots of patience and perseverance with humans & their organisations & be prepared to travel beyond comfort zones and locality if further/extensive help and progress is in mind. Meanwhile, browse through this forum and start your journey with the introductory resources & the zen forum to pick up on learning and understanding. Here are some samples: Kwan Um School of Zen, Jogye Order & Misc Places
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Re: New member and Soldier

Postby Son of Buddha » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:12 am

micah wrote:Hi

My name is Micah

I am a soldier in Korea Texan by Birth age 29.

I found this site trying to find knowledge on last rites.
I know very little of Buddhism and just practice what little I know. I have recently visited small shrine in waegwan outside my base. but never saw a monk. temple empty save statues. I want to be better buddhist and find more buddhists too. but I never find them can somebody help?


Hey ask around the general population,look for laity Korean Buddhists,they will be able to help you find a temple.

look up Namu Amitabul,read the Larger Amitabha sutra this should give you a foundation,Bhrama Net sutra should help you with a code of conduct.
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Re: New member and Soldier

Postby Huifeng » Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:02 am

Welcome.

The US Military also has some Buddhist chaplains these days.
Maybe ask around, and see if there is one somewhere near you.

~~ Huifeng
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