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A brief introduction...
« on: January 16, 2016, 07:00:18 am »
Hi, all.

My name is Tom Parkes, I am 28 years old and I live approx. 30 miles outside of London, England. I do not consider myself to be Buddhist, but in the last six months or so I have been reading a number of books on the subjects of Buddhism, mindfulness, meditation, etc. and have begun practising meditation for myself. I have found definite benefits to the practices of both mindfulness & meditation, and I also find that I agree with many of the Buddhist concepts that I have come across. This is the first time in my life that I have become involved in any kind of spirituality and, at present, I am pursuing this on my own (although my friends & family are aware of my interest in it).

I decided to search for a forum online that may be able to help me in understanding more about Buddhist teachings, meditation, and also to help with any questions that I may have relating to my own personal situation, etc. It would also be great to meet like-minded individuals, and learn from the knowledge of the community. I hope that this forum will give me this opportunity, and I look forward to meeting you all.

Many thanks,
Tom  :)
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Re: A brief introduction...
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2016, 09:48:24 am »
My name is Tom Parkes, I am 28 years old and I live approx. 30 miles outside of London, England. I do not consider myself to be Buddhist, but in the last six months or so I have been reading a number of books on the subjects of Buddhism, mindfulness, meditation, etc. and have begun practising meditation for myself. I have found definite benefits to the practices of both mindfulness & meditation, and I also find that I agree with many of the Buddhist concepts that I have come across.

Welcome to the forum, Tom.  I live in Suffolk.

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Re: A brief introduction...
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2016, 11:44:24 am »
Thanks, Spiny Norman! Nice to meet you.
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2016, 12:47:26 pm »
Welcome to the forum, I live 40 miles from London.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2016, 02:59:25 pm »
Thanks, Owl. Nice to meet you  :)
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Re: A brief introduction...
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2016, 06:36:32 pm »
Nice to see you aboard, tomparkes.

Especially happy to see someone who can keep an eye on Spiny for us.

Look forward to reading your posts as you are willing to share.

Ron
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A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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