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Lone Buddhist

Postby ga_green » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:05 pm

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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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby purple rose » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:07 pm

Hi ga_green, :smile:

Welcome to Dharma Wheel.

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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby MrDistracted » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:25 pm

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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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby ga_green » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:18 pm

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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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby Dechen Norbu » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:48 pm

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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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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby Thug4lyfe » Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:15 pm

HOw come all the cool kids are joining those Tibetan homeboys? Why no love for the Chop Suey makers? :( :(
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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby Tilopa » Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:33 pm

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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:51 am

:hi:

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby ga_green » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:33 am

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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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby catmoon » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:11 pm

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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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby Kyosan » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:59 pm

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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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby ga_green » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:52 pm

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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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby do_not_zzz » Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:40 am

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!

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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby poyntersteve » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:53 pm

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.
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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby Ogyen » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:48 am

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.

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Re: Lone Buddhist

Postby Qian Zheng Yi » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:44 pm

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