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Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby vinasp » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:28 am

Hi everyone,

Having spent the last fifteen years studying Theravada, I feel a need to learn more about the other traditions. Consider me to be a complete novice on these topics. I look forward to learning from you all.

Best wishes, Vincent.
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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:29 am

Hi Vincent, welcome! I recognize you from e-sangha, I'm glad you made your way here :twothumbsup:

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:35 am

Greetings Vincent,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel.

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Tara » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:51 am

Hi Vincent,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby ronnewmexico » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:18 pm

Hello from Cedro, New Mexico.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.
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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Blue Garuda » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:14 pm

vinasp wrote:Hi everyone,

Having spent the last fifteen years studying Theravada, I feel a need to learn more about the other traditions. Consider me to be a complete novice on these topics. I look forward to learning from you all.

Best wishes, Vincent.



Hi.. Take a walk up Gloucester Road for the FWBO and the NKT, or I recommend the Lam Rim sangha as they have 2, yes 2, Lharampa Geshes who teach in Birstol and Cardiff.
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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:27 pm

It is my duty to follow Yeshe around here and post disclaimers after he writes :)

Please look up all of these sanghas or talk to practitioners to get opinions before setting your sights on any one sangha. FWBO and NKT are described as controversial and one of the issues is mentioned in our TOS. The other Sangha would be considered more mainstream.

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Blue Garuda » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:13 pm

LauraJ wrote:It is my duty to follow Yeshe around here and post disclaimers after he writes :)

Please look up all of these sanghas or talk to practitioners to get opinions before setting your sights on any one sangha.

Kindly,
Laura


It's OK, I'm happy to have a shadow - and such a nice one! :)

As I hail from that area, I thought I could offer a suggestion.
They are the only non-Theravadan ones I know. I can endorse Lam Rim from my own experience, for example, as does HHDL. ;)

Maybe a Zennie could mention others.

Purely mentioned as a complement to this esteemed organ of course, as I don't even know if you are looking at visiting sanghas as well as joining us here! :)
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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:52 pm

Yeshe wrote:
LauraJ wrote:It is my duty to follow Yeshe around here and post disclaimers after he writes :)

Please look up all of these sanghas or talk to practitioners to get opinions before setting your sights on any one sangha.

Kindly,
Laura


It's OK, I'm happy to have a shadow - and such a nice one! :)

As I hail from that area, I thought I could offer a suggestion.
They are the only non-Theravadan ones I know. I can endorse Lam Rim from my own experience, for example, as does HHDL. ;)

Maybe a Zennie could mention others.

Purely mentioned as a complement to this esteemed organ of course, as I don't even know if you are looking at visiting sanghas as well as joining us here! :)


Sure, feel free to open a thread about it Yeshe.

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby ronnewmexico » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:28 am

Vincent

Forgot to add....I am just a uneducated layperson with a very small practice of no accomplishment. So if you read anything I write, feel free to take it with a grain of salt. Sometimes I can spell Mahayana correctly..but mostly not.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.
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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby vinasp » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:32 am

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the warm welcome. Yes there are many Buddhist groups in Bristol, but it is difficult for me to get to them. I am 61 years old and do not have a car. The area where I live has virtually no bus service.

Perhaps I should have made it clear that I am only interested in doctrinal matters. Not techniques of meditation, or having a teacher. I just want to know how the teachings differ from Theravada. Research online should be able to answer these questions.

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Huifeng » Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:42 am

vinasp wrote:Hi everyone,

Thanks for the warm welcome. Yes there are many Buddhist groups in Bristol, but it is difficult for me to get to them. I am 61 years old and do not have a car. The area where I live has virtually no bus service.

Perhaps I should have made it clear that I am only interested in doctrinal matters. Not techniques of meditation, or having a teacher. I just want to know how the teachings differ from Theravada. Research online should be able to answer these questions.

Best wishes, Vincent.


Hello Vincent

If one wishes to understand the Mahayana, without Bodhicitta, even if one reads enough sutras and sastras to fill the ancient library of Alexandria, understanding will always remain out of reach.

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby vinasp » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:15 am

Greetings Venerable,

Yes that is true. I suppose the same could be said of Theravada. One could read all the discourses over and over again, but without wisdom (panna) one would never understand them. Just look at most books written by academics!

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby BFS » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:42 pm

vinasp wrote:Hi everyone,

Perhaps I should have made it clear that I am only interested in doctrinal matters. Not techniques of meditation, or having a teacher. I just want to know how the teachings differ from Theravada. Research online should be able to answer these questions.

Best wishes, Vincent.


You may find this source helpful, Vincent.

http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/index.html
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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:36 pm

Hi all,

Please be aware that I've removed some posts that don't pertain to the topic at hand.

Vinasp, welcome and thank you for joining our group! I hope you find something here that's useful.

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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:20 pm

:hi:

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!
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Re: Hello from Bristol, England.

Postby Luke » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:28 pm

Hello Vincent. This site is still pretty new, but it's already bursting with links and information.

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