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 Post subject: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:05 pm 
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Greetings all! I have studied Buddhism for a number of years and have finally come to the realization this is the spiritual path/discipline that speaks to me the most; I have no doubt it's time to fully commit to practice. (I'm 35 and not getting any younger) I just have one problem, which I'm hoping others here can relate and share their experiences and/or suggestions: I live in a fairly rural area of the country (southern Georgia), and the closest Buddhist or meditation center in no less than a two-hour drive. Needless to say, this area is predominantly comprised of conservative Christian communities, which is the faith in which I was raised. I am hoping to connect with others who might share my situation and, perhaps, even find someone willing to be a teacher/mentor (even if it is just through the strokes of a keyboard). I sincerely look forward to hearing from others and being a part of this forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:07 pm 
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Hi ga_green, :smile:

Welcome to Dharma Wheel.

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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:25 pm 
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Hi

I'm not sure which tradition you feel drawn to but you mentioned learning online and these two came to mind:

http://www.bodhicharya.org/bodhicharya-online-shedra/

http://www.namdrolingmt.org/index.php/C ... tails.html

Both offer indepth teachings on Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara.

Wishing you all the best!

Oh...and as it's Lhabab Duchen today, it's an auspicious day for you to be joining Dharmawheel :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:18 pm 
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Thank you very much for the links. I am definitely drawn to Tibetan Buddhism, and will take a good look at the lessons.


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
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I'm sure you'll find others in similar situation around here. Let not that be a problem. :smile:


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:15 pm 
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HOw come all the cool kids are joining those Tibetan homeboys? Why no love for the Chop Suey makers? :( :(

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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:33 pm 
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These might be of interest:

http://onlinelearning.fpmt.org/

http://www.buddhistthought.org/


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:51 am 
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Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:33 am 
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Thank you all for the warm welcomes and teaching suggestions. Tilopa, I was familiar with FPMT, but didn't realize how extensive their web site and learning opportunities were....thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:11 pm 
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BTW the Samye Ling site also offers extensive online courses. And it's not as costly, I think their standard fee is $75 a year. One outfit is Gelug, the other is Kagyu.

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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:59 pm 
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There is a "ASK A TEACHER" section at Zen Forum International. I'm not trying to push you in the direction of Zen but this is something I'm aware of and thought might be helpful. Here is a link to the section

http://www.zenforuminternational.org/vi ... 8f433de811
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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:52 pm 
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Kyosan, thank you for the link. I am by no means partial to any particular school at this time, but I am intrigued most by Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. As a lay person with limited resources, I guess I really don't have a firm understanding about the differences between the two. This is just one reason, of many, I am hoping to reach out and get some feedback. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:40 am 
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Ga_Green,

Namaste, welcome to Dharma Wheel. I can completely relate to your not being close to a meditation or dharma center. There are a couple groups located near me, but transport always seems to be an issue seeing as that they are JUST far enough that you can't walk/bike to them. Hope you find enjoy your visits here at DW!

-dnz _/|\_


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
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Greetings. I also live in a rural area- in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas- and I've found that if you have a desire to locate your Sangha (Community), you will find it. Look for people who are of like mind, and then things will grow from there. I also was raised in a Christian home, which gave me a good foundation for understanding what makes sense and what does not make sense (Think with your heart and not your head). You're on your path, and you know what is best for yourself and the world. Keep it simple- Like John Lennon, Jesus, HH Dalai Lama, and Siddhartha said, "All you need is love." Be as generous as possible with all others and show compassion to even your enemies- Your enemy could have been your mama in a past life. Good luck, and keep on truckin.
Thupten Wodzer :namaste:


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 Post subject: Re: Lone Buddhist
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:48 am 
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Welcome to Dharma Wheel! I have a similar situation with my sangha being over an hour drive (and no reliable transportation to get there... it seriously might as well be 6 hours away...)

Half my heart-sangha is connected thru the virtual world. You will find connections that speak to you as you meet more Buddhists, online and offline.

xoxo

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