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Hello from London, UK

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tilakkhana
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Hello from London, UK

Postby tilakkhana » Mon May 03, 2010 10:55 am

Hello to everybody here. My name is Zac and I am 21 years old, originally from Australia but moved to the UK 7 years ago and have been living here in London ever since.

I've only just started out on the Theravada path - I come from a background of Western Occultism and Magick, and I really did think that path was going to give me more than enough to do for the rest of my life... but I got thrown a bit of a curve ball, mistakenly stumbled across some Dhamma teachings and that was it, I was absolutely hooked. The more I study Theravada, the less I want to control the world and my surroundings by magickal acts of willpower.

Bhikkhu Bodhi's The Noble Eightfold Path is the book that has changed everything for me, the direction I thought I was going in.

For those who are interested in reading my (fairly brief) story, I have set up a livejournal where I will be writing about my experiences on my path.

http://tilakkhana.livejournal.com

I went to a weekend retreat at Amaravati Monastery in Hemel Hempstead, UK. It's a Thereavada monastery in the Thai Forest tradition, under the abbotship of Ajahn Sumedho. I'm sure many of you are familiar. It was a wonderfully eye-opening experience and I am going back for another 5 days at the end of this month. I may be going for refuge and taking the precepts from an Ajahn there soon also.

My current goals are to practice samatha and try to achieve access concentration on the way to the first jhana - but I'm not putting pressure on myself or having expectations of attainments at this stage. I am just practising.

I look forward to discussing with you all. Many blessings upon the path.

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Ben
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Re: Hello from London, UK

Postby Ben » Mon May 03, 2010 11:49 am

Hi tilakkhana

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
With respect to your goal to achieve access concentration - be sure to take refuge and to maintain your precepts. The development of samadhi depends on maintaining sila. The better the sila, the better the concentration (generally).
I look forward to getting to know you.
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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bodom
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Re: Hello from London, UK

Postby bodom » Mon May 03, 2010 1:43 pm

Welcome tilakkhana!

: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


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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retrofuturist
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Re: Hello from London, UK

Postby retrofuturist » Mon May 03, 2010 9:19 pm

Greetings tilakkhana,

Thanks for the introduction - good to hear you're benefiting from Theravada.

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

Metta,
Retro. :)
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"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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Dhammabodhi
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Re: Hello from London, UK

Postby Dhammabodhi » Mon May 03, 2010 9:26 pm

Wecome to Dhamma Wheel! Your bog is nice! :)
"Take rest, take rest."-S.N.Goenka

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Re: Hello from London, UK

Postby retrofuturist » Tue May 04, 2010 6:48 am

"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

Moggalana
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Re: Hello from London, UK

Postby Moggalana » Tue May 04, 2010 9:58 am

Let it come. Let it be. Let it go.

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Dhammabodhi
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Re: Hello from London, UK

Postby Dhammabodhi » Wed May 05, 2010 3:27 pm

ROF

:rofl:

seriously I should get my L fixed soon!:)
"Take rest, take rest."-S.N.Goenka


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