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FreeSangha Crier => Introductions => Topic started by: humanitas on November 21, 2009, 09:55:37 pm

Title: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on November 21, 2009, 09:55:37 pm
Hi - Introduce yourself here! This is the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers who don't want to start a new topic for their introduction. Or you may post a new topic if you'd like your own introduction!

Many Thanks to Arya-Shraman's idea
Quote from: Arya-Shravak Shraman
I think there should be a single thread where everyone can Introduce themselves. Starting a new topic just to say Hi seemed like a waste of space (Though its free). You can introduce yourself here if you like my idea.

I am Arya-Shravak Shraman. I am from India. I do practice Vipassana. Interested in non sectarian universal all-inclusive Dhamma and peaceful sharing of information.

Love and peace.



Welcome and thank you for joining Free-Sangha.  My Buddhist name is Ogyen Chodzom.  My real name is Daphne.  For those of  you from e-sangha, I was Syzygy.  We look forward to practicing and growing with you!


Om Mani Padme Hum

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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Arya-Shraman on December 11, 2009, 04:49:08 am
I think there should be a single thread where everyone can Introduce themselves. Starting a new topic just to say Hi seemed like a waste of space (Though its free :) ) . You can introduce yourself here if you like my idea .

I am Arya-Shravak Shraman.I am from India. I do practice Vipassana .Interested in non sectarian universal all-inclusive Dhamma and peaceful sharing of information.

Love and peace.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 11, 2009, 05:17:55 am
Welcome!
OK, why not... I'll sticky this topic, so newcomers can choose if they want to introduce themselves here or in an individual topic.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on December 24, 2009, 04:50:00 pm
Hi, I'm dhammaseeker51 but really Peter Power in real life!
I'm looking for an alternative to the Buddhist community forum which is suffering from a lot of offensive and very unBuddhist postings. I dont know if it can be rescued or not, but its really a shame that most of the original subscribers seem to have left because of a few individuals causing the trouble.
Hope it can't happen here!
with metta to all.   
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on December 24, 2009, 05:00:21 pm
Hi, I'm dhammaseeker51 but really Peter Power in real life!
I'm looking for an alternative to the Buddhist community forum which is suffering from a lot of offensive and very unBuddhist postings. I dont know if it can be rescued or not, but its really a shame that most of the original subscribers seem to have left because of a few individuals causing the trouble.
Hope it can't happen here!
with metta to all.   

Welcome Peter!  SO nice to see you here!!  It won't happen here.  May you benefit from your time at freesangha, and may freesangha as well benefit from your presence!

 :anjali:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: rickadkins on December 26, 2009, 02:59:24 pm
I'm Rick, and was on e-sangha for a couple of years before it evaporated.  I then tried Buddhist Community. This is more to my liking-the negativity that seemed to ooze from BC was really offensive.  

I've been a practitioner for several years now, and look forward to learning and sharing with the folks at FreeSangha.   :buddha:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on December 26, 2009, 03:05:05 pm
I'm Rick, and was on e-sangha for a couple of years before it evaporated.  I then tried Buddhist Community. This is more to my liking-the negativity that seemed to ooze from BC was really offensive.  

I've been a practitioner for several years now, and look forward to learning and sharing with the folks at FreeSangha.   :buddha:

Welcome Rick!  It's so wonderful to see you here! :hug:  We look forward to seeing more of you here!   :danz:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: justsit on December 27, 2009, 06:55:16 pm
Another E-sangha refugee.
Nice to see all the familiar faces.  :bow:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on December 27, 2009, 07:00:50 pm
Another E-sangha refugee.
Nice to see all the familiar faces.  :bow:

I'm so ridiculously happy to see you join us!  May you benefit from FreeSangha!  :bow:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: justsit on December 27, 2009, 07:23:24 pm
Thanks!  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Tsomo on December 28, 2009, 04:40:21 pm
 :dharma:Hello to old friends and to all! ! My name is Tsomo, and Anna too. I am dutch, therefore speak/write funny english! I am a non-sectarian student and practitioner of the priceless Buddha Dharma. Many buddhist traditions have done and do, and all buddhist traditions can enrich my spiritual visions and experiences. There are as many buddhist paths to enlightenment as that there are people. Nobody else sees the same apple in the same way as I do. I am focusing on Amitabha's Pure Land. I am looking forward to follow the inspiring conversations, discussions, healthy debates, hopefully contribute some wisdom too, and enjoy the Free Sangha experience. Many thanks to the creators of Free Sangha! Om Ami Dewa Hri!               
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on December 28, 2009, 07:14:23 pm
:dharma:Hello to old friends and to all! ! My name is Tsomo, and Anna too. I am dutch, therefore speak/write funny english! I am a non-sectarian student and practitioner of the priceless Buddha Dharma. Many buddhist traditions have done and do, and all buddhist traditions can enrich my spiritual visions and experiences. There are as many buddhist paths to enlightenment as that there are people. Nobody else sees the same apple in the same way as I do. I am focusing on Amitabha's Pure Land. I am looking forward to follow the inspiring conversations, discussions, healthy debates, hopefully contribute some wisdom too, and enjoy the Free Sangha experience. Many thanks to the creators of Free Sangha! Om Ami Dewa Hri!               

Welcome to FreeSangha Tsomo Anna.   May we all benefit from your contributions to the forums.   :anjali:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: chingfordsteve1979 on December 30, 2009, 03:13:30 pm
Hi i'm Steve,

I was a member of the Buddhist Community webiste , however alot of my friends are here i see by there postings, due to the site now being taken over by thoughts and inconsiderate people

I'm from London, and have been following th path of Buddhism for 2 and half year now , whilst under taking the teachings of the ' Awaken Heart ' by Lama Shenpen Hookham , and will be taking my Bodhisattva vows in June 2010

Hi to all old friends and new

Much Metta

Steve
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on December 30, 2009, 09:52:24 pm
Hi i'm Steve,

I was a member of the Buddhist Community webiste , however alot of my friends are here i see by there postings, due to the site now being taken over by thoughts and inconsiderate people

I'm from London, and have been following th path of Buddhism for 2 and half year now , whilst under taking the teachings of the ' Awaken Heart ' by Lama Shenpen Hookham , and will be taking my Bodhisattva vows in June 2010

Hi to all old friends and new

Much Metta

Steve

Hello Steve, it's so nice to see you here!  Indeed, many have moved here...  :hi: Thanks for joining us!  May you have lots of fun on this board.  :clap:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Chokyi Wangpo on December 31, 2009, 05:13:05 am
Hi, I'm dhammaseeker51 but really Peter Power in real life!
I'm looking for an alternative to the Buddhist community forum which is suffering from a lot of offensive and very unBuddhist postings. I dont know if it can be rescued or not, but its really a shame that most of the original subscribers seem to have left because of a few individuals causing the trouble.
Hope it can't happen here!
with metta to all.   

I'm sorry but I have to ask. Is your name really Peter Power? If it is why haven't you started your own line of men's "improvement" products replete with late night infomercials.

Something ala
Sean Connery: I've got to ask you about the Penis Mightier.

Alex Trebek: What? No. No, no, that is The Pen is Mightier.

Sean Connery: Gussy it up however you want, Trebek. What matters is does it work? Will it really mighty my penis, man?

Alex Trebek: It's not a product, Mr. Connery.

Sean Connery: Because I've ordered devices like that before - wasted a pretty penny, I don't mind telling you. And if The Penis Mightier works, I'll order a dozen.

Alex Trebek: It's not a Penis Mightier, Mr. Connery. There's no such thing!

Nicholas Cage: Wait, wait, wait.. are you selling Penis Mightiers?

Alex Trebek: No! No, I'm not.

Sean Connery: Well, you're sitting on a gold mine, Trebek!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: rlhorner on January 05, 2010, 12:21:00 pm
Hello, I'm Rebecca from Kent (now living in London)

I've also been directed here after Buddhist Community was bombarded with trolling in its early stages, which is a shame. I'm still comparatively new to Buddhist practice, and looking for friends, especially those in London, or those practicing in Tibetan and Zen (although I recognise the value of all traditions). I've just begun my History BA at university, and am very excited about the whole thing ^_^.  :dharma:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wonky Badger on January 05, 2010, 12:24:08 pm
Hi Rebecca! Welcome to FreeSangha!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on January 05, 2010, 03:26:19 pm
Welcome, and may you benefit from your time here!!   :headbow:

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/phaend/welcomecarpet.jpg)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Joy Stone on January 08, 2010, 01:43:58 am
Hi,

First took refuge in '87.

Studied many traditions (and continuing to study).  Maybe can be helpful.

sincerely,
Joy Stone





 



 





Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on January 08, 2010, 03:50:34 am
Hi,

First took refuge in '87.

Studied many traditions (and continuing to study).  Maybe can be helpful.

sincerely,
Joy Stone

Hi, Joy.  Welcome to Freesangha.
We have many fine women practitioners here on the boards.  Since you are an old timer with regard to your practice, perhaps your experiences would be helpful in The Women's forum.  I look forward to reading what you bring to share with us.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on January 08, 2010, 02:52:16 pm
Hi,

First took refuge in '87.

Studied many traditions (and continuing to study).  Maybe can be helpful.

sincerely,
Joy Stone


Welcome!! I'll second Ron in saying I look forward to what you bring to FreeSangha!!  May you benefit from your time here!  

:anjali:
Ogyen.

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/phaend/welcome_mat.jpg)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wonky Badger on January 11, 2010, 12:55:35 am
Welcome Joy!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Joy Stone on January 11, 2010, 02:26:32 am
Thanks for the welcomings.

And, Ron, this Joy is a boy! 

Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on January 11, 2010, 06:48:54 am
Thanks for the welcomings.

And, Ron, this Joy is a boy! 




Ah! and Ooops!

See what happens when you start collecting Social Security and Medicare!

Impermanence is alive and well! :smack:

In my mind I went from being a lovable, well meaning, welcoming, and thoughtfull kind old man, to a confused and incompetent old fart in just a few thousand mind-moments, the temporal duration between reading your post, and the mind-moment I realized (yet again) the embarrassing consequences of my numerous gender-biased assumptions.

Thanks for thumping my beaker, reminding me, making me aware, and relieving me of one of my many delusions and social short-comings.  :wacky:

Some time I will have to tell you the story of when I gave a New York City construction-worker style wolf whistle directed at a gentleman with beautiful well kempt down-to-the-hip length hair walking with his back toward me.  I got really funny looks from the rest of the construction team for the rest of the day.
 
My apologies for ............ Well, you know. :gawrsh:

At least I didn't mistake you for a dishwashing liquid sold back in the 1960's.

(http://whatsinproducts.com/brand_images/b_thumb/thumb_8303_16003843%20Image%20Joy%20Dishwashing%20Liquid.jpg)

Welcome aboard in any event. :D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on January 11, 2010, 12:53:54 pm
 :ishift:

how funny.   :lmfao:

Sorry Ron, that was just classic.  I had a Tootsie moment.  I'm sure you're laughing with me too right now.  :hug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Joy Stone on January 11, 2010, 10:50:14 pm
No problem Ron.

And speaking of assumptions, sometime I'll have to tell you the story about when I was in college and had started working part-time on an assembly-line at a factory and while on a lunch break, just to chit-chat, asked the woman who I'd been working next to for the past couple of weeks,  "When's the baby due?"  To which she answered, "I'm. Not. Pregnant".  I think the look she gave me will somehow still hurt for many, many lifetimes.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: heybai on January 16, 2010, 09:24:39 pm
No problem Ron.

And speaking of assumptions, sometime I'll have to tell you the story about when I was in college and had started working part-time on an assembly-line at a factory and while on a lunch break, just to chit-chat, asked the woman who I'd been working next to for the past couple of weeks,  "When's the baby due?"  To which she answered, "I'm. Not. Pregnant".  I think the look she gave me will somehow still hurt for many, many lifetimes.


Ouch!  I felt that one too!  We all put a foot in the mouth now and again, however, so I suggest you let go of that gaff.  Too much stuff to deal with in this life.  How about this instead:   :teehee: :lmfao: at ourselves!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: terry on January 24, 2010, 06:53:48 am
Hi, My name is Terry living in Eryri/North Wales and student of Vajrayana (Kagyu) and Rime.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on January 24, 2010, 07:10:39 am
Greetings Terry.  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on January 24, 2010, 07:38:58 am
Hi, Terry.

Another Welshman here.  Mother was Welsh and German American.  Father Italian and Sicillian American. 

Have been working diligently to improve my Welshness over the years by eating The Grape Jelly of our mutual national heritage every morning with a little butter and toast.  Hope you have been doing the same.   :-bd

(http://www.welchs.com/media/29635/product_detail_jars.jpg)
 

Looking forward to reading your posts in days to come. :D

_/\_  Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jechan on January 26, 2010, 10:42:57 pm
Hello everyone,

Finally I found a Buddhist forum! After e-sangha closed I have been looking for another and its good to see alot of the e-sangha users on this site, so I know Ive found a good one. Look forward to helpful and insightful discussions again.

Jechan
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on January 26, 2010, 10:53:53 pm
Hi, Jechan.

Good to see you here.

Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on January 27, 2010, 08:13:03 am
Welcome, Jechan!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: heybai on January 28, 2010, 06:48:39 am
Hi Jechan.  Having been here for nearly a month, I find I am a seasoned vet!   It seems like a friendly place, with lots of our old buddies from e-sangha trickling in, but also new faces I didn't meet there.  FS is still small, which certainly has its merits.  It's easy to get to know almost anyone who is fairly active after a few logins.

I join the others here in saying we hope to hear more from you in the coming weeks and months.

Welcome!

(http://www.memorialgallerypets.com/ProductImages/garysteinborn/jade-buddha-cat-urn.gif)

Best wishes,
heybai
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on January 29, 2010, 03:51:23 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha!  We are so very glad you joined us here!  May all benefit from your time here.

 :headbow:
Ogyen.
(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/phaend/welcomecarpet.jpg)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jovial prankster on February 09, 2010, 12:22:41 pm
Hi, J.P. logging in.
Late 40's Wayward Taoist / Naughty Buddhist  :fu:
Firefighter, Motorcyclist & Free Thinker  :wacky:
I know enough to know I know nothing  :teehee:

Live in the South West of the UK. That's about it really.......
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on February 09, 2010, 02:20:01 pm
Hi, JP.  Welcome a-board.

Glad to meet someone from my ancestral regions.  My Maternal Grandmother was Welsh.

Look forward to reading your words.

_/\_Ron

Hi, J.P. logging in.
Late 40's Wayward Taoist / Naughty Buddhist  :fu:
Firefighter, Motorcyclist & Free Thinker  :wacky:
I know enough to know I know nothing  :teehee:

Live in the South West of the UK. That's about it really.......
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ShanJieshi on February 12, 2010, 11:24:17 am
im Shan Jieshi, from argentina...its good to be here.. you can find me in facebook too..


saludos!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on February 12, 2010, 11:28:27 am
im Shan Jieshi, from argentina...its good to be here.. you can find me in facebook too..


saludos!

Greetings.  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on February 12, 2010, 02:20:35 pm
im Shan Jieshi, from argentina...its good to be here.. you can find me in facebook too..


saludos!

Welcome! It's always nice to see a new face. Maybe we need to start a map of where our members are in the world. The global reach of FreeSangha is growing!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Boodust on February 26, 2010, 02:10:05 am
:namaste: Hello, I used to post on the e-sangha chat once in a while. Nice to find another Buddhist forum up and running. I am a solitary learner, unaffiliated in a formal way with any particular lineage. My first introduction to Buddhism was many, many years ago when I heard His Holiness the Dalai Lama give a talk at Syracuse University Bailey Hall. I was much impressed by his ability to present  clear thoughts, by his good, high spirit, by his genuine good will, and by his humble demeanor. Very clear he seemed to me and so real and solid.  I find little in other traditions that speaks to me so thoroughly (well, a little Taoism). I am a life-time used and antiquarian bookseller by trade and avocation.  - Boodust
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on February 26, 2010, 11:58:46 pm
Boodust, I am glad you have come to join us here at FreeSangha. Sometimes I introduce myself as an unaffiliated practitioner. It is a lot easier than trying to explain that I am a dhamma hussie, gladly reading whatever I can get my hands on...
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Javamahasattva on February 27, 2010, 12:21:27 am
im Shan Jieshi, from argentina...its good to be here.. you can find me in facebook too..


saludos!

My friend, so you just think you can sneak in here and join the forum without letting me know, not even a PM to let me know what the cat dragged in? LOL


Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on February 27, 2010, 07:07:08 pm
Welcome.

Don't forget to explore the various forums, especially since you have a broad interest.

Look forward to reading your posts.

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Angie Maul on March 14, 2010, 07:24:15 am
Hii... I am Angie Maul of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia....
I joined this site because i feel that I need to find the correct way of life... I feel that I lost my life... the real life that I wanted to find about.... I want to know more about BUDDHA life, the teaching and many more...
Thank you.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: t on March 14, 2010, 08:05:24 am
Selamat Datang Angie....good to see a fellow citizen...hope you find this place useful  :grouphug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: catmoon on March 15, 2010, 11:52:39 pm
Hallo from Canada. I'm here lookin fer Caz Namyaw, if he hasn't gotten himself in a load of trouble and booted yet....
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on March 16, 2010, 01:58:15 am
Hey!  Catmoon.

We've got a Caz, but (I) don't know anybody with the last name you mentioned.

Welcome.  Enjoy your stay.  Relax.  Try not to think too much about The QEW.   :lmfao:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: catmoon on March 16, 2010, 02:39:48 am
Hey!  Catmoon.

We've got a Caz, but (I) don't know anybody with the last name you mentioned.

Welcome.  Enjoy your stay.  Relax.  Try not to think too much about The QEW.   :lmfao:

Ok. tnks. So... why would I be thinking about Queen Elizabeth's Wallabee anyhow?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on March 16, 2010, 04:24:04 am
Hallo from Canada. I'm here lookin fer Caz Namyaw, if he hasn't gotten himself in a load of trouble and booted yet....

Hello  :hug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on March 16, 2010, 07:44:28 am
See Caz. Just like I told you, you have a fan club.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on March 16, 2010, 08:56:14 am
See Caz. Just like I told you, you have a fan club.

 :hug:

Catmoon a fan club ?  :teehee:
I miss the guy so i invited him here.  :jinsyx:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: aintnoI on March 16, 2010, 04:22:42 pm
Someone who as attended meditation classes (kadampa) for two years who finds the Buddhist approach to life leaves a lot of questions and supplys a lot of answers, thought it would not hurt to sign up and have a mooch on here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on March 16, 2010, 09:11:04 pm
Hello, aintnoI. Welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on March 17, 2010, 02:48:02 am
Someone who as attended meditation classes (kadampa) for two years who finds the Buddhist approach to life leaves a lot of questions and supplys a lot of answers, thought it would not hurt to sign up and have a mooch on here.

Welcome friend i hope you enjoy freesangha  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Webgoji on March 18, 2010, 10:43:01 am
Well, here again is the Webgoji (which should make Catmoon's fur stand on end and amuse Caz to no end).  I've been doing a little lurking and noticed that this forum lacks the usual name-calling nonsense and seemed to focus on more meaningful discussions.  So I thought I would give it a test to see how things went.

I have been an active member of The New Kadampa Tradition for about 2 years now (*run in zig zags, run in zig zags, they can't target you if you run in zig zags*  :wink1: ).  Even after the earnest work of my most kind resident teacher trying to tame this bull elephant of a mind I have, I still must profess an incessant obsession with Oreo cookies (I still swear they're inherently existent).

Best wishes to you all,
 :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on March 18, 2010, 10:44:51 am
Well, here again is the Webgoji (which should make Catmoon's fur stand on end and amuse Caz to no end).  I've been doing a little lurking and noticed that this forum lacks the usual name-calling nonsense and seemed to focus on more meaningful discussions.  So I thought I would give it a test to see how things went.

I have been an active member of The New Kadampa Tradition for about 2 years now (*run in zig zags, run in zig zags, they can't target you if you run in zig zags*  :wink1: ).  Even after the earnest work of my most kind resident teacher trying to tame this bull elephant of a mind I have, I still must profess an incessant obsession with Oreo cookies (I still swear they're inherently existent).

Best wishes to you all,
 :namaste:

Yay Webgoji I havent seen you in like since forever !!!  :hug:
Horray !!!

 :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Webgoji on March 18, 2010, 10:59:47 am
Well, here again is the Webgoji (which should make Catmoon's fur stand on end and amuse Caz to no end).  I've been doing a little lurking and noticed that this forum lacks the usual name-calling nonsense and seemed to focus on more meaningful discussions.  So I thought I would give it a test to see how things went.

I have been an active member of The New Kadampa Tradition for about 2 years now (*run in zig zags, run in zig zags, they can't target you if you run in zig zags*  :wink1: ).  Even after the earnest work of my most kind resident teacher trying to tame this bull elephant of a mind I have, I still must profess an incessant obsession with Oreo cookies (I still swear they're inherently existent).

Best wishes to you all,
 :namaste:

Yay Webgoji I havent seen you in like since forever !!!  :hug:
Horray !!!

 :pray:

Hehe, yep.  I've been hiding.  How are you friend?  I've seen your trail on a few other forums I lurked about on, getting ready for the Summer Festival I would suppose?  Has Tara Center been doing well?

I did manage to go to both the Midwest and Southwest Dharma Celebrations in this past year (both times I had the amazing good fortune of being able to sit and talk with Gen-la Dekyong . . . what meaningful experiences).  I've been jonesing to have some meaningful discussions outside of answering questions for new students (it's kinda tough to debate emptiness teachings with someone who has never heard the term) so I thought I would pop on and say hi.

Soooo . . .

hi
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on March 18, 2010, 11:08:14 am
Well, here again is the Webgoji (which should make Catmoon's fur stand on end and amuse Caz to no end).  I've been doing a little lurking and noticed that this forum lacks the usual name-calling nonsense and seemed to focus on more meaningful discussions.  So I thought I would give it a test to see how things went.

I have been an active member of The New Kadampa Tradition for about 2 years now (*run in zig zags, run in zig zags, they can't target you if you run in zig zags*  :wink1: ).  Even after the earnest work of my most kind resident teacher trying to tame this bull elephant of a mind I have, I still must profess an incessant obsession with Oreo cookies (I still swear they're inherently existent).

Best wishes to you all,
 :namaste:

Yay Webgoji I havent seen you in like since forever !!!  :hug:
Horray !!!

 :pray:

Hehe, yep.  I've been hiding.  How are you friend?  I've seen your trail on a few other forums I lurked about on, getting ready for the Summer Festival I would suppose?  Has Tara Center been doing well?

I did manage to go to both the Midwest and Southwest Dharma Celebrations in this past year (both times I had the amazing good fortune of being able to sit and talk with Gen-la Dekyong . . . what meaningful experiences).  I've been jonesing to have some meaningful discussions outside of answering questions for new students (it's kinda tough to debate emptiness teachings with someone who has never heard the term) so I thought I would pop on and say hi.

Soooo . . .

hi

How wonderful you have come to join us  :hug:
Tara centre seems to be doing well Gen kelsang Jigme is an excellent teacher, im off to the spring festival us usually this year  :jinsyx:
It is good to have you here will you be staying with us ? i would hope so you bring in valueable wisdom along with you  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: sergiopernas on March 30, 2010, 01:39:07 am
Hello! I'm new here :blush: I'm Sergio, from Spain. I live in a little (so-so) city up north, A Coruña. I started looking at buddhism a while ago, but I think I'm ready to take some more steps and take practice into my life and commit to it. It seems like the right time to do so. I'm specially attracted to the Tibetan branches: structured path, ethics, study, rules... Right now I feel more comfortable with that approach (at least that's my prior and external view of it). Anyway, I may have to dig further, but in my home city there are a couple of Tibetan Buddhist communities, and to them I will turn to. They're Gelug both, under FPMT I think.
Well, here I am, ready to learn and practice, let's go!

Sergio
 :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on March 30, 2010, 02:05:38 am
Hello! I'm new here :blush: I'm Sergio, from Spain. I live in a little (so-so) city up north, A Coruña. I started looking at buddhism a while ago, but I think I'm ready to take some more steps and take practice into my life and commit to it. It seems like the right time to do so. I'm specially attracted to the Tibetan branches: structured path, ethics, study, rules... Right now I feel more comfortable with that approach (at least that's my prior and external view of it). Anyway, I may have to dig further, but in my home city there are a couple of Tibetan Buddhist communities, and to them I will turn to. They're Gelug both, under FPMT I think.
Well, here I am, ready to learn and practice, let's go!

Sergio
 :namaste:

Welcome sergio enjoy your stay !  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: louise on March 31, 2010, 06:56:04 am
hello to everyone, im louise, havent had internet for a year glad to be back online, actually feeling pretty low today,didnt get the job ive been training for , for the last 6 months ive been non stop on the job training as teaching assistant volunteer,if anyone can give me a boost that would be great, ive been budddhist for 10 years now, but my goodness i need alot more lifetimes as a human being to even get meditation down to a t, any way look forward to advice , discussions , and general chit chat, with a few smiles along the way, and nearly forgot hello to caz my friend. :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on March 31, 2010, 07:20:09 am
hello to everyone, im louise, havent had internet for a year glad to be back online, actually feeling pretty low today,didnt get the job ive been training for , for the last 6 months ive been non stop on the job training as teaching assistant volunteer,if anyone can give me a boost that would be great, ive been budddhist for 10 years now, but my goodness i need alot more lifetimes as a human being to even get meditation down to a t, any way look forward to advice , discussions , and general chit chat, with a few smiles along the way, and nearly forgot hello to caz my friend. :namaste:

Cheer up louise ! My friend, This to shall pass !  :pray:
It is nice to see you back online friend ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kaylee_S on April 12, 2010, 01:52:31 pm
Hello everyone, greetings from Germany.
I "discovered" Buddhism only a short time ago, but it feels like I've finally found a home for my thoughts... if that makes any sense :)
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Post by: Monkey Mind on April 12, 2010, 01:57:12 pm
Welcome, Kaylee!
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Post by: Arya-Shraman on April 12, 2010, 02:00:54 pm
welcome,Just sent you a welcome message
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on April 12, 2010, 02:11:18 pm
Hello everyone, greetings from Germany.
I "discovered" Buddhism only a short time ago, but it feels like I've finally found a home for my thoughts... if that makes any sense :)

Welcome Kaylee ! loook forward to you sharing your thoughts  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: yoglok on April 26, 2010, 08:03:30 am
Hello. My name is yoglok. I have great joy in joining this group. Looking forward to making some good friends and sharing and discussing Buddha's teachings...
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on April 26, 2010, 08:06:37 am
Hello. My name is yoglok. I have great joy in joining this group. Looking forward to making some good friends and sharing and discussing Buddha's teachings...

Welcome, yoglok.

How did you come to find out about FreeSangha?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on April 26, 2010, 08:10:06 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, yoglok.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wonky Badger on April 26, 2010, 08:16:30 am
Welcome to the boards, yoglok!  :hi:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on April 26, 2010, 01:57:03 pm
Hello. My name is yoglok. I have great joy in joining this group. Looking forward to making some good friends and sharing and discussing Buddha's teachings...

Welcome friend !  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: iDharma on April 29, 2010, 04:12:46 pm
Hi, my name is Carrie.  I've been practicing Buddhism since 2004.  I haven't found the right sangha in the town where I live, so I'm kind of a sole practitioner.  I'm very interested in connecting with Buddhists from various streams of Buddhist practice and learning from them.  I am a member of the "Twangha" on Twitter and from time to time post to my blog (dharmasattva8.blogspot.com (http://dharmasattva8.blogspot.com)).  I'm here to learn and look forward to learning from all of you.

Namaste _/|\_

 :dharma:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on April 29, 2010, 06:16:40 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Carrie. I hope you enjoy the forum.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on April 29, 2010, 06:37:29 pm
Hi Carrie, welcome!  I hope you find Freesangha to be useful  :)

Best,
Laura
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on April 30, 2010, 08:13:25 am
Hello, Carrie.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: zerwe on May 04, 2010, 08:56:30 pm
Hi, I am Zerwe. AKA--Shaun. I am in the southeastern US. I have spent a large part of my life in search of a path, tried different modes of living and have surveyed/studied some Buddhist (and other spiritual) literature over the years. More recently I have come to realize that I am trapped in a samsaric/cyclic existence and that the path I have been looking for has always been right in front of me. So, now I am determined more than ever to study with real ferocity. Primarily interested in Tibetan lines. I think I might have to settle on receiving teaching and experiences through a variety of sources due to availability of centers, teachers, types of centers that are near by, etc...
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on May 04, 2010, 11:27:30 pm
Hi Shaun, welcome to Free Sangha   :namaste:

I hope you find the site to be useful!

Kind wishes,
Laura
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ella on May 06, 2010, 03:19:30 pm
 :curtain: Hi  i am Ella and i have joined to learn about Buddhism

Ella
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wonky Badger on May 06, 2010, 03:34:45 pm
Hello Ella, and welcome! I hope you'll find answers to your questions here.  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Mani on May 06, 2010, 04:57:04 pm
Thought I would quickly introduce myself to everyone here! I'm Mani, nice to meet you. I see a few familiar people from past forums, and some others I have not posted with. Look forward to sharing thoughts with everyone.

 :namaste:

Mani
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: heybai on May 06, 2010, 07:03:46 pm
Hi Mani.  Nice to see you here.
 :namaste:
heybai
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 06, 2010, 09:10:50 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Shaun, Mani, and Ella.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on May 06, 2010, 09:16:28 pm
Hi Ella and Mani!  Welcome   :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Razeno on May 11, 2010, 10:16:01 am
Hi.
My name is Razen Manandhar. I live in Kathmandu, Nepal.
I decided to join this forum because though the Buddha was born in Nepal, buddhism is not in good position in Nepal. The government statistics say that only 10 per cent of the population is Buddhist. It is so because the rulers have always been the Hindus in past 2,000 years and they have had a kind of prejudice against Buddhism. The political leaders take Buddhism only as a tourist phenomena.

And things are not gong all right even among the Buddhism. One can find lack of coordination among Theravada, Mahayana and Bajrayana. All sects have their own problems.

What a layman can do in this situation? How do you manage to take Buddhism to the society? Do you have any idea for me? And what can an individual do in this situation?
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Post by: Pema Dorje on May 11, 2010, 10:28:42 am
Hi.
My name is Razen Manandhar. I live in Kathmandu, Nepal.
I decided to join this forum because though the Buddha was born in Nepal, buddhism is not in good position in Nepal. The government statistics say that only 10 per cent of the population is Buddhist. It is so because the rulers have always been the Hindus in past 2,000 years and they have had a kind of prejudice against Buddhism. The political leaders take Buddhism only as a tourist phenomena.

And things are not gong all right even among the Buddhism. One can find lack of coordination among Theravada, Mahayana and Bajrayana. All sects have their own problems.

What a layman can do in this situation? How do you manage to take Buddhism to the society? Do you have any idea for me? And what can an individual do in this situation?



First, Let me say welcome to Freesangha friend. Also I feel where you are coming from because I live in a place where Buddhism is not very popular and I have to drive hundreds of miles to get to a temple. The least you can do is practice. You don't really need others in order for you to meditate etc Or if possible, try to move to another location more Dharma Friendly. Metta  :anjali:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on May 11, 2010, 11:28:42 am
Hi, Razen Manandhar.

First, welcome to Free Sangha.

As for what you can do:

1.  Forget the names of the schools and traditions.  Concentrate on being a Buddhist and not a school or a tradition.

2.  Concentrate on what you have in common with others and not in differences.

3.  As Buddha pointed out:  Hang-out with the wise and avoid the foolish.  Concentrate on The Dhamma, The Buddha, and improving conditions for The Sangha.  Others will follow your example, especially if you are coming from a place of compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity and joy in their accomplishments.

That's all I have for you.

We look forward to reading your posts and questions.

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: catmoon on May 11, 2010, 04:12:05 pm
Wow, Nepal, that's where my incense comes from!

I hope to visit there one day.

You are so fortunate to have so many Buddhists around you. In my area the number of Buddhists is surely under 1%, although there are some fairly Buddhist communities within 20 miles. A lot of people here put "Buddhist" on the census forms, but I have yet to meet anyone on the street who even knows what the Triple Jewel is.

Welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 11, 2010, 09:29:09 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Razen Manandhar. Once a friend of mine from Nepal conducted my Triple Gem Refuge ceremony. I have always wanted to visit.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on May 12, 2010, 08:02:34 am
Welcome Razen.

Its unfortunate to say but things become degenerate, politics infiltrates Buddhism and so on.
The best thing one can do is just practise and renew the purity and morale conduct through example.  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dhyaneswar on May 13, 2010, 04:37:47 am
Hi, Iam Dhyaneswar Dausoa from Mauritius,Island in the Indian Ocean. I am an adept of Zen Meditation and would like to know more. .....I have a lot to learn......meeting new people with new thoughts will help the world at large.........
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 13, 2010, 07:04:17 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Dhyaneswar.
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Post by: zerwe on May 13, 2010, 05:03:14 pm
Welcome, Dyhaneswar.
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Post by: Sar on May 14, 2010, 07:01:50 am
Hi,
I am from North Wales , Uk and attend the loacl NKT Buddhist Centre. Found the link here on facebook :-) So hi to everyone  :grouphug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on May 14, 2010, 07:20:10 am
Hi, Sar.  Welcome to Freesangha.  Ron from Middle New Hampshire, U.S.A. here.

Nice to meet someone from N. Wales, UK.  

Me mother was 1/2 Welsh: 1/2 German.  Father was 1/4 N. Italian:1/4 Swiss: 1/2 Sicillian.  The lovely lady that assists us with housekeeping is fromWales.  We talk about The Prince all the time.

How is he doing?   :wink1:

Oh!  I also like Welsh's Grape Jelly on toasted minney blueberry bagels.

Look forward to seeing your posts.  Welcome aboard!   :hug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on May 15, 2010, 08:44:06 am
Welcome Dhyaneswar and Sar, Nice to have you both with us !  :D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 16, 2010, 02:56:42 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Sar.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on May 16, 2010, 07:50:04 pm
Hi Dyhaneswar, welcome to Freesangha!  :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: flare on May 31, 2010, 01:43:34 am
'Allo!

I'm flare. I don't really have anything insightful or particularly interesting to say, but I do enjoy coloring books and caffeine. I'm a lurker by nature, so I don't know if you'll see me much.  :-P

Fist bump (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fist_bump) time? :D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on May 31, 2010, 02:39:34 am
Welcome flare  :)
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Post by: santamonicacj on May 31, 2010, 03:14:29 am

I'm flare. I don't really have anything insightful or particularly interesting to say, but I do enjoy coloring books and caffeine. I'm a lurker by nature, so I don't know if you'll see me much.  :-P


I hope you find this site entertaining. :popcorn:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: lew on June 11, 2010, 11:57:53 am
Hello,
    Why do I have to be human to log in?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: santamonicacj on June 11, 2010, 05:42:35 pm
Hello,
    Why do I have to be human to log in?
You can start a thread on it! Or just enter it as a post in the "inflammatory" thread in the Danger Zone.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Quiet Heart on June 11, 2010, 07:20:42 pm
 ;D
I just went through the posters on this introduction thread to see if I had introduced my self before...and I hadn't.

Therefore I will. I was on the old e-sangha site until it's unfortunate demise. They had a wealth of information on that site, and it's loss to access by outsiders was very sad. Hope some of it will soon be found on this site also.

I am a Zen Buddhist by inclination, don't "practice" much, and don't belong to any particular sect or tradition. I'm rather a free spirit in that regard. I try to read everything I can, and I then decide what I like and what I don't like. But I'm always open to new things to do with Buddhism that I haven't encountered before. I would prefer to call myself a "student" of Zen and Buddhism than a "practitioner" of the same.

As for work, I am a electronic technician working for a contractor providing communications to the U.S. Navy. I'm living in Crete, Greece right now. In about 4 months I expect to retire and go to Bangkok, Thailand to live. I'm almost 64 years old now.

I see posts by young people who are just in their twenties or so, and they want to dedicate their life to Buddha. I appreciate there enthusiasm, but I personally feel they should first experience life a little more, before they make such a choice. I dabbled with Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism for a while in my youth; but I didn't start getting serious until after I was 55...9 years ago. I personally feel a grounding in life experience is a real asset to someone who wants to become a Buddhist...if nothing else because they are making that choice from a background of experience in the "real world" (whatever that is).

I used to have anger management problems, and my study of Buddhism has made me much more relaxed and peaceful in my attitude and outlook. If nothing else, that is a benefit from that study.

That's why I use the name "Quiet Heart", a STUDENT of Zen and Buddhism. I'm hoping the name becomes more and more truthful.

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Post by: humanitas on June 11, 2010, 07:24:13 pm
Welcome Quiet Heart, I'm happy you have chosen to introduce yourself to us!

:headbow:
Ogyen.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: santamonicacj on June 11, 2010, 07:40:36 pm

In about 4 months I expect to retire and go to Bangkok, Thailand to live. I'm almost 64 years old now.


I'm 55. Thailand is one of my retirement ideas too.

If you move there you may find you have karma with more than just Zen folk!
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Post by: lankaman on June 16, 2010, 08:54:47 am
I forgot to introduce myself. Never found such traditions in common internet forums. Good thing anyway.

Sri Lankan, late 20s, Theravadi Buddhist and interested in studying abidhamma, further developing theravada and concentration (samadhi) meditation.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on June 16, 2010, 08:59:33 am
Welcome, lankaman.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on June 16, 2010, 02:08:44 pm
Belated welcome to FreeSangha, Lankaman. Thank you for the introduction!.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Space on July 08, 2010, 01:46:03 am
Hi everybody!

May you all achieve enlightenment soon!  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on July 08, 2010, 07:00:33 am


Hi, Space.

Welcome a-board.  ; )

Look forward to reading your posts.

_/\_Ron

Hi everybody!

May you all achieve enlightenment soon!  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 08, 2010, 07:58:17 am
Welcome space !  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: karen lhamo on July 11, 2010, 05:00:10 am
i cant believe i found this , i was very much in to e sangha and got lots of insperation and help with my practice wwwooooo am really chuffed  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 11, 2010, 06:49:20 am
i cant believe i found this , i was very much in to e sangha and got lots of insperation and help with my practice wwwooooo am really chuffed  :namaste:

Welcome Karen Fortunatly this is nothing like E-sangha  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 11, 2010, 07:24:46 am
Welcome, Karen. Many E-sangha refugees here, so you are in good company.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: northern lights on July 18, 2010, 01:20:02 pm
Hi, my name is Michelle.
I am 35yrs old
interests: walking my faithful hound, travelling, learning about cultures and languages, reading, chess, water skiing.
Favourite book: Eight steps to happiness by Geshe-la
Favourite food: fruit salad

I am new to Buddhism and hope to learn lots and meet some like minded people
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 18, 2010, 01:21:00 pm
Hi, my name is Michelle.
I am 35yrs old
interests: walking my faithful hound, travelling, learning about cultures and languages, reading, chess, water skiing.
Favourite book: Eight steps to happiness by Geshe-la
Favourite food: fruit salad

I am new to Buddhism and hope to learn lots and meet some like minded people

Hiya Michelle i see you have followed my link over my Dear !  :D
Welcome and enjoy your stay !  :pray:
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Post by: Sunya on July 18, 2010, 04:28:02 pm
Hello, friends.

While following some of the discussions on this site as a non-member, I have been inspired to join this community in order to have greater access to the conversations that occur here, which I find intriguing. I do not consider myself Buddhist or by any means religious, but I have been applying aspects of the Buddha Dhamma/Dharma to my life practice for around three years, studying it for two, while meditating for one. I am currently 19 years old, an undergraduate student in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, and have a deep appreciation for any approach to consciousness and philosophy of mind. I am very interested in Eastern philosophy, but my primary area of interest is the Buddha Dhamma/Dharma in all its forms. I hope to encounter more interesting points of discussion as a member of this community, even if only observing from afar.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 18, 2010, 04:38:06 pm
Welcome Sunya and Michelle!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kodatech on July 18, 2010, 09:14:35 pm
Hello.  My name is Mike and I just signed up.  I am hoping to learn a bit more, as I am pretty new to this.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 18, 2010, 09:30:49 pm
Welcome Mike! By "new at this", do you mean internet discussion forums or Buddhism?   :cheesy:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kodatech on July 18, 2010, 09:38:18 pm
New to Buddhism.  I have read a few books and make a feeble attempt at meditation.  I hope to learn something from everyone here.   ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on July 18, 2010, 09:56:22 pm
That's wonderful!  Welcome Sunya, Michelle, and Kodatech.  Our Beginner's Zone is still a bit bare, but we're trying to add resources as we go.

There are lots of very knowledgeable folks here!

May your time here be good for everyone!

:headbow:
Ogyen.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kodatech on July 19, 2010, 08:28:33 am
Thanks for the welcome.  I will probably do more reading than writing, but I figured I would sign up anyway.   :cheesy:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 19, 2010, 08:40:50 am
Welcome all newbies !  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: northern lights on July 19, 2010, 01:22:16 pm
Hi, everybody
I am new to this forum and new to Buddhism.
I am enjoying my journey so far
Wishing peace and happiness to everybody
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Gibbon on July 19, 2010, 01:35:55 pm
Hello everybody!  I signed up some time ago, but have not posted yet.  It's a nice forum and I'm happy to have found it. 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 19, 2010, 01:40:25 pm
Hello everybody!  I signed up some time ago, but have not posted yet.  It's a nice forum and I'm happy to have found it. 

Nice to meet you Gibbon !  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 19, 2010, 06:20:32 pm
Belated Welcome to Gibbon!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: bobo on July 26, 2010, 05:13:44 am
I'm 58 years old and still searching .  some work for a while, others? .  Reading J. Campbell  , he makes sense.   bobo
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 26, 2010, 05:22:10 am
Welcome Bobo !  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SageTree on August 02, 2010, 08:23:52 pm
Namaste Friends,

I was a member at E-sangha, which was closed down a while ago for whatever reasons. I've been on message boards for the last 10 years and find them a great was to share experience and grow.  I've practiced the Dharma since 02. I'm not sure I'd say I have a tradition that presides over another, so I've just enjoyed connecting and sharing in many Buddhist traditions.

Happy to have a community to speak with again.

In loving kindness :namaste:
SageTree
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: zerwe on August 02, 2010, 08:49:38 pm
Welcome Sagetree.
Shaun :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on August 02, 2010, 11:19:22 pm
I'm so glad to see familiar and new "faces" here... welcome and thank you for introducing yourselves.  Variety is the spice of life!

:headbow:
Ogyen.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 03, 2010, 04:06:47 am
Welcome sage tree its wonderful to see more practitoners joining !  :pray:
I hope you find a good home with us here.  :dharma:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SageTree on August 03, 2010, 08:15:41 am
Caz, who have you been getting up to now ?



 :namaste:
SageTree
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on August 03, 2010, 09:25:37 am
Welcome!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Yeshe Zopa on August 03, 2010, 09:29:04 am
Namaste Friends,

I was a member at E-sangha, which was closed down a while ago for whatever reasons. I've been on message boards for the last 10 years and find them a great was to share experience and grow.  I've practiced the Dharma since 02. I'm not sure I'd say I have a tradition that presides over another, so I've just enjoyed connecting and sharing in many Buddhist traditions.

Happy to have a community to speak with again.

In loving kindness :namaste:
SageTree

Welcome. :)

Is that Steve Hillage in the avatar?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Tonbo on August 03, 2010, 10:21:58 am
Hi,

I'm new and looking forward to talking with other Buddhists.  I have been practicing for years am new to the on-line community.  Looking forward to meeting new people with new and old ideas. :buddha2:  Palms together, Tonbo
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on August 03, 2010, 10:26:52 am
Hi, Tonbo.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on August 03, 2010, 10:31:04 am
Welcome to FreeSangha Tonbo!  Thank you for joining our dharma party!  

May your time here be good for everyone!

:headbow:
Ogyen.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on August 03, 2010, 10:32:39 am
Warmest welcome to all the newcomers this past week!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SageTree on August 03, 2010, 05:45:34 pm
Namaste Friends,

I was a member at E-sangha, which was closed down a while ago for whatever reasons. I've been on message boards for the last 10 years and find them a great was to share experience and grow.  I've practiced the Dharma since 02. I'm not sure I'd say I have a tradition that presides over another, so I've just enjoyed connecting and sharing in many Buddhist traditions.

Happy to have a community to speak with again.

In loving kindness :namaste:
SageTree

Welcome. :)

Is that Steve Hillage in the avatar?

hahaha Nah, that is me with ice hanging on me a little. Get kinds chill up here, -40. I tweaked the color a little for fun, but there he is in all his glory, lol, 'me'......
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 04, 2010, 01:29:55 am
Caz, who have you been getting up to now ?



 :namaste:
SageTree

Who have i been getting up to now ? How cheeky !  :teehee:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on August 04, 2010, 06:42:27 pm
Welcome to all of our new members!  We are glad to have you on board, please make yourself at home.

 :wave:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: rj on August 10, 2010, 01:10:22 am
Hi everyone. My name is RJ and I am from southern California.  I am a Christian and new to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes I am troubled with to twosomewhat conflicting views but it is something I will have to reconcile.  I would be honored to learn more of the Buddha's wonderful teachings from all of you! Take Care!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 10, 2010, 02:46:46 am
Hi everyone. My name is RJ and I am from southern California.  I am a Christian and new to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes I am troubled with to twosomewhat conflicting views but it is something I will have to reconcile.  I would be honored to learn more of the Buddha's wonderful teachings from all of you! Take Care!

Welcome friend, The teachings are not so different as a christian im sure your already familiar with love and compassion, Buddha places a great emphisis on training the mind in this way.  :pray:
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on August 10, 2010, 04:35:29 am
Hi, rj. 

You will find that The Dhamma (the truth) is The Dhamma no matter what the source.  Most of us here were raised as Christians so you will find that we have much in common.

_/\_Ron

Hi everyone. My name is RJ and I am from southern California.  I am a Christian and new to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes I am troubled with to twosomewhat conflicting views but it is something I will have to reconcile.  I would be honored to learn more of the Buddha's wonderful teachings from all of you! Take Care!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: NewbieBuddhist on August 12, 2010, 06:10:40 am
Just joined!  Really new to Buddhism, but having a problem.   How to start?  So far, I have been reading up on different schools, but having trouble finding one that speaks to me, interests me.

Is that normal, or just a hang-up of mine?

Maybe I expect too much too soon?  Really puzzled why it seems so hard to get started.     :eek:

-Joel
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Yeshe Zopa on August 12, 2010, 06:19:14 am
Just joined!  Really new to Buddhism, but having a problem.   How to start?  So far, I have been reading up on different schools, but having trouble finding one that speaks to me, interests me.

Is that normal, or just a hang-up of mine?

Maybe I expect too much too soon?  Really puzzled why it seems so hard to get started.     :eek:

-Joel

Normal for someone not born into a Buddhist culture. :)

Imagine being born a Buddhist and looking for a Christian school to join - Methodist, Catholic, Jehova's Witness, 7thy Day Adventist, Mormon, Quaker etc etc.

If there are groups near you then try a couple of sessions in each.  If you are starting out it is as important to find a teacher you can relate to as choosing the school.   In terms of practice, the 4 Noble Truths and Noble 8-Fold path are the basis of all.

Some regard Buddha as a historical figure who is dead and whose teachings are worth pursuing to find true happiness, and at the other extreme you have those who believe in many eternal Buddhas and engage in rituals relating to them as well as practising the meditation etc.

You may also find some useful info by scanning through the various forums here and examining what each school involves. ;)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 12, 2010, 09:23:36 am
Just joined!  Really new to Buddhism, but having a problem.   How to start?  So far, I have been reading up on different schools, but having trouble finding one that speaks to me, interests me.

Is that normal, or just a hang-up of mine?

Maybe I expect too much too soon?  Really puzzled why it seems so hard to get started.     :eek:

-Joel

It can be very daunting...Best to do a local area search for groups friend.
Welcome.  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on August 12, 2010, 09:46:24 am
Great suggestions from everyone.  I would only add that you might want to visit several different traditions before making up your mind.  Each has its "flavor", but all agree upon the solution.  Being a simple person I opted for a bare bones practice.  Others like all the ornate tapestry of tradition, which complements customs dating back thousands of years.  Some find these merely amusing and quaint.  Others find such customs meaningful and supportive of their personal needs.  Some want the support of masters, gurus, and teachers.  Others prefer to "Wander Lonely As a Rhinoceros."

 "Though he may conquer a thousand thousand men in battle, yet, he is indeed the noblest victor who would conquer himself."
— Dhp. 103

"If one find friend with whom to fare
Rapt in the well-abiding, apt,
Surmounting dangers one and all,
With joy fare with him mindfully.
Finding none apt with whom to fare,
None in the well-abiding rapt,
As rajah quits the conquered realm,
Fare lonely as rhinoceros."


(http://what-buddha-said.net/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1610&g2_serialNumber=1)


source:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel083.html


Just joined!  Really new to Buddhism, but having a problem.   How to start?  So far, I have been reading up on different schools, but having trouble finding one that speaks to me, interests me.

Is that normal, or just a hang-up of mine?

Maybe I expect too much too soon?  Really puzzled why it seems so hard to get started.     :eek:

-Joel
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 12, 2010, 11:05:27 am
Great suggestions from everyone.  I would only add that you might want to visit several different traditions before making up your mind.  Each has its "flavor", but all agree upon the solution.  Being a simple person I opted for a bare bones practice.  Others like all the ornate tapestry of tradition, which complements customs dating back thousands of years.  Some find these merely amusing and quaint.  Others find such customs meaningful and supportive of their personal needs.  Some want the support of masters, gurus, and teachers.  Others prefer to "Wander Lonely As a Rhinoceros."

 "Though he may conquer a thousand thousand men in battle, yet, he is indeed the noblest victor who would conquer himself."
— Dhp. 103

"If one find friend with whom to fare
Rapt in the well-abiding, apt,
Surmounting dangers one and all,
With joy fare with him mindfully.
Finding none apt with whom to fare,
None in the well-abiding rapt,
As rajah quits the conquered realm,
Fare lonely as rhinoceros."


([url]http://what-buddha-said.net/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1610&g2_serialNumber=1[/url])


source:  [url]http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel083.html[/url]


Just joined!  Really new to Buddhism, but having a problem.   How to start?  So far, I have been reading up on different schools, but having trouble finding one that speaks to me, interests me.

Is that normal, or just a hang-up of mine?

Maybe I expect too much too soon?  Really puzzled why it seems so hard to get started.     :eek:

-Joel



Well spoken Ron.  :D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on August 12, 2010, 12:34:30 pm
Welcome, Newbie. I like the suggestions of finding some local practitioners to participate with. Encountering the Dharma is the cake, the specific tradition is like icing on the cake. In the mean time, pull up a cup of coffee and join us lunatics here...
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Essex girl on August 18, 2010, 04:06:26 am
Hi- I just joined up.  I felt a need to connect up with other dharma practitioners.  I was a buddhist nun in the Vajryana tradition for 15 years and am in the process of coming out of robes. I had no funding and had to get a job, so thought it better to be a lay practitioner.  Very happy, though.  Nice to start from scratch again....    ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 18, 2010, 04:10:50 am
Hi- I just joined up.  I felt a need to connect up with other dharma practitioners.  I was a buddhist nun in the Vajryana tradition for 15 years and am in the process of coming out of robes. I had no funding and had to get a job, so thought it better to be a lay practitioner.  Very happy, though.  Nice to start from scratch again....    ;D

Welcome Essex Girl nice to see you.  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on August 18, 2010, 06:32:09 am
Last night met with a University of Phoenix college student/researcher who is completing his work in comparative religions.  He has asked to interview Buddhist practitioners from different traditions, when he was told that there was such a thing.  Anyone interested please send (me) PM with appropriate e-mail address.  His name is Lou and he did pretty good in his first meditation session and dhamma lesson which requires about an hour and a half of butt time.

Thanks,

Ron
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Post by: Dairy Lama on August 18, 2010, 06:47:30 am
Hi- I just joined up.  I felt a need to connect up with other dharma practitioners.  I was a buddhist nun in the Vajryana tradition for 15 years and am in the process of coming out of robes. I had no funding and had to get a job, so thought it better to be a lay practitioner.  Very happy, though.  Nice to start from scratch again....    ;D

Essex girls are great! ;D

Spiny
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: santamonicacj on August 18, 2010, 09:50:42 am
Hi- I just joined up.  I felt a need to connect up with other dharma practitioners.  I was a buddhist nun in the Vajryana tradition for 15 years and am in the process of coming out of robes. I had no funding and had to get a job, so thought it better to be a lay practitioner.  Very happy, though.  Nice to start from scratch again....    ;D
Ah yes, the old funding issue. May this detour become a scenic and happy road!

Welcome.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on August 18, 2010, 10:32:04 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Essex Girl.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: gregkavarnos on August 19, 2010, 01:16:26 am
Welcome Essex girl!  Which tradition were you a nun in?  (just being nosey!) ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: santamonicacj on August 19, 2010, 01:54:18 am
Welcome Essex girl!  Which tradition were you a nun in?  (just being nosey!) ;D
I was going to ask also but thought it impolite. But since Greg has already done so, I second the question; which tradition were you a nun in?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Yeshe Zopa on August 19, 2010, 02:30:57 am
Hi- I just joined up.  I felt a need to connect up with other dharma practitioners.  I was a buddhist nun in the Vajryana tradition for 15 years and am in the process of coming out of robes. I had no funding and had to get a job, so thought it better to be a lay practitioner.  Very happy, though.  Nice to start from scratch again....    ;D

Welcome!  Lots to explore on the site! :)
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Post by: treederwright on September 11, 2010, 11:25:32 am
Hello im new to the forum. I usually post in other forums

www.newbuddhist.com
www.i-sangha.com
www.dhammawheel.com

I also am starting a blog on the practice of the bodhicharyavatara ( Way of the Bodhisattva) its just beginning and im not doing study. This is like an experiment of practice.

Check it out

http://activebodhichitta.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on September 11, 2010, 11:59:28 am
Hi tweederwright, welcoeme!   :hi:
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Post by: Caz on September 11, 2010, 03:52:51 pm
Hello im new to the forum. I usually post in other forums

[url=http://www.newbuddhist.com]www.newbuddhist.com[/url]
[url=http://www.i-sangha.com]www.i-sangha.com[/url]
[url=http://www.dhammawheel.com]www.dhammawheel.com[/url]

I also am starting a blog on the practice of the bodhicharyavatara ( Way of the Bodhisattva) its just beginning and im not doing study. This is like an experiment of practice.

Check it out

[url]http://activebodhichitta.blogspot.com[/url]


Welcome Brother nice to see your Intro  ;D
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Post by: Monkey Mind on September 11, 2010, 04:53:24 pm
Welcome, tweederwright!
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Post by: Mahakassapa on September 15, 2010, 06:41:56 pm
Hello friends!

Just registered after lurking some. Greetings! My name is John and I practice Korean Zen style for about 15 years. Look forward to chatting with you all, just as long as it's not "idle chatter".  :D
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Post by: Monkey Mind on September 15, 2010, 07:50:12 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha! We have plenty of "idle chatter", all the better for one to practice their resistance to such frivolous pursuits.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: catmoon on September 15, 2010, 08:09:01 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha! We have plenty of "idle chatter", all the better for one to practice their resistance to such frivolous pursuits.


Did you see him idly chatterin'? That's idle chatterin' in my book mate. You are nicked, me pretty. Right, off to the hoosegow with you!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Thao on September 16, 2010, 04:18:43 am
Welcome. Hope you enjoy yourself. You will often find me most in idle chatter.  :teehee:
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Post by: Caz on September 16, 2010, 05:04:00 am
Hello friends!

Just registered after lurking some. Greetings! My name is John and I practice Korean Zen style for about 15 years. Look forward to chatting with you all, just as long as it's not "idle chatter".  :D

Welcome John wonderful you have joined ! :D :pray:
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Post by: Dairy Lama on September 17, 2010, 03:32:31 am
You are nicked, me pretty.

It wasn't me your honour, I wasn't there, it was that bleedin' copper what fitted me up, I'll swing for 'im, so 'elp me.  And gawd bless the queen mum...And the Pope of course, e's told them aggressive atheists where to shove it an' no mistake...
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on September 28, 2010, 07:57:35 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha John.  We are honored to have you here.

:headbow:
Ogyen.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: punkiesbliss on September 29, 2010, 01:25:16 pm
Hello everyone, My name is Punkie (punkiesbliss). I am very excited about discovering this site.  I am new to the path of enlightenment and I am looking forward to learning from all of the many teachers/students I see discussing all of the topics I love.  I am anticipating a great season of learning as a result of this site.  I do not have a teacher yet but I rest in the word of one of my many distant teachers that " when the student is ready the teacher will appear", this site is now included in my many blessings. Namaste
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Post by: Caz on September 29, 2010, 03:00:45 pm
Hello everyone, My name is Punkie (punkiesbliss). I am very excited about discovering this site.  I am new to the path of enlightenment and I am looking forward to learning from all of the many teachers/students I see discussing all of the topics I love.  I am anticipating a great season of learning as a result of this site.  I do not have a teacher yet but I rest in the word of one of my many distant teachers that " when the student is ready the teacher will appear", this site is now included in my many blessings. Namaste

Warm Welcome friend  :hug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on September 29, 2010, 05:56:21 pm
Welcome to FS Punkies!

:headbow:
Ogyen.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on September 29, 2010, 06:57:14 pm
Welcome, Punkie! I hope you enjoy your stay.
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Post by: Pema Dorje on September 29, 2010, 06:59:02 pm
many welcomes punky  :namaste:
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Post by: Ngawang Drolma on September 29, 2010, 07:34:48 pm
Hi Punkine, welcome   :)
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Post by: nirmal on September 30, 2010, 10:50:31 am
Om Mani Padme Hom

You did not come naked,
But clothed in your karma,
Finding this site was fated,
For the seekers of the Dharma,
Your floral arrow hit Free Sangha,
We welcome you with a homa

Om Mani Padme Hom
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Nanimo on October 01, 2010, 02:14:25 pm
Just a quick hello, ;D

For now, I am called Nanimo. Though someday that may no longer be so.

(No I don't normally rhyme my words, just thought I'd introduce myself) :lmfao:

Metta to all,
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: humanitas on October 01, 2010, 05:40:54 pm
Welcome Nanimo to FreeSangha!

:headbow:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on October 02, 2010, 05:03:20 am
Just a quick hello, ;D

For now, I am called Nanimo. Though someday that may no longer be so.

(No I don't normally rhyme my words, just thought I'd introduce myself) :lmfao:

Metta to all,

Welcome friend. :)
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Post by: lew on November 22, 2010, 08:05:03 am
Hello everyone, back online after a short haitus. The new page looks kind of cool.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on November 22, 2010, 08:16:11 am
Welcome back, Lew.
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Post by: Caz on November 22, 2010, 02:59:37 pm
Welcome back friend  :D
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Post by: Ngondro1214 on November 26, 2010, 08:55:06 am
Hello,

I am new here.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on November 26, 2010, 09:04:20 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Ngondro1214. I hope you enjoy your time here.
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Post by: santamonicacj on November 26, 2010, 11:01:08 am
Hello,

I am new here.
Are you actually doing Ngondro? Which tradition?
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Post by: Caz on November 26, 2010, 12:43:58 pm
Welcome friend  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on November 27, 2010, 03:31:15 am
Hello,

I am new here.
Are you actually doing Ngondro? Which tradition?

And could you finish mine off? :teehee:

Spiny
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ngondro1214 on November 27, 2010, 08:34:15 am
Well my teacher and the tradition I follow is Gelugpa and I am tasked to complete 100,000 Vajrasattva mantras (100 syllable). Aside from that I am also trying to complete many mandala and water bowl offerings and also many recitations of the names of the 35 Buddhas.

It has been a while since I have seen my Guru (Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin, Geshe Wangdak - Retired Abbot of Drepung Loseling). I joined the Airforce because I was homeless and they moved me to the Florida Gulf Coast region. Not alot of Rinpoches out this way.

I am 23 years old (turning 24 in June) and married (going on 2 years May 23rd). Nope no kids but we do have a beautiful female great dane named Lily who is our baby.
Really I wish I wasn't in the Airforce as I don't see it as a virtuous way of life and really want to be back up north where there are Teachers and the region is good. I like Connecticut, New York, Massachussets, Vermont, New Hampshire and anywhere that has four seasons and most of all Teachers.

Gelugpa is my background and Geshe Wangdak will always be my guru but I am gravitating more towards the Sakya and Nyingma lineages in terms of practices. Many of the Yidams and Dakinis I feel connected to are in those lineages. It would be nice to have a teacher who is a Lay person as I am married, don't plan on getting divorced anytime soon, and could use a good example to follow.


That is a little about me. It is good to be here at freesangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on November 27, 2010, 08:44:44 am
Well my teacher and the tradition I follow is Gelugpa and I am tasked to complete 100,000 Vajrasattva mantras (100 syllable). Aside from that I am also trying to complete many mandala and water bowl offerings and also many recitations of the names of the 35 Buddhas.

It has been a while since I have seen my Guru (Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin, Geshe Wangdak - Retired Abbot of Drepung Loseling). I joined the Airforce because I was homeless and they moved me to the Florida Gulf Coast region. Not alot of Rinpoches out this way.

I am 23 years old (turning 24 in June) and married (going on 2 years May 23rd). Nope no kids but we do have a beautiful female great dane named Lily who is our baby.
Really I wish I wasn't in the Airforce as I don't see it as a virtuous way of life and really want to be back up north where there are Teachers and the region is good. I like Connecticut, New York, Massachussets, Vermont, New Hampshire and anywhere that has four seasons and most of all Teachers.

Gelugpa is my background and Geshe Wangdak will always be my guru but I am gravitating more towards the Sakya and Nyingma lineages in terms of practices. Many of the Yidams and Dakinis I feel connected to are in those lineages. It would be nice to have a teacher who is a Lay person as I am married, don't plan on getting divorced anytime soon, and could use a good example to follow.


That is a little about me. It is good to be here at freesangha.

I here Lama Dawa is a good teacher and with his divinations could send you the right way friend.  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: santamonicacj on November 27, 2010, 09:15:13 am
Well my teacher and the tradition I follow is Gelugpa and I am tasked to complete 100,000 Vajrasattva mantras (100 syllable). Aside from that I am also trying to complete many mandala and water bowl offerings and also many recitations of the names of the 35 Buddhas.
Keep track of the number of mandalas and water bowl offerings too. The Gelug Ngondro has 100k of each of those as well.

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Gelugpa is my background and Geshe Wangdak will always be my guru but I am gravitating more towards the Sakya and Nyingma lineages in terms of practices. Many of the Yidams and Dakinis I feel connected to are in those lineages. It would be nice to have a teacher who is a Lay person as I am married, don't plan on getting divorced anytime soon, and could use a good example to follow.
I know the Karmapa has a center in the Tampa region. I don't know that area at all really, so I can't say what else may be available.

Good luck with your practice!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: DirkGently on December 09, 2010, 09:42:02 pm
Hi. I'm new here. Just a quick introduction and hello.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wonky Badger on December 10, 2010, 12:01:47 am
Hi Dirk!

Welcome to the boards!  :hi:
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Post by: Caz on December 10, 2010, 04:07:55 am
Welcome Dirk hope to see a few more active :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on December 10, 2010, 10:08:42 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Dirk. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Jonathan on December 13, 2010, 02:28:02 pm
Naman everyone,
I am trying to go deeper in the Pali Language as in the Buddhism and if I did put the Pali language in first place is only because I am terrible in languages  :cheesy:
Buddhism, untill few years ago has been a really ghost: I never understood anything :fu: Some years ago I met a Vietnam Theravada monk and all begun being puted in the correct places in my mind... yet all remains to be accomplished.
But even nothing knewing about Buddhism I was, in reality, the best student in Buddhist Philosophy :r4wheel: I learned all by heart :suit: What could I say...? Well, I don't understand anything but the way he speaks he must be full right  :cheesy: And this way I have finished my universitary graduation with a score that, for sure, would made shine Buddha  :jinsyx:
This is for now my Hello to all of you and I hope learn a lot among you all :hug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on December 13, 2010, 02:34:55 pm
Welcome Jonathan  :pray:
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Post by: Monkey Mind on December 13, 2010, 02:39:18 pm
Welcome, Jonathan! I hope you enjoy your time here!
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Post by: breatheresist on December 14, 2010, 02:13:07 pm
Hello!  I'm a Taoist/Buddhist/walk my own path type of human.  I try to live my life by the 8-folds path.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on December 14, 2010, 09:30:40 pm
Welcome, breatheresist.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: lyndontravis on December 15, 2010, 02:52:23 pm
Hello guys,

I'm Lyndon, I am currently looking  for a community like this where everyone respects each other. I am an entrepreneur and a freelance web developer. I make websites compatible for wordpress. I love cooking and facebooking.  ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on December 15, 2010, 03:08:28 pm
Welcome lyndontravis!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on December 15, 2010, 04:06:35 pm
Hello guys,

I'm Lyndon, I am currently looking  for a community like this where everyone respects each other. I am an entrepreneur and a freelance web developer. I make websites compatible for wordpress. I love cooking and facebooking.  ;D

Welcome friend enjoy posting here.  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: tobes on December 23, 2010, 04:07:31 am
Hello friends!

I suppose, by way of introduction, I have slowly become the kind of Madhyamakin who walks backwards from Nagarjuna.

That sounds a little enigmatic.

What I mean is that I think Nagarjuna nailed it, and this grants everything delicious and enlightening spoken before him.

t



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Post by: Caz on December 23, 2010, 04:13:41 am
Welcome tobes.

Sure does sound interesting perhapes you'd like to start a thread and elaborate a little more.  :pray:
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Post by: J. McKenna on December 23, 2010, 06:29:30 pm
Awful lot of new names, stories, and viewpoints for such a dead/dying place .........  :eek:
 
 
 :D
 
 
 
 :teehee:
 
 
 
 
 :wink1:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Marcus Epicurus on January 15, 2011, 01:32:00 am
Hello All - This is the BlueBuddha. I am new to this forum, but I am also a member of a few other Buddhist Forums.  My main interests are in Theravada  and in Zen. I hope to learn from all of you, and maybe I will have something of value to add as well.

 :anjali:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on January 15, 2011, 04:40:14 am
Hi Bluebuddha nice to meet you !  :D
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Post by: heybai on January 15, 2011, 05:08:58 am
Hi Bluebuddha,

Nice to see you again.   Welcome to Free Sangha.  C'mon in, pull up a chair.  Caz is serving tea and biscuits, I believe.   :teehee:

I hope you like it here.

heybai

 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: PADME8400 on January 21, 2011, 09:22:10 am
 Hello my name is   Tsewang Norbu , mi samsara name is yordy 
I am a naljorpa  ,  a  espiritual person  that dosen't live in a monastery, I fallow my wows
 not all bcs being in the world certain wows you can fallow , bcs you need to deal with samsara
I have being a buddhist most of my life since 13 years old
theravada , mahayana, vajrayhana, and zen those are the traditions wich I have studied a little

I am also an artist presently in college

I send you my wishes of happiness and compasion

May you life go well

Tsewang Norbu

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=271986&id=666170717&l=423f43c632
this is a link to my latest work

Hi - Introduce yourself here! This is the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers who don't want to start a new topic for their introduction. Or you may post a new topic if you'd like your own introduction!

Many Thanks to Arya-Shraman's idea
Quote from: Arya-Shravak Shraman
I think there should be a single thread where everyone can Introduce themselves. Starting a new topic just to say Hi seemed like a waste of space (Though its free). You can introduce yourself here if you like my idea.

I am Arya-Shravak Shraman. I am from India. I do practice Vipassana. Interested in non sectarian universal all-inclusive Dhamma and peaceful sharing of information.

Love and peace.



Welcome and thank you for joining Free-Sangha.  My Buddhist name is Ogyen Chodzom.  My real name is Daphne.  For those of  you from e-sangha, I was Syzygy.  We look forward to practicing and growing with you!


Om Mani Padme Hum

([url]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y60/phaend/AxiomPerfection.jpg[/url])



Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on January 21, 2011, 09:55:40 am
Welcome friend nice to see you here  :D
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Post by: Potato on February 06, 2011, 09:20:58 am
Hello!  Just another former E-Sangha user.  I'm also on a few other Buddhist forums.  :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on February 06, 2011, 09:52:03 am
Hello!  Just another former E-Sangha user.  I'm also on a few other Buddhist forums.  :)

Welcome Potato hope to see you post soon !  :buddha:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on February 06, 2011, 12:46:14 pm
Glad to see you here, Potato. Welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: dhammaseeker51 on February 06, 2011, 12:47:14 pm
Welcome Potato,
Glad you've joined Freesangha.
Hope you will "Grow" here. (pun intended)   ;D

with Metta
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Potato on February 06, 2011, 07:44:33 pm
Thanks, everyone!

I forgot to mention that my practice is Independent Nichiren.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Catnip on February 07, 2011, 03:35:58 pm
Hello,

I'm not a Buddhist (not yet anyway, and I don't know if I will become one at some stage or not), but I have had a bit of an interest in Buddhism and meditation in general. I know little enough about Buddhism, just some of the very basics.

The Dorje Shugden / Dolgyal affair grabbed my interest for a couple of weeks just past, maybe a bit too much; but I am also somewhat interested in other aspects of Buddhism, and meditation in general.

I am a non-practising Roman Catholic, and rather agnostic.

I am somewhat fond of cats, although I don't actually have a pet.

I'd like to say thanks to the board administrators for inviting guests to participate.
I haven't been on any other Buddhist forums.

Kind Regards and thanks

 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on February 07, 2011, 03:37:34 pm
Hello,

I'm not a Buddhist (not yet anyway, and I don't know if I will become one at some stage or not), but I have had a bit of an interest in Buddhism and meditation in general. I know little enough about Buddhism, just some of the very basics.

The Dorje Shugden / Dolgyal affair grabbed my interest for a couple of weeks just past, maybe a bit too much; but I am also somewhat interested in other aspects of Buddhism, and meditation in general.

I am a non-practising Roman Catholic, and rather agnostic.

I am somewhat fond of cats, although I don't actually have a pet.

I'd like to say thanks to the board administrators for inviting guests to participate.
I haven't been on any other Buddhist forums.

Kind Regards and thanks

 

Welcome friend !  :blush:
Hope to see you engage soon !  :D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on February 07, 2011, 03:50:19 pm
Welcome, Catnip. I hope you enjoy FreeSangha.

P.S. A good many us here believe that the teachings of Buddha have a lot more to do with lifestyle choices and personal responsibility, and absolutely nothing to do with religions or the silly things people do in the name of sectarian religiosity. Of course, we might be a minority...   :cheesy:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Catnip on February 07, 2011, 04:03:11 pm


P.S. A good many us here believe that the teachings of Buddha have a lot more to do with lifestyle choices and personal responsibility, and absolutely nothing to do with religions or the silly things people do in the name of sectarian religiosity.

I strongly suspect I would agree  :)  I suspect people can become too *attached* to religious figureheads of various types.

And thanks to yourself and Caz for the welcome.

Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on February 08, 2011, 04:59:46 am
I am a non-practising Roman Catholic, and rather agnostic.

I used to be one of those. :wink1:
Anyway, welcome to FS, and I really like your name. :)

Spiny
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on February 08, 2011, 08:36:45 am
Welcome Catnip.
I hope you enjoy your time here.
I used to be a non-practising Church of England person. :blush:
And yes you are right about the attachment issue.

with Metta
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: LastLegend on February 13, 2011, 12:09:16 pm
Hello call me Last n I am Vietnamese
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on February 14, 2011, 01:24:37 am
Welcome friend !  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ananda on February 14, 2011, 10:32:01 pm
Hello from BC Canada,
My first visit, happy to be here!
And to be among friends.
Lets discuss with altruism.
Metta
ananda

Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on February 14, 2011, 11:08:52 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Ananda. I hope you enjoy your time here.

I am a frequent visitor to BC. Quickly becoming my favorite place on this Earth...
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: catmoon on February 15, 2011, 01:23:46 am
Hello from BC Canada,
My first visit, happy to be here!
And to be among friends.
Lets discuss with altruism.
Metta
ananda



Goodness another BC'er. Greetings from Maple Ridge!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on February 15, 2011, 08:16:51 am
Hello from BC Canada,
My first visit, happy to be here!
And to be among friends.
Lets discuss with altruism.
Metta
ananda



Hello my friend nice to meet you !  :blush:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: nirmal on February 15, 2011, 09:31:51 am
Welcome Ananda

Albert Einstein had his theory of relativity

Inspired from the non-absoluteness of Buddhism

Do all to cut the bonds of duality

To grasp the diamond of perfect realization

Be not be like yogis of insufficient meditation

Who mistake psychic light as sacred illumination.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Bodhisurfer on March 06, 2011, 09:57:30 am
 :anjali:
Hi, my name is jim , I live in Cornwall in the UK. Devoted Dad to 2 teenagers. I practice vipassana and metta :om: pretty much everyday and mainly follow a modern western approach to dhamma
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on March 06, 2011, 10:02:00 am
Welcome Jim,
with two teenagers you must need to practice meditation, mindfulness and equanimity...

 ;D

with Metta
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on March 06, 2011, 11:59:24 am
Welcome to FreeSnagha, Jim!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on March 06, 2011, 05:04:40 pm
Welcome friend !  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dakini on April 05, 2011, 08:14:21 am
Hello! I'm new here... Not too educated on Buddhism (yet) buti like the "free thinking Dharma" tagline and am looking forward to reading and learning...

Thank you for your patience!  :headbow:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on April 05, 2011, 09:21:40 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, dakini. I moved your introduction here, hoping it will increase your visibility.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on April 05, 2011, 11:07:54 am
Hello Dakin-la  ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: yoshi2050 on May 18, 2011, 09:55:06 pm
Hi I'm Yoshi2050. Nice to meet you all. I am looking forward to learning and discussing all things Buddhism.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wonky Badger on May 18, 2011, 11:14:47 pm
Hi Yoshi! Welcome to the boards!   :hi:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: heybai on May 18, 2011, 11:45:08 pm
Hi Yoshi.  Welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on May 19, 2011, 03:52:46 am
Hi I'm Yoshi2050. Nice to meet you all. I am looking forward to learning and discussing all things Buddhism.


Welcome Yoshi please make yourself at home...just dont put your feet on the furniture.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: zerwe on May 19, 2011, 05:37:00 am
Hi, Yoshi. Welcome.
Shaun :namaste:
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Post by: Rael on May 23, 2011, 09:29:29 am
hi..i'm rael...i have an aerosol addiction... :wacky:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 23, 2011, 11:21:57 am
I am glad to learn I am not the only one. I only huff tan colored paint, so I can tell people I just returned from tue Bahamas.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: yschee on June 19, 2011, 10:56:42 pm
Hi Everyone in FS,
I'm YS Chee from Penang Island in Malaysia. Had been practising Mahayana Buddhism for a couple of years. Now I'm into Anapanasati Meditation Practice. Hope to be able to gain more knowledge from friends in FS . I would appreciate very much if anyone can share some Buddhist Texts or Sutras in English Translation.

Warmest rgds,
ys chee

Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: t on June 19, 2011, 11:04:10 pm
Selamat Datang YS Chee. How is the CM of Penang, YB Lim these days?  :cheesy:

Sila rujuk: here (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=43.0) and here (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?board=31.0)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: heybai on June 19, 2011, 11:16:23 pm
Welcome to FS, YS Chee. 

Or "Salamat Datang" as they say...  :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: catmoon on June 19, 2011, 11:49:08 pm
Selamat Datang YS Chee. How is the CM of Penang, YB Lim these days?  :cheesy:

Hold the bus. The Catmoon of Penang?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on June 23, 2011, 11:48:56 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, YS Chee.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: thehappysnapper on July 04, 2011, 10:51:22 am
Hi folks, just thought I'd make my presence known, looking forward to taking part on the forum here and there  ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 04, 2011, 11:41:11 am
Welcome to FreeSangha!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 05, 2011, 08:30:17 am
Welcome Sir !  :r4wheel:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: thehappysnapper on July 11, 2011, 09:08:17 am
Thank you very much Monkey Mind and Caz  ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Sonam on July 16, 2011, 04:36:53 pm
Hello, I'm Sonam.  So many interesting subjects to explore, and people are refreshingly polite and kind! I'm looking forward to enjoying the forum.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 16, 2011, 06:16:55 pm
 Welcome to FreeSangha, Sonam.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 16, 2011, 10:48:21 pm
Welcome Sonam good to have you on board.  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Cricket on July 30, 2011, 10:05:12 pm
Hi. I'm Cricket. It's not my real name, but it's the nickname my grandfather gave me when I was little.
I'm just someone who writes, listens to dharma talks, and meditates.
 :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on July 31, 2011, 03:17:44 am
Welcome Cricket :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 31, 2011, 05:15:13 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Cricket.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Cricket on July 31, 2011, 12:03:40 pm
Thanks Caz and Monkey Mind   :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: thehappysnapper on August 01, 2011, 12:07:27 am
Welcome Sonam and Cricket  ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jupitermadcat on August 04, 2011, 08:41:15 pm
Hello everyone

Newbie here looking for advice and friendship and some good Dharma too  where to start is the problem and with whom. 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 04, 2011, 09:34:36 pm
Welcome friend !  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: thehappysnapper on August 04, 2011, 10:56:25 pm
Hi  jupitermadcat   ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on August 05, 2011, 01:25:35 am
Hello everyone

Excellent name!   :)

Spiny
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on August 05, 2011, 09:40:17 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, JMC!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jupitermadcat on August 05, 2011, 06:16:18 pm
LOL nice! Thank you. :anjali:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Himalai on August 10, 2011, 06:58:51 am
Hello sangha! :)
Himalai on board. Looks like it's going to be a nice journey with all of you.

much metta.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 10, 2011, 09:45:42 am
Welcome Himalai  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Himalai on August 10, 2011, 11:05:52 am
Thank you!  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: thehappysnapper on August 11, 2011, 01:16:21 am
Hi Himalai  :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Karma on August 13, 2011, 09:47:46 am
Howdy to you all
This looks like a nice Buddhist forum so I thought I'd join in  :)
I've had a healthy respect for Buddhism for quite a few years and after reading a few books I decided to embrace Buddhism a little further.
So far It's feeling very comfortable and I'm really enjoying all the Dharma talks that are available online these days.

Metta :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 13, 2011, 09:48:52 am
Welcome Karma :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: thehappysnapper on August 13, 2011, 10:20:00 am
Hi Karma   ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Himalai on August 17, 2011, 06:49:20 am
Welcome Karma! And thank you thehappysnapper for welcoming me. :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Fee on September 23, 2011, 03:45:23 am
Hi All,

I'm Fee, and interested spectator rather than an active Buddhist at the moment.  I'm starting by reading about the three jewels and having a little meditate  :om:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wonky Badger on September 23, 2011, 04:05:42 am
Welcome to the boards, Fee!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Fee on September 23, 2011, 04:54:18 am
Thank you for the welcome Wonky!  What a great name you have :)

http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/ (http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on September 23, 2011, 05:04:16 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Fee. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Fee on September 23, 2011, 06:22:05 am
Thank you Monkey Mind... Is that a picture of your dog?  What a beauty x
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: The Seeker on September 23, 2011, 09:30:56 am
Another new face here. I've been interested in Buddhism for a long time, having read a fair few books on Theosophy, and I'm still finding my feet, so to speak.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on September 23, 2011, 03:36:41 pm
Welcome friends !  ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Mandarava on September 24, 2011, 12:10:16 pm
Hi there,
I found this forum while surfing the net.I was board so typed in ''Are the Muppets Buddhist'' and I'm glad I did because here I am, I found this forum.I've been practicing Buddhism since 2000. I took refuge with Gyaton Rinpoche from Sherab Ling Monastery In North India.My partner and I love spending time in India and have just returned home to South Wales after spending 12 months in the North and South.Busy saving now so we can do it all again.I'm so happy to have found this forum.
Thanks a lot. Esangha Refugee. :jinsyx:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on September 24, 2011, 12:46:02 pm
Welcome Mandarava nice to meet you :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Yeshe on September 24, 2011, 02:26:58 pm
Another new face here. I've been interested in Buddhism for a long time, having read a fair few books on Theosophy, and I'm still finding my feet, so to speak.

Welcome. :)

Satyan Nasti Paro Dharma. ;)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on September 24, 2011, 08:05:00 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha. Now I'm scratching my head, wondering about our Muppets connection. My favorite song of all times is Kermit Frog singing "Rainbow Connection", but I certainly did not put that in my profile.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: steven on November 01, 2011, 09:02:59 am
Hi thank you for welcoming me in your forum.

I am working for an NGO in Nepal  Siddhartha Foundation  http://www.khenpo-parrainage.org (http://www.khenpo-parrainage.org)

and I try to find sponsors for 75 tibetan lamas

Linda
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on November 01, 2011, 12:24:00 pm
"I'm glad I did because here I am, I found this forum."

So what you're saying is we're a bunch of muppets!

Welcome Mandarava!

Metta
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Post by: Undumbara on November 01, 2011, 12:38:18 pm
Just a little HI to greet all the existing members
Nice to see a forum still in use
What can I say ? Buddhist for quite some time, most of my interests are blogged herewww.undumbara.net (http://www.undumbara.net)
and I look forward to going through the discussions as we go along !

 :dharma:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on November 02, 2011, 04:03:07 am
So what you're saying is we're a bunch of muppets!

I am no muppet, I am a gumby ( Gud evening ) :teehee:

PS I wouldn't mind being a muppet though
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on November 02, 2011, 06:03:30 am
So Spiny, sorry Gumby you're thinking of taking yet another rebirth as...a muppet! (Kermit applause yeahhhh..)
If you could be a muppet which one would you be?
My guess is Animal.  :D
(Oh I'm off topic..)

Metta
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on November 02, 2011, 08:04:59 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Undumbara.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Hanzze on November 02, 2011, 08:10:12 am
Busy as hell, I (we, you...) nearly forgot Steven! *smile*
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: sval0902 on November 13, 2011, 07:06:18 am
good morning.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on November 13, 2011, 08:56:29 am
Hello Sval ! :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on November 17, 2011, 08:34:55 pm
Welcome Sval.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on November 27, 2011, 01:31:26 pm
Hi, Sval.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: kavi on November 28, 2011, 12:58:11 am
Hi everyone,

My name is Kavi, I have been a practicing Buddhist for almost five years, I do holistic bodywork basically Thai Yoga Therapy and massage for an occupation. I practice Wuji Qigong. Anyhoo hello!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on November 28, 2011, 10:59:45 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Kavi. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: TaylorS on December 18, 2011, 06:53:28 pm
Hello, I'm new here! I've been a Buddhist for about 2 years.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Tsomo on December 18, 2011, 08:16:05 pm
Hi thank you for welcoming me in your forum.

I am working for an NGO in Nepal  Siddhartha Foundation  [url]http://www.khenpo-parrainage.org[/url] ([url]http://www.khenpo-parrainage.org[/url])

and I try to find sponsors for 75 tibetan lamas

Linda

Hi Steven? or Linda?
Are you looking for sponsors for Lamas?
Are these Lamas men or WOMEN?
Well, just to let you know ....
I was sponsoring a male Tibetan Buddhist monk for eleven years,
up till last month (my already tiny income has been halved, can do no more just now).
But, as soon as I can sponsor again I will sponsor a WOMAN to become a fully ordained nun.
During my time in Buddhist education I have become over-sensitive maybe, with all the attention
going to males and monks, be it in reality, or in prayers.
I lived in a wonderful Buddhist Center, and will be for ever grateful for having had that experience,
most of all because a resident, highly accomplished senior Tibetan Rinpoche lives there, and that
is unusual, because Rinpoches usually travel much.
So, I being 'new' at the time to living and working in a Tibetan Buddhist Center,
was made aware of the fact that in India many Tibetan -monks- desperately needed a sponsor, etc.
Sure, I was glad to help a Tibetan monk-refugee out. 

BUT, what about nuns??????
I wasn't asked to sponsor a nun!
I will be frank.
As soon as it is possible I will sponsor a Mahayana nun.
Believe it or not, I am sick and tired of world wide, all pervading -unbridled- patriarchy. Period.
Good luck with finding sponsors!







 


Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: pung S on December 24, 2011, 03:39:47 am
hello all,

My name is sam and I am new here.  I used to be a regular at some other forums.  My tale is long and my journey filled with changes, so I won't go into it right now.  I hope that some will get to know me well enough to hear about it in my posts and stuff. 

my interests:  monasticism, translation, Vajrayana, zen, Theravada.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: face72 on January 19, 2012, 08:32:00 am
Hi my name is Mike but people call me Face. I'm new in this chat forum. I'm learning Zazen and I could use some help. I'm also A Army vet of ten years and I work on computers, and I do graphics.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on January 19, 2012, 01:50:34 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Face, I hope you enjoy your time here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: truthunites on February 27, 2012, 03:23:29 am
hi all :) my name is shane, at a point where im not sure where to go next. wondering wheather i even have a say in it. many many many questions and hours of chasing my own tail. here i am.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on February 27, 2012, 10:02:02 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Shane.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: graciegirl331 on February 28, 2012, 01:10:48 am
Hi, my name is Linda.  I've been practicing buddhism for approximately five years.  Glad I found this forum! 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Chris on March 11, 2012, 06:02:52 pm
Hi all,
     I'm very new to both this forum and the idea of Buddhism. At long last I am attending meditation classes here at the Buddhist training centre in Canberra, and it has fired my enthusiasm in discovering more about this peaceful way of living.

Learning meditation is one of those things from my bucket list that I have promised myself for quite a while, and I was told that learning to meditate may well lead to a greater interest in Buddhism and this seems to be the case.

Very happy to have found this forum, hopefully I can get answers to various questions that I'm sure will come up as I continue on this voyage of discovery.

Regards and best Chris  http://www.freesangha.com/forums/Smileys/default/sage.gif (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/Smileys/default/sage.gif)

 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: DhiDakini on March 12, 2012, 06:53:07 am
Hello Chris 59 :-) 

I'm a n00b to this forum too, but hey, welcome. 

Meditation is ace.  I was a wreck until 2009 when I started meditating, now I am not!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Gibbon on March 12, 2012, 11:48:09 am
Welcome Chris!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on March 15, 2012, 11:39:40 am
Welcome to FreeSangha Linda, Chris, and DhiDakini!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: maggie on April 27, 2012, 06:13:04 pm
Hi, I'm Maggie. I live in Canada (southern ontario). I am very new to Buddhism. I have just recently joined a mindfullness meditation
group and I am SO happy to have found this beautiful place!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on April 28, 2012, 10:07:07 am
Welcome to Freesangha, Maggie
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Amulet on May 16, 2012, 04:29:49 am
Hi i use the name 'Amulet' for posting here, i am an English Born Buddhist who lives in Thailand since over a decade.
I am an Author of Thai Occult and Buddhist/Animist Practices. My authorships are semi anthropological semi spiritual and detailed as far as occult and shamanistic practices are concerned.

I am in the process of erecting a Museum dedicated to revealing and preserving the Mysteries of Thai Occult Practices in context with its Buddhist Culture.

I am a supplier of Thai sacred Buddhist and Occult amulets and Buddhist Arts

I come to this forum to both read interesting posts and also to add my five cents worth based on my experiences in Practice in Thailand as a Layman and also as Buddhist Monk (i was ordained as a Forest Monk for some time)

I am a Buddhist who believes in the approach to the Maggha based on the 40 techniques of Insight Cultivation (Vipassana) as Taught by the Buddha Sakyamuni.

I am currently a Lay Practitioner practicing as a 'Ruesi' which is a Lay Practitioner who is dedicated to applyting his lay life to completely integrated Dhamma Practice.

I am currently manifesting a project for the creation of a learning center and Ashram which will house my project 'Sak Yant Foundation', dedicated to the documentation of the history and practice of Thai Buddhist Occult Tattooing
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Hanzze on May 16, 2012, 06:38:16 am
I see *smile* nice to meet you, (as well as all others here!)
I use to be straight forward, so please never feel personal affected if I ask something.
Why do you waist your time with such thing, or better, why do not give it a real finally try? It sounds like you made you possibility far beyond them of what most are capable.

How ever, I am sure you will bring a lot of insight into the forum but do not put to much on devious matters into, there are plenty enough. *smile*
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Sandy on May 16, 2012, 08:45:18 am
Hi My name is Sandy I have introduced myself before but today I feel like doing it again because I have change and I am in the process of more change. I feel the energy around me and flowing through me and my spirit is alive and well. I finally can say I am a Buddhist. :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: nirmal on May 16, 2012, 12:35:46 pm
Let your face the seasons structure
With the magic of your Buddha Nature
Through the mud you caught the light
You were surely on the right flight
I welcome you to post at will
Your pearl mind will always be still
You may like water, we ice
We'll make sure to you they're nice
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 17, 2012, 11:32:01 am
Welcome to all of the May 16 folks!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jmiah on May 24, 2012, 11:10:02 am
Hello,

My name is Jeremy and I'm from Pennsylvania. I'm looking for a place to expand my knowledge of Buddhism, mindfulness, and overall living a more peaceful existence. I've been "dabbling" in the practice of Buddhism/mindfulness/meditation for about 6 months but as you can imagine, I'm a bit isolated in my beliefs here. Any help/community support should be helpful.

Thanks,

jmiah (Jeremy)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Hanzze on May 24, 2012, 09:09:42 pm
Hi,

the turtle remembers me on a very good story: The healing of the bull (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/karunaratna/bl140.html).
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jmiah on May 25, 2012, 10:31:36 am
Hi,

the turtle remembers me on a very good story: The healing of the bull ([url]http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/karunaratna/bl140.html[/url]).


The turtle is a picture I took when mountain biking a few weeks ago. I enjoyed that story, thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 29, 2012, 12:08:40 am
Welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Mahasiddha Bodhisattva on June 01, 2012, 12:21:01 pm
I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada just after 4pm on April 9, 1954, just north-east of where I now live in Deer Park, Toronto. I became interested in spirituality and magic at the age of 10. This led to a succession of interests that led to a spiritual search that included a personal exploration lasting several decades of all of the major streams of human spiritual experience. Jung, Evans-Wentz, Guenon, Evola, and Mircea Eliade were my main guides. All of these activities came to fruition in 1988 or 1989 when I experienced a Vision of Red Tara, who was subsequently revealed to me by a Tibetan lama whose name I never knew. I did not speak of this experience for many years. I revere His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan system generally, as well as the Chinese “Secret Way,” the many facets of Zen, and the great Seongcheol of Korea, but I do not adhere to any school or organization, believing instead that the truth of religion lies in the interstices between all religions. Now, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I can focus on Padmasambhava, Dzogchen, and the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita). I am also a committed disciple of Heidegger and Herbert Guenther. I write three interconnected Buddhist blogs on the Pali Canon; Dharma Talk, consisting of poems and posts many of which arise spontaneously in my mind; and a struggling translation of the Tao-te Ching (that is not arising spontaneously in my mind!). I also write a blog on technocracy and social activism called AN_2045. Recently I started a video blog on Youtube, also called Pali Suttas. I am also interested in philosophy of science, metaphysics, relativity, quantum physics, string theory, cosmology, science fiction, futurism, economics, singulatarianism, transhumanism, computerization, robotics, immortalism, virtual reality, the Venus Project, the Zeitgeist movement, technocracy, anarcho-syndicalism, R. Buckminster Fuller, Jacque Fresco, Paolo Soleri, Ray Kurzweil, Michio Kaku, and the possiblity of extraterrestrial life. I have followed the Ten Mahayana Precepts since June 26, 2011, and plan to retire in seven years, when I can finally fulfil a lifetime wish to enter into permanent spiritual retreat, probably in Thailand or in South America. In the meantime I am preparing for this by sharpening my mind. In addition to the foregoing interests and activities I have managed to become editorial director of two publishing companies and acquire a B.A. in English. I live in Deer Park, Toronto, and practice in the local parks and ravines during the spring, summer and fall.

Publications

Professional Writing

Wealth Management Techniques
Derivatives Fundamentals Course
Canadian Mutual Funds Course

Books

Buddhist Self-Ordination: A Dharma Strategy for the West
The Secret Wisdom of 666 (writing as Max Demian)
Khatas

Articles

"Rebirth as the Empirical Basis of the Four Noble Truths" (Review)

Editions

The Secret of Getting Rich (Wallace Wattles)
Qingjing Jing (foreword writing as Max Demian)
The Collected Works of Ananda Metteyya (4 vols.)

Audio-Visual

Ten Minutes on Technocracy (Youtube)
Pali Suttas (Youtube)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on June 01, 2012, 05:20:50 pm
Welcome Mahasiddha Bodhisattva :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Oliver on June 14, 2012, 10:42:37 am
Hi All
I am Oliver, I am following Theravada Buddhism.

Metta
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on June 15, 2012, 07:54:50 am
Short and sweet. Welcome to FreeSangha, Oliver.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on June 16, 2012, 07:05:05 am
Hi All
I am Oliver, I am following Theravada Buddhism.

Metta

Welcome Oliver - could you tell us which teacher / tradition?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Oliver on June 16, 2012, 08:20:07 am
Hi All
I am Oliver, I am following Theravada Buddhism.

Metta

Welcome Oliver - could you tell us which teacher / tradition?
Hi Spiny
Thanks for the question. I currently don't have a teacher or specific tradition. However I am looking into the local groups. :)

Metta
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: truemoves on June 16, 2012, 01:26:03 pm
Hi everyone, my name is Dave, I'm 36. I study and practice Yoga and Buddhism. I'm inclined toward renunciation. I've been visiting various monasteries in the Theravada tradition in Canada, Mexico, Sri Lanka, USA and Thailand over the past 10 years . Right now I live off teaching dance ( b-boying)  and Yoga. I don't have a home, apartment or much possessions.  At present Im teaching on a First Nations reserve in Canada. After I'm thinking of building a cabin in remote Labrador or Newfoundland and following 10 precepts.

Best wishes
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Oliver on June 17, 2012, 01:58:04 am
Hi Dave
Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on June 17, 2012, 04:30:16 am
Hi All
I am Oliver, I am following Theravada Buddhism.

Metta


Welcome Oliver - could you tell us which teacher / tradition?

Hi Spiny
Thanks for the question. I currently don't have a teacher or specific tradition. However I am looking into the local groups. :)

Metta


This site might be of help:
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/index.php (http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/index.php)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Sherab2102 on June 17, 2012, 11:04:59 am
Evening,
My name is Sherab and I live in Devon, UK.
I am a student of Lama Jama Thaye of the Dechen Community and follow the Glorious Sakya Tradition.
Helloooooo xx
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on June 17, 2012, 06:12:33 pm
Dave and Sherab, welcome to FreeSangha. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: gaurav on June 26, 2012, 05:05:12 am
Hello,
Its a nice idea to have an introduction section; even if its a common thread. Anyways, I am Gaurav Manandhar. I am Buddhist by birth. I didn't know about this forum unless one of my friend told me about it. I hope I will learn new things here and can also share my views and ideas.
Thank you.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Pema Dorje on June 26, 2012, 02:55:35 pm
Hello gaurav, welcome to the family.  :anjali:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Jon on June 30, 2012, 03:46:28 pm
Hi I'm Jon and I live in Kansas City, KS. I have read some books of Buddhism - especially HH the Dali Lama's book Becoming Enlightened. I am very new at this but I find a lot of peace in meditation. I seek refuge in the Buddha, the doctrine, and the supreme community. I have many questions though.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: J. McKenna on June 30, 2012, 07:15:49 pm
funny       family is in kansas city this weekend
 
but
 
will be home tomorrow
 
 
new is relative and questions are always entertained    welcome    jon
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 01, 2012, 10:47:12 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Jon. I hope your time here is beneficial.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: sahaja on July 11, 2012, 01:33:58 pm
Primordial Dzogchen, Rogue Tulku, Distracted Yogi.
(That's all tongue in cheek) Oh yeah, one more;
Sangha Lineage: None
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Millan on August 02, 2012, 08:33:18 am
Hi, my name is Anne and I am new to all of this.  I am being pulled very strongly to learn and research the teachings of Buddhism.  But, there is SO much!!  There are so many types, so many words I don't understand.  I feel very overwhelmed on where to begin.  I am in search of a teacher or friend who has more knowledge and may be able to help me understand how to approach this.  I have begun to take refuge (I don't even know if that is the proper way to say it). 

Please feel free to personal message me if you have any insight or would like to help me find my way... 

In the meantime, I am going to take advantage of all the knowledge on the board and try to read as much as possible.  I have so many questions...
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Jon on August 04, 2012, 04:40:25 pm
Hi!
There certainly are some good opinions and insights here.
Welcome.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: J. McKenna on August 04, 2012, 07:14:08 pm
opinions range from weedlike in being noxious or invasive
 
 
all the way fruits of rich nectar and nutrition
 
 
 each appetite varies in spectrum from perceived choices
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on August 05, 2012, 09:44:02 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Anne.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: riju on August 07, 2012, 08:18:04 am
Warning
My real name is Ram Peswani. I am from Pune (India). Age above 75. I can talk only on Lotus sutra giving  refrence if required. My writings have been very very controversial.
Guatam Buddha said that this lotus sutra of mine is like a lions roar. To understand it is very difficult and to analyse it is still more difficult and to experience it is rarest of rare in these times.
 Yet I feel that I am going thro this experience.
Some of the persons writing on this site know me from Dharma wheel site. Dharma wheel has been feeling a lot of trouble from my writings and has many times blocked my writings. I have never been personal or angry or critical of others, though at some stages I have been mistreated. I do not believe in retaliation. But probably my utter confidence in my writings creates the wrong reaction.

I do want to express/ write my views on Lotus sutra on this site. But I would suggest the site administraters to inquire into my background  and writings. There are many of my writings available on Dharma wheel site.

I wait for approval.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 08, 2012, 01:40:15 am
Welcome Ram

If you write with compassion and respect for others then there is no harm in it granted you make it known these are your points of view.  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on August 08, 2012, 07:06:41 am
Welcome Ram. I don't know your work at Dharmawheel. I suggest reading our TOS and guidelines for posting. Stay true to those, then you won't have any problems.

http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=2134.msg32749#msg32749

http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=177.msg873#msg873
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Crimson on August 08, 2012, 07:24:02 am
Hi, my name is Sav,

And this is my first time signing up to a Buddhist forum.
I'm also a new student of Buddhism, and this looks like a great place to meet others + discuss a wide range of topics!

May happiness be with you!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on August 08, 2012, 10:26:23 am
Welcome to FreeSangha!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Caz on August 08, 2012, 12:46:49 pm
Hi, my name is Sav,

And this is my first time signing up to a Buddhist forum.
I'm also a new student of Buddhism, and this looks like a great place to meet others + discuss a wide range of topics!

May happiness be with you!

Hi Sav welcome !
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on August 09, 2012, 03:33:05 pm
Riju- I moved your question here: http://www.freesangha.com/forums/the-danger-zone/riju's-question/ (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/the-danger-zone/riju's-question/)

You identified it as controversial, and that is the section where we store (quarantine) controversial topics. I strive to keep this current area prestine for introductions.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jeramiah.parsons on August 12, 2012, 07:30:43 pm
Hello :),

My name is Jeramiah, and I'm still pretty fresh to Buddhism and I'm here to learn more. I'm usually a lurker unless I really like a topic and feel I have something valuable to say. I never comment on threads that I have done no research on, and I'm a pretty humble and easy going guy. For the basics I guess I'm a creative college student trying to get my AA in Graphic Design, I dabble in tattooing, and I draw giant charcoal reductions of famous people.

Kindest regards and brightest blessings,

Jeramiah
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on August 13, 2012, 08:00:41 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Jeramiah. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jay on August 27, 2012, 01:19:35 am
If you are so confused you can start here  http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm (http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm)...and i would highly recommend this http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/eightfoldpath.html (http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/eightfoldpath.html)  The Noble Eightfold Path will help to gain a perspective about buddhism and life in general .

                                                                                       metta :headbow:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: FallingLeaf on September 13, 2012, 09:46:52 am
Falling Leaf was going to avoid a formal introduction and try to slide in relatively unnoticed. But you did say 'please' , and we almost always respond to courtesy (and rarely the opposite). So hello, everyone.  Let's see if we can post an image:

(http://[url=http://static.zoonar.de/img/www_repository2/63/01/c6/10_c2761ab429a3fb519f2d7b8d0e57d803.jpg]http://static.zoonar.de/img/www_repository2/63/01/c6/10_c2761ab429a3fb519f2d7b8d0e57d803.jpg[/url])
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: FallingLeaf on September 13, 2012, 09:48:30 am
That seems not to have worked. We'll try a new approach later.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Melanie on September 19, 2012, 07:32:35 pm
Hello Everyone,

I am not the greatest friend of forums, generally. However, I am looking for like minded people and
hope to learn the lessons of life and generally about Buddhism from other lay people.

I am happy to say thoug, that so far I am very impressed by the friendly atmosphere around here.

So, I am hoping to make many friends and have a lot to ready here on a daily basis.

 :D  :grouphug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on September 19, 2012, 07:44:03 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Melanie
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ripple_on_Emptiness on September 20, 2012, 06:02:05 am
Hi,

I am Kris. I would be greatly honored to be of service to others with my humble experience.
Also I will greatly benefit from your knowledge to reduce my ignorance.

I am not attached to any label of me being a Buddhist, Bhakti Yogi, Hindu, ... On this matters I am more like a little child.

I am happy to be here, in this Cyber Sangha, in this universal Brotherhood of the Buddhist Path of the Forest Dwellers ...

With MegaMetta,

Kris
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Post by: FallingLeaf on September 20, 2012, 08:09:19 am
Hi Kris!
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Post by: Monkey Mind on September 20, 2012, 09:45:17 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Kris.
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Post by: BenPhoenix on September 26, 2012, 02:29:54 pm
Hello, my name is Ben.

I have just joined, have been looking to reach out and connect with Buddhists, with hopes that I can help myself to understand more.

I know little, I couldn't say I am a Buddhist, though I do want to be.

I was brought up to have disbelief in any faith whatsoever. I found no reason to question this, until last year, when I found a little book called "The teachings of Buddha" and started to read. It made sense, more than anything ever has before. I have trouble in my life, and how I feel and think. But when I am reading and reflecting on the words, I find peace like no other.

I hope that here I can expand on this, and find answers to questions.
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Post by: Caz on September 26, 2012, 02:49:49 pm
Welcome !
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Post by: Monkey Mind on September 26, 2012, 09:59:30 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha? Who was the author of the book?
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Post by: BenPhoenix on September 27, 2012, 12:34:02 pm
The author of the book is "the society for the promotion of buddhism" or Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai.

I don't think it is written by an individual as such. They are a society/group it is worth knowing about.
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Post by: Hmomgirls on November 29, 2012, 10:42:38 am
 Hi I'm very interested in becoming a Buddhist but I have some questions.
Are all Buddhist vegetarian? How is a Buddhist wedding preformed? How do you officially convert? How about a glass of wine during dinner?
Thank you,
Holly 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on November 29, 2012, 03:37:03 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha. There are many varied answers to your questions, as there are many different traditions in Buddhism and each solves day-to-day problems differently. No- not all Buddhists are vegetarian, but this is a highly controversial discussion. No- not all Buddhists abstain completely from alcohol, but also controversial. I will look for links to places here at FreeSangha where these topics are discussed in more detail. Be forewarned- online/ Internet Buddhists blow a lot of steam about these topics, but "real world" Buddhists tend to be more easy-going about these topics.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on November 29, 2012, 03:45:46 pm
Buddhism and Eating Meat
http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=2980 (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=2980)
http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=789 (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=789)
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Post by: Monkey Mind on November 29, 2012, 04:23:39 pm
Here is a discussion about the 5th Precept (Buddha's guidance to abstain from alcohol and drugs):
http://www.freesangha.com/forums/index.php?topic=1477
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Post by: Monkey Mind on November 29, 2012, 04:32:39 pm
Weddings: in the religion that was popular during Buddha's lifetime, priests charged a lot of money for blessing childbirth, weddings, and funerals. That same religion taught that if you didn't get the proper blessings for birth, marriage, and death, you'd have a cursed life. The Buddha accused these priests of abusing their authority, and Buddha forbade his monks and nuns from officiating marriage and funeral rites for money. In the Theravada tradition, a couple will have a secular wedding at the court house, and then afterwards go before monks/ nuns to request Triple Gem Refuge and the 5 precepts, as a way of blessing their marriage.

However, as Buddhism spread north and west, it moved into cultures that had a different set of expectations for monastics. There are several traditions in Buddhism that celebrate weddings as a religious event instead of a secular one, and many of these ceremonies are very beautiful.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on November 29, 2012, 04:41:31 pm
Here are two resources that might help answer your questions from a Theravada perspective. I encourage other members to post links for Mahayana and Vajrayana answers, if they are different.

http://www.buddhanet.net/qanda.htm (http://www.buddhanet.net/qanda.htm)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bogoda/wheel397.html (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bogoda/wheel397.html)

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Post by: Hmomgirls on November 30, 2012, 07:02:22 pm
Thank you for the information. Love the site.
Holly
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Post by: jason on December 12, 2012, 11:55:54 pm
Hi,

Buddhism is something I try to study and follow. Perhaps a concept of sangha will help motivate me to find more time to do so.

I look forward to making future threads awkward and uncomfortable!
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Post by: Monkey Mind on December 13, 2012, 09:20:36 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Jason
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Post by: BPauley on December 20, 2012, 10:54:01 am
After browsing and reading this forum for months, I am now a member. These teachings continue to help find the real me-- which was deluded by alcoholism and addiction for many years. Many thanks to all on here.
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Post by: Hmomgirls on December 20, 2012, 08:38:31 pm
Is anyone from the Atlanta area? I would like a mentor or a temple I can go to. I live in Lawrenceville .
Thank you
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Post by: Vajratantrika on December 21, 2012, 12:35:05 pm
Hi I'm very interested in becoming a Buddhist but I have some questions. [...]How do you officially convert?


Hello Holly,

In addition to the excellent information already offered by Monkey Mind, I also humbly add some further info from a Mahayana/Vajrayana perspective, which in the case of "how to become a Buddhist", or as you ask, "how do you officially convert?", may, if I am not mistaken, be the same as in the Theravada tradition.  Essentially, to convert to Buddhism one would  take Refuge in the Three Gems (or Jewels)  - The Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. One would also take the Pratimoksha Vows (also called the layperson's vows or the five precepts). The Pratimoksha Vows are:

(1) to refrain from killing,

(2) to refrain from stealing,

(3) to refrain from lying,

(4) to refrain from sexual misconduct,

(5) to refrain from using intoxicants.

For further insight into Taking Refuge, here is a teaching on this topic given by Lama Thubten Yeshe (http://www.buddhasvillage.com/teachings/ly_refuge.htm) that you might find helpful.

I also noticed that you said you are in the Atlanta area. That is where I am as well. I go to two different Dharma centers here, both are Mahayana/Vajrayana, but from two different lineages (one is Jonangpa and one is Gelugpa). I am more than happy to chat with you about any of this if you are interested, or provide info for the dharma centers so you can visit them.
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Post by: Vajratantrika on December 21, 2012, 12:56:26 pm
After browsing and reading this forum for months, I am now a member. These teachings continue to help find the real me-- which was deluded by alcoholism and addiction for many years. Many thanks to all on here.

Welcome BPauley. I am new here, but have already found it to be a welcoming and helpful forum. I wish you well in your struggles against alcoholism and addiction. Dharma offers many tools to aid in overcoming these afflictions, and so much more!
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Post by: Feathers on December 24, 2012, 12:22:23 pm
Hiya! I've been lurking and reading for a week or so, so thought I'd join. I'm not a Buddhist, but interested/learning. Nice to meet you all and happy holidays :-)
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Post by: NepalianBuddhist on December 26, 2012, 01:30:39 pm
Hi signed up after the forum became available.
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Post by: santamonicacj on December 26, 2012, 03:49:24 pm
Hi signed up after the forum became available.
Became available?
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Post by: NepalianBuddhist on December 26, 2012, 04:11:43 pm
Hi signed up after the forum became available.
Became available?


The other buddhist forum is blocked.
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Post by: Gary290 on January 01, 2013, 11:25:36 am
I'm 50 and live in Fla. with my wife and daughter.  I've practiced nichiren buddhism in the past but wan't crazy about the SGI.  I'm recovering from my second triple bypass surgery and am looking for a more peaceful lifestyle. I like the theravadan tradition a lot.  So that's where I'm at.  I hope to be an active member here.   
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Post by: Monkey Mind on January 01, 2013, 11:32:00 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Gary. I hope you enjoy your time here. Switching from Nichiren to Theravada seems like quite a leap. I'd be interested in learning more about how those pieces come together.
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Post by: Gary290 on January 01, 2013, 11:56:16 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Gary. I hope you enjoy your time here. Switching from Nichiren to Theravada seems like quite a leap. I'd be interested in learning more about how those pieces come together.

I practiced nichiren buddhism with the NSA/SGI in my early 20's.  I was active and go go go back then.  Now I'm older, slower, and more reflective, I guess.  I really want to quiet my mind and express loving kindness to others. 
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Post by: Monkey Mind on January 01, 2013, 07:53:58 pm
That makes perfect sense, thanks for sharing...
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Post by: Richard on January 03, 2013, 04:41:20 am
Hi.

My name is Richard.

I have been practicing Buddhism for around 15 years.

I started out in the Zen tradition but now practice in the Theravada school. I am looking forward to meeting dhamma friends on this forum.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on January 03, 2013, 09:28:57 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Richard.
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Post by: Richard on January 03, 2013, 03:39:41 pm
Thankyou Monkey Mind  :namaste:
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Post by: Caz on January 03, 2013, 03:41:57 pm
Welcome Richard !
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Post by: Richard on January 04, 2013, 03:41:04 am
Thankyou Caz.
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Post by: toc626 on January 20, 2013, 12:36:15 pm
Hi,
My name is Tom. I have had a long-time interest in Buddhism, yet would not identify myself as a Buddhist. I would need to make a commitment to practice in order to take that step. I have been introduced to mindfulness fairly recently, and this has renewed my interest in Buddhist thought and practice in general.
I am looking forward to learning from all of you on this forum.
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Post by: Richard on January 20, 2013, 02:08:52 pm
A very warm welcome to you.

 :namaste:
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Post by: Monkey Mind on January 20, 2013, 07:26:59 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Tom. I hope this site is useful for you.
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Post by: icelemon on January 30, 2013, 02:07:28 am
Hello, I' m Nichiren-Shoshu believers from Indonesia.

I am a believer for 20++ year. :)
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Post by: Monkey Mind on January 30, 2013, 07:54:18 am
Welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: sarah on February 05, 2013, 07:49:15 am
Hi all,
I'm new here on FreeSangha, looking forward to your guidance  :namaste:
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Post by: Monkey Mind on February 05, 2013, 12:49:47 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: johnydeep196 on February 09, 2013, 03:48:05 am
Hello! My name is V.Kumar and I am begining with freesangha in February2013.
I deal with most aspects of E-Cigrates ,
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Post by: Monkey Mind on February 09, 2013, 05:41:10 am
Welcome to FreeSangha
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Post by: RMH on February 14, 2013, 03:52:42 pm
Greetings one and all

I come from Ottawa and have been a practicing Buddhist for nearly 6 years. I am in very poor health but find the practice of daily meditation and of reading about impermanence help me immensely. I also find my hobby of amateur astronomy to be soothing, too.
I have learned to be at peace with the way things are and receive an enormous amount of spiritual support from my fellow Buddhists. I can hardly describe the immense feelings of gratitude I have for each and every moment. I am grateful to my friends, the numerous doctors who are helping me but I am especially grateful for those who hate me for they are the perfect chance to pratice metta and empathy. They suffer as much from their own self-loathing as that directed at me that I cannot but wish only peace and gladness for them.

I may not always be able to post as frequently as I would like - extremely poor health is like that - but I will participate as much as I can.

Metta to all and may you all be well
Ruth
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Post by: Monkey Mind on February 14, 2013, 08:30:03 pm
Very pleased to meet you, Ruth. Welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: Dairy Lama on February 15, 2013, 03:38:42 am
I also find my hobby of amateur astronomy to be soothing, too.

That sounds fascinating.  How much can you see, is there much light pollution where you live?
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Post by: DeviSingh on February 17, 2013, 07:39:49 am
Hi All Sangha friends,

I am from india and by profession i am a engineer and now-a-days i am planing to practice NGONDRO under Mahayana. I have already initiated the process and my guru has already instructed me to first take prostration.

So i expect that the other sangha fellow who are also in the process of same can share their valuable experiences here so that other can also get motivated to the process.


thanks a lot
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Post by: Monkey Mind on February 17, 2013, 11:59:38 am
Welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: kanzen on February 20, 2013, 06:05:03 pm
Hi folks,
Just found this group and am thrilled. I became interested in Zen in the mid 70s. Read and sat now & then for years, but as a non-joiner, never looked for a teacher or Sangha. Finally, during a time of personal turmoil in the 90s, I did find a local Zen group in the Kwan Um School. I've practiced within this school ever since except for a couple of years studying Vipassana.

I live in the country in Kansas.  So other than 4 retreats each year in the beautiful Flint Hills and a few 100 mile drives now and then for evening practice, I practice alone. Maybe I can help others in similar circumstances?

I look forward to learning from posters here as we'll as to sharing my experience as a long time Zen student. Let's all work together to help save all beings from suffering.
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Post by: santamonicacj on February 20, 2013, 06:37:11 pm
Hi All Sangha friends,

I am from india and by profession i am a engineer and now-a-days i am planing to practice NGONDRO under Mahayana. I have already initiated the process and my guru has already instructed me to first take prostration.

So i expect that the other sangha fellow who are also in the process of same can share their valuable experiences here so that other can also get motivated to the process.


thanks a lot
Good luck with prostrations. Which tradition are you practicing? My bet is that it is Kagyu.
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Post by: Darcy on February 21, 2013, 12:15:06 am
Hello, My name is Darcy, I am looking to start Buddhism. It just makes the most sense and I feelthat this belief system is closer to who I am as a perso.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on February 21, 2013, 07:05:47 am
Welcome Darcy and Kanzen
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Post by: DeviSingh on February 21, 2013, 09:18:40 pm
Hi santamonicacj,

Precisely its Phyag-chen(or Chagchen) and for prostartion we amagin Dorje Chang(or Vajradhara) as the center of refugee tree.


regards
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Post by: santamonicacj on February 21, 2013, 10:19:28 pm
Hi santamonicacj,

Precisely its Phyag-chen(or Chagchen) and for prostartion we amagin Dorje Chang(or Vajradhara) as the center of refugee tree.

"ChagChen" is a contraction of "Chagpa Chenpo", which is Tibetan for MahaMudra. MahaMudra is Sanskrit. It is the main formless meditation of the Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug.

The Gelug use Sakyamuni as their central figure in the Refuge Tree, so you're not Gelug. I'm not sure about the Sakya, but they don't emphasize prostrations. So the likelihood is that you are one of the many forms of Kagyu.

Well, as I said, good luck! You're going to get into shape if you keep it up. And as the personal trainers here in L.A. say, "no pain, no gain."
;D
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Post by: drakene on February 24, 2013, 03:04:26 pm
Greetings - very very new to this but incredibly keen to learn
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Post by: Monkey Mind on February 24, 2013, 05:10:05 pm
Welcome, Drakene.
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Post by: Michael021875 on February 25, 2013, 07:16:07 am
Hi Free Sangha
 I'm Michael. For about the past year or year and a half the study of Buddhism has become of great interest to me. I was raised as a Christian but I actually find what seems to be more truth in Buddhism. The more I read the more intrigued I get and the more I want to learn about the path. Unfortunately, It is not all that well accepted by my family or my community. I joined this site to very hopefully learn more about the path as well as to have people of similar interests to have discussions with and also. Thank you very much for allowing me to join your community and I look forward to many great conversations and insight.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on February 25, 2013, 03:16:14 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Michael
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Post by: Michael021875 on February 28, 2013, 08:30:23 am
 Thank you very much. I'm very glad to be a part of Free Sangha
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Post by: aknishtha on April 17, 2013, 04:40:13 am
Hello friends, I'm in Tibetan Nyngma Tradition, preparing myself to practice Dzogchen.
I'm pretty sceptical person, which mean that I always need a lot of critical analysis before I accept any philosophical assumption, that's why I'm here, to share & debate ideas with you.

Sarva Mangalam
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Post by: Monkey Mind on April 17, 2013, 06:51:24 am
Welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: Nerbarn on April 21, 2013, 10:53:06 am
Hello folks!
I'm interested in Buddhism and I hope to learn a lot from you all.
I'm 19 years old and I live in the Netherlands. Not much more to tell actually.
See you around.
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Post by: Pema Dorje on April 21, 2013, 01:33:25 pm
Hello folks!
I'm interested in Buddhism and I hope to learn a lot from you all.
I'm 19 years old and I live in the Netherlands. Not much more to tell actually.
See you around.

Welcome! Please let us know if you have any questions.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on April 21, 2013, 01:41:03 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Nerbarn.
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Post by: Amjoba on April 21, 2013, 05:17:30 pm
Hello All!  I call myself a "student" of Buddhism, as no formal instruction, etc.  I have feel at home in Buddhism since I first read about it, at age 19--I'm now 67.  I love the Dalai Lama; I pray with my mala every morning and it starts my day off right.  May all benefit!
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Post by: Monkey Mind on April 21, 2013, 05:42:48 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Amjoba
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Post by: Helene on April 25, 2013, 01:45:03 pm
Hello everyone! I live in UK and practicing Soto Zen for little more then 5 years, however I was interested in Buddhism for may years before I started practicing. I took Jukai at Throssel. I would like to join your forum.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on April 25, 2013, 03:44:31 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Helene. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on April 26, 2013, 06:29:26 am
Hello everyone! I live in UK and practicing Soto Zen for little more then 5 years, however I was interested in Buddhism for may years before I started practicing. I took Jukai at Throssel. I would like to join your forum.

Welcome to FreeSangha.  Do you mean Throssel Hole priory?  I've heard about it but haven't visited.
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Post by: JonathanWC90 on April 26, 2013, 07:09:52 am
Greetings all,

Thank you for providing a forum to create a global sangha community!
My name is Jonathan. I am a graduating university student in the United States, near Philadelphia.
I've done a lot of deep thinking over the past years, and my path happens to lead me here at the present time.
I look forward to engaging in thoughtful discussions here.

Jonathan
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Post by: Monkey Mind on April 26, 2013, 08:15:46 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Jonathan.
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Post by: joyful on May 14, 2013, 12:23:57 pm
hi i am joyful because i have found a path to liberation, through the kadampa tradition. i am currently reading dhamma and meditating on self grasping, although i  am having trouble with the idea of giving practices for all sentient beings. :dharma:
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Post by: Monkey Mind on May 14, 2013, 12:31:50 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: greenglen on May 27, 2013, 06:30:57 am
Just enrolled in your community. I'm James, 68. Slipped into Buddhism many years ago. Attended retreats - even lived at a retreat centre for a while before slipping out of Buddhism again. I think I overexposed myself to the grand statements and declarations of others who were convinced they had achieved enlightenment after ten minutes quasi-meditation.
That sounds cynical I know. A better person would have practiced patience and tolerance without judging. I just thought, "I don't need this - I can get it from any politician."
Perhaps I'm now better placed to re-approach Buddha, Dharma and Sangha...a bit older - maybe a bit wiser?
I wonder how many other folk have gone through this process. I know of one other who had a similar experience and went on to become ordained. I have no such plans but would like to seek to regain some of the peace I abandoned so many years ago.
I look forward to communicating with other like-minded folk.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 27, 2013, 07:21:34 am
Welcome to FreeSangha. I used to work for a boss who claimed to be enlightened, and occasionally we encounter those characters here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: bloominRose on May 27, 2013, 02:03:12 pm
i like that this is a global sangha too. its fun and interesting to talk to people in other countries. im half british, half american, and ive always wanted to go see all the other places that this world has to offer; i would especially like to see the uk, where my mum and all her family come from. i find myself watching bbc and itv, not only for the fun programs, but also just to hear someone who sounds like my mum; its immensely comforting.
btw, if anyone out there would like an email penpal in arizona, or even a snail mail penpal, hit me up. id love to have some international (or anyone in the us also) mail to read and answer, different views to discuss and ideas to exchange!
 :grouphug:
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Post by: nettles on May 27, 2013, 02:33:08 pm
Namaste everyone.... :hug:

Where abouts is your mum from BloominRose?

and what  is  snail mail ?
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Post by: bloominRose on May 28, 2013, 02:50:28 am
my mother was born in london, in islington and passed away in 1999. i miss the sound of her voice, so sometimes i just watch or listen to something english because its very soothing to me. actually, any of the accents or dialects from there are, because she and i spent time watching bbc productions together as a shared activity, and thats a fond memory as well. she was a great, funny, bold, and dear mom to me! :hug:

snail mail is regular post (snail, because it takes so much longer than just messaging or emailing)
i got your pm though, nettles and we can correspond that way easily. its quicker anyway!
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Post by: Yellowbellied Sapsucker on May 28, 2013, 11:46:57 am
Hi there.

My name is too long with this underscore as you can see... maybe a moderator could replace it with a space for me?  :namaste:
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Post by: nettles on May 28, 2013, 01:46:35 pm
Hi there.

My name is too long with this underscore as you can see... maybe a moderator could replace it with a space for me?  :namaste:

 :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: kchan on May 28, 2013, 03:15:01 pm
Hello, I'm Kchan. I have been to Koyasan in 2010 and I attended the Jukai ceremony and I received the precepts. When i returned to Canada, I felt like I was really in the wilderness because I needed a spiritual practice and I had no idea how to acquire one. I dothe daily practice and I have been doing zazen. So I got what I really needed : a practice. I really am a member of the laity. I am married and I have no intention of becoming a monk or a nun. I have grown children. I really needed a zazen practice. I really appreciate having this site because when I recite the daily practice and I recite the mantras they do not sound anything like they are suposed to. Being in the wilderness really helped me learn to do zazen though : there were few distractions. So I recite the daily practice, although not daily. I do zazen, sometimes more or less often. and now I can listen to the mantras. I have bought two books : one on "Japanese Mandalas" and "Kukai : Major works." I should admit that although I have looked these two books over, I have not read them cover to cover. It has never been my intention to learn more mikkyo than the Japanese. And anything that I do learn has to be useful to me. Now that I can listen to the mantras the way that they are recited in the temple at Koyasan, I am spending less time doing the daily practice because I do not sound like th preists. Reciting the practice helped me learn the mantras, and their meaning to a certain extent, but not how to recite them. I do not know what to do about this.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 28, 2013, 05:15:53 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha. I hope you find the answers that you need.

Are there any Zendo's in your area? Are these practices on YouTube?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ekips on May 29, 2013, 03:24:12 am
My name is Che.  I'm a HS senior (just turned 18 4 days ago) who has been studying Buddhism in general for about 3-4 months now.  I joined this forum in the hopes of finding guidance and assistance on a steady learning path of modern-day Buddhism.  There are so many routes to take, and I feel like being around like-minded people will give me a better sense of direction in terms of learning.   I make music and a whole lot of other things, but I won't advertise here.

You can just call me by my username, backwards  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on May 29, 2013, 06:16:12 am
My name is Che.  I'm a HS senior (just turned 18 4 days ago) who has been studying Buddhism in general for about 3-4 months now.  I joined this forum in the hopes of finding guidance and assistance on a steady learning path of modern-day Buddhism.  There are so many routes to take, and I feel like being around like-minded people will give me a better sense of direction in terms of learning.   I make music and a whole lot of other things, but I won't advertise here.

You can just call me by my username, backwards  :pray:

Welcome "spike" ( have I got that right? ).
What part of the world are you in?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ekips on May 29, 2013, 06:55:54 am
My name is Che.  I'm a HS senior (just turned 18 4 days ago) who has been studying Buddhism in general for about 3-4 months now.  I joined this forum in the hopes of finding guidance and assistance on a steady learning path of modern-day Buddhism.  There are so many routes to take, and I feel like being around like-minded people will give me a better sense of direction in terms of learning.   I make music and a whole lot of other things, but I won't advertise here.

You can just call me by my username, backwards  :pray:

Welcome "spike" ( have I got that right? ).
What part of the world are you in?

yes.

and america. jersey, specifically.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on May 29, 2013, 07:01:55 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Che.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ekips on June 06, 2013, 02:49:00 pm
Bless. Glad to be apart.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Roadblock on June 12, 2013, 07:29:00 pm
Hello.  I am an aspiring Buddhist that is not exactly hardcore by any sense of the word, but I have come to deeply value the teachings of Buddha.  They have turned my life around and given me something to live for, instead of in fear of.  Most of my family are devoted Catholics who feel I have made a mistake by turning to Buddhism, and so interactions with my family has become stressful.  My wife is no Catholic, but she is Christian, and won't talk to me about religion anymore.  She feels I've made a mistake as well.

But I know I am doing the right thing.  I do not believe in God or the holiness of Jesus Christ.  I believe in reason, logic and common sense as the true way to live a life, just as Buddha did.  I still have paranoias and fears of punishment from God, but I am working things out, slowly but surely.  I am the happiest I have been in 20 years, and so I know that while Christianity can be a healing truth to some, it does nothing but suppress me and drench me in anxieties.

I come to this forum seeking friendship and an understanding ear to speak to.  I am tired of being labelled an oddball or an outcast.  I may not "officially" be a Buddhist, but I certainly believe in it (well, most of it.  Buddha said we didn't have to believe everything he said).  Buddhism has saved me, and I wish to express my thankfulness to those of you who care to listen.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on June 12, 2013, 07:56:55 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha, Roadblock.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on June 13, 2013, 02:15:10 am
I come to this forum seeking friendship and an understanding ear to speak to. 

Welcome Roadblock.  Is there a particular type of Buddhism that you've connected with, or is it a more general interest?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Roadblock on June 13, 2013, 09:42:30 am
I've always been a little fascinated with Zen Buddhism, but there is a Theravada temple near my home, which I have gone to many times, although it has been a while.  I'm not picky, I'll take whatever I can find at the moment.  As I learn about more types, maybe I'll find the perfect match.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ground on June 13, 2013, 11:08:33 am
Go into nature, woods, near lakes and sit. you may meet the most supreme zen masters there.  :fu:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Adosa on June 14, 2013, 08:18:59 pm
Hello,

My name is Jen. I'm new to Buddhism, and would like to make friends and learn more wisdom.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: nettles on June 15, 2013, 11:19:14 am
 :anjali: everyone that really is
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on June 18, 2013, 09:32:37 am
Welcome to FreeSangha, Jen.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: lone Buddhist on June 19, 2013, 06:34:24 pm
Namaste,

        I am the lone Buddhist because live in a country where there is no Buddhist Community. My knowledge of meditation and Buddhism comes from books, the Internet and a society I was once a part of that initiated and trained me in meditation. Since my adolescence I have read about and been fascinated and admired Buddhism. My area of interest is Zen as it relates to Advaita Vedanta which I have practiced for many years. I have no access to a physical master or sangha. I practice daily on my own. The practice of zen meditation has brought me a silent mind and great freedom from stress and anxiety. If you can breathe and walk you can achieve liberation through buddhism. It is my feeling and experience that right concentration is the most important step on the 8 fold path. Master this and you will find the other steps natural and easy. I am not a buddha yet but I am making good progress. It my desire to be part of a sangha to learn from others. It is entirely possible that there is something I could be missing, books don't tell you everything. So please teach me.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Monkey Mind on June 19, 2013, 07:00:27 pm
Lone Buddhist, welcome to FreeSangha. I hope you don't mind, but I moved your post to the introductions thread. I am hoping other members will want to say hello, and I did not want to clog up the "How and Why to Meditate" thread.

I did the lone wolf practice for many years. I thought there were no Sanghas in my area. In retrospect, there were practice communities available, but I just did not put a lot of effort into finding them. I also believe that if no local groups are available, it is worth a "pilgrimage" once or twice a year to seek out a decent Sangha. IMHO.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: VACoder on June 23, 2013, 04:34:33 pm
Greetz!

Glad to find you all here! I'm looking forward to learning and sharing here.

Best,
Rich
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on June 23, 2013, 05:42:58 pm
Greetz!

Glad to find you all here! I'm looking forward to learning and sharing here.

Best,
Rich

Hey how have you been,what you interested in talking about?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: hickersonia on July 05, 2013, 06:06:00 am
Hello friends,

My name is David and I've been practicing the Buddha's teachings for about 18 months. My reading and study has focused heavily on the Pali Nikayas, but I've also read a number of Thich Nhat Hanh's works, among others, on the Mahayana side of things. I have taken up the weekend practice of alternating between services at a local Vietnamese temple every other week and on the weeks in-between I listen to or watch teachings online in English (I have a particular preference to Ajahn Brahm, it seems).

I'm married to a Christian woman and we have two children. The family is supportive, within certain limits, of my practice -- in other words, my largest obstacles are created by me rather than inflicted on me by others. My wife, in particular, has been pleased since I decided to quit drinking (when I chose to start observing the five precepts) so I think she appreciates my practice [at least] on a practical level.

I'm a member of a few other Buddhist forums and came across this one almost entirely by accident. Figured I would join.

As on the other forums on which I'm a member, I'll probably observe more than post. I'm not into arguing about one tradition over another, and that has been a common theme I've noted on pretty much every forum I've visited. I think the wide variation in traditions sparks some of these things, but the arguments seem to be symptomatic of attachment to views more than anything else so I just try to stay out of it.

I hope you are well and at peace.  :headbow:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on July 05, 2013, 06:42:39 am
I think the wide variation in traditions sparks some of these things, but the arguments seem to be symptomatic of attachment to views more than anything else so I just try to stay out of it.

Yes, you're right, views can be a real nuisance!  Anyway, welcome to FreeSangha, and I hope you find something of interest here. :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Transition on July 05, 2013, 01:54:56 pm
Hi and I glad to have found this forum...although I am new here, I am not a new practitioner...when reading this forum, I enjoyed the response of many variations on practice and look forward to joining those members  with a differing understanding.

Wishing you all great contentment and much inspiration
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on July 05, 2013, 02:53:11 pm
Hi and I glad to have found this forum...although I am new here, I am not a new practitioner...when reading this forum, I enjoyed the response of many variations on practice and look forward to joining those members  with a differing understanding.

Wishing you all great contentment and much inspiration

peace and love to you

and welcome to our family.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Transition on July 05, 2013, 06:39:55 pm
Thank you so much
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Lee on July 14, 2013, 06:36:32 pm
Hi, my name is Lee.  For a few years I have been doing the best I can acquiring resources and learning Buddhism.  I am married, have a daughter, and I am the only buddhist in my life.  I could sure use some friends, especially with a life that always tries to pull me away from my goal.

I look forward to connecting to and learning from you all!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on July 14, 2013, 10:25:44 pm
Hi, my name is Lee.  For a few years I have been doing the best I can acquiring resources and learning Buddhism.  I am married, have a daughter, and I am the only buddhist in my life.  I could sure use some friends, especially with a life that always tries to pull me away from my goal.

I look forward to connecting to and learning from you all!

Hey Lee how have you been?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Lee on July 15, 2013, 08:08:01 am
I have been relatively well, thank you.  How have you been?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SeekingBalance on July 24, 2013, 10:43:02 pm
Hi my name is Tawni i look forward to learning and sharing with everyone. I am brand new to Buddhism & have just begun learning about it I need all the help & suggestions i can get.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on July 24, 2013, 10:44:42 pm
Hi Tawni and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on July 24, 2013, 11:16:28 pm
Hi my name is Tawni i look forward to learning and sharing with everyone. I am brand new to Buddhism & have just begun learning about it I need all the help & suggestions i can get.

welcome to the Family
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: topology on July 29, 2013, 11:24:52 pm
Hi everyone,

I've  just joined. Have been interested in Buddhism for a couple of years but have stayed away from a sangha in real life for several reasons (not ready, too far away, my young children, etc). Feeling the need to connect with Buddhists now, so this is my first step.

I'm in Australia, mother to two children, and as you can tell from my username I quite like maths. Howdy!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on July 29, 2013, 11:29:34 pm
Hi Topology and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on July 29, 2013, 11:33:00 pm
Hi everyone,

I've  just joined. Have been interested in Buddhism for a couple of years but have stayed away from a sangha in real life for several reasons (not ready, too far away, my young children, etc). Feeling the need to connect with Buddhists now, so this is my first step.

I'm in Australia, mother to two children, and as you can tell from my username I quite like maths. Howdy!

Welcome to the Family
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: former monk john on July 29, 2013, 11:51:35 pm
Welcome Topology, Im Australian but I've lived in california for many years, still miss OZ.
Title: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Nat83 on July 31, 2013, 01:21:08 pm
Hi! Im Nat, im 30 years old from Venezuela and looking forward to speaking with other Buddhists.
:)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on July 31, 2013, 01:49:08 pm
Hi Nat and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: kati_ireland on August 03, 2013, 01:22:48 pm
Hi dear friends in the Dharma,
I'm delighted to have found you guys. May I be of benefit to all that cross my path.
Kind regards,
Lobsang Dekyi
Title: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on August 03, 2013, 02:16:48 pm
Welcome!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on August 03, 2013, 02:26:22 pm
Hi dear friends in the Dharma,
I'm delighted to have found you guys. May I be of benefit to all that cross my path.
Kind regards,
Lobsang Dekyi

Hey Kati welcome to the family.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SnowLioness on August 13, 2013, 12:45:15 pm
Namaste. I've been on my own on the path for a few months. I'm drawn to Tibetan Buddhism, thanks of course to HH the Dalai Lama, and all I have learned seems very natural and right.

I've been meditating off and on much of my life, whenever I felt stressed, as a "quick fix". Somehow, I never put it together as part of daily spiritual practice until recently. Duh......but the light bulb is now on! I would like to learn from you all and (hopefully) will be quiet at first.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on August 13, 2013, 03:36:41 pm
Hi SnowLioness and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on August 13, 2013, 07:22:37 pm
welcome to the family Snowlioness
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Marleana on August 14, 2013, 02:43:07 pm
Hi! I am a newbie here and to Buddhism. I've been circling and eyeing it for awhile but recently have begun studying it more. I like it. Buddhism really feels right to me. Anyway, howdy to all!  :anjali:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on August 14, 2013, 02:55:51 pm
Hi Marleana and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: torimeng on August 14, 2013, 10:44:16 pm
Hello. I am tori, come from china, well, now I am live in canada. though I am a newcomer for buddhism officially, I believe in it when I was born. I guess the people live in china right now, not sure if they have belief, like me.

I landed in Canada for 5 years. before I came here, I did not know a lot of buddhism, perhaps coz I has never felt really tough in my life at that time. I believe I can handle everything.
I love talking, communication, and love share and smile. But everything changed on the first day in Canada. Totally new life for me, no friends, no family and no job. I become depression, the worse thing was my english is too bad to talk with others. I was changed to insociable automatically. Then I started to think about my life, my heart, coz only I can talk to is myself. Then buddhism came to me, teach me how to positive face to life, especial tough life. Right now I am doing what I love to do, although my english is still weird and my colleagues barely chat with me. I wont feel that lonely.

I have meditation every day and chant "Om Mani Peme Hum", feels good and peaceful.

Hope have more friends here
Tori
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Lobster on August 14, 2013, 11:36:56 pm
Hey Tori :hug:

Are you the only Chinese in Canada? Or where you are? Surprising. Your English is better than my Mandarin.
Ni Hao (that is it)

To have friends coming in from afar, how delightful
有朋自远访来, 不亦乐乎

OM MANI PEME HUM HRIH
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on August 14, 2013, 11:40:38 pm
Hello. I am tori, come from china, well, now I am live in canada. though I am a newcomer for buddhism officially, I believe in it when I was born. I guess the people live in china right now, not sure if they have belief, like me.

I landed in Canada for 5 years. before I came here, I did not know a lot of buddhism, perhaps coz I has never felt really tough in my life at that time. I believe I can handle everything.
I love talking, communication, and love share and smile. But everything changed on the first day in Canada. Totally new life for me, no friends, no family and no job. I become depression, the worse thing was my english is too bad to talk with others. I was changed to insociable automatically. Then I started to think about my life, my heart, coz only I can talk to is myself. Then buddhism came to me, teach me how to positive face to life, especial tough life. Right now I am doing what I love to do, although my english is still weird and my colleagues barely chat with me. I wont feel that lonely.

I have meditation every day and chant "Om Mani Peme Hum", feels good and peaceful.

Hope have more friends here
Tori

Hey welcome to the family
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: torimeng on August 16, 2013, 11:19:48 am
Thanks

Hey Lobster. I am not only chinese in canada,  :cheesy: coz the first year I lived in a small the cold town. hv no idea why I was in there which did not have that many chinese ppl. But now I appreciate that experience.

有朋自远访来, 不亦乐乎 really nice words
 :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: pops on September 01, 2013, 02:50:29 am
Hello all,  I am pops and I live in the UK with my husband and 2 sons,  I'm letting go of being a Christian after 15 years and discovering many questions about existence that it's okay to not know the answer to :D
I've read a lot of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai lama and a great book by Steve Hagen, all of which has lead to me wanting a space to work through my thoughts and views.
Having lurked a little in the seeker section,  here I am   :curtain:

Thanks,  pops xxx
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Lobster on September 01, 2013, 03:07:50 am
Hi Pops,

 :hug: welcome
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on September 01, 2013, 04:30:48 am
 hey Pops
 welcome to the family.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on September 01, 2013, 06:56:28 am
Hello all,  I am pops and I live in the UK with my husband and 2 sons,  I'm letting go of being a Christian after 15 years and discovering many questions about existence that it's okay to not know the answer to :D
I've read a lot of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai lama and a great book by Steve Hagen, all of which has lead to me wanting a space to work through my thoughts and views.
Having lurked a little in the seeker section,  here I am   :curtain:

Thanks,  pops xxx

Welcome, pops.  Look forward to reading your posts and responses.  Here's hoping you keep lurking.!   :wink1:

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Emily on September 04, 2013, 09:00:07 pm
My name is Emily I live in Salt Lake City and I'm new to this whole thing. I've been reading about Buddhism for well over a year and am ready to start meditating and maybe finding a center or temple here to attend to learn more as I don't retain written info very well. Luckily there are I think around 12 different places here where Buddhism is practiced in one form or another.

I am 28 and getting ready to attend college in January and at the moment am helping raise a litter of 6 kittens which is a good test of patients :). I was raised Christian but never really felt it was my thing, I've always been one to question everything so in the end I went atheist and was just reading about different religions to understand them better and came across Buddhism and I've been trying to learn more ever since.

Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on September 04, 2013, 09:02:48 pm
Hi Emily and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on September 05, 2013, 07:12:26 am
Welcome, Emily.  Look forward to reading your posts and replies.  Please feel free to ask any of us questions.  I lived for awhile in Palmyra, NY area where Joseph Smith was given The Golden Tablets by Moroni.  So, I am quite familiar with the brand of Christianity to which you refer.

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Lobster on September 05, 2013, 09:20:54 am
 :hug: Hi Emily,
Welcome :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: wingmen on September 05, 2013, 10:10:50 am
I am Cali Asian guy. I like to eat raw eel. Hello.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on September 05, 2013, 01:17:21 pm
I am Cali Asian guy. I like to eat raw eel. Hello.

Hey, Wingmen!  Welcome.  I had to give up eel, substituting carrots, cellery, and beans in rice wrapped with seaweed.   :D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on September 05, 2013, 01:20:35 pm
Never had it myself, but I recall someone saying it had the texture of rubber. Is this true?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SmnMrk on September 09, 2013, 04:23:30 pm
Hi, I'm Simon and I live in the UK :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Lobster on September 09, 2013, 04:46:50 pm
I have had jellied eels. Which I did not like, though my crayfish cousins are keen on elvers. If in sushi form I would probably love eel.  :gawrsh:

Hi Simon.  :hug:
Hi Wingman.  :hug:

Be kind to the Fish.  <3
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on September 09, 2013, 07:59:50 pm
Hi, I'm Simon and I live in the UK :)

Hi, Simon.  Look forward to reading your posts and replies.

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Gwendolyn on September 10, 2013, 05:33:48 pm
Hello!  :)

I became interested in buddhism during my undergrad about 5 years ago. I am now back in school for a masters in acupuncture and oriental medicine.  I have been in and out of meditation, finding that when I practice I am much more kind, nonjudgmental, grateful, and at peace.  However, I continuously struggle with genuine commitment to a daily meditation practice. Whether it is a monotonous steady routine lifestyle, or a hectic ungrounded spontaneous lifestyle, it is difficult for me to cultivate a balanced and mindful way of living for a long period of time.

A wise yogi once told me that it is important to find a community of like-minded people.  I am currently living in a small town, and after a year of searching for nearby buddhist or other spiritual communities, it is not convenient with my "student lifestyle"  to connect with places so far away.  So, I am here now to share and learn with others :namaste:
Namaste,
Gwen
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on September 10, 2013, 07:02:42 pm
Hello Gwen and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on September 10, 2013, 08:48:48 pm
Greetings, Gwen.  Most folks in USA are fond of cheering for The Underdog.  Here at FreeSangha many of us prefer to cheer for The Undergrad!    Here's looking forward to reading your posts and responses. 

 :namaste:  Namaste' back at you.

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Tom H on September 11, 2013, 08:07:40 am
Tom H from Florida, thanks for the welcome!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Quotidian on September 20, 2013, 09:40:40 pm
Hi all - new member here, male, from Sydney. I am also member at Dharmawheel (as 'jeeprs') and a philosophy forum. I have been practicing meditation for quite a while, actually all my married life, since the late 70's. I  have a post-graduate degree in Buddhist Studies which I did purely for interest, I don't have an academic career,  and also don't belong to a particular school but probably feel nearest to Zen although I also have a strong interest in Platonist philosophy too. Kind of a 'silk-road' approach, syncretic and eclectic. I enjoy debating and sharing ideas.
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Post by: Dharmakara on September 20, 2013, 09:52:02 pm
Hi Tom and Quotidian --- welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: namumahaparinirvanasvaha on September 21, 2013, 11:59:38 pm
Hi all - new member here, male, from Sydney. I am also member at Dharmawheel (as 'jeeprs') and a philosophy forum. I have been practicing meditation for quite a while, actually all my married life, since the late 70's. I  have a post-graduate degree in Buddhist Studies which I did purely for interest, I don't have an academic career,  and also don't belong to a particular school but probably feel nearest to Zen although I also have a strong interest in Platonist philosophy too. Kind of a 'silk-road' approach, syncretic and eclectic. I enjoy debating and sharing ideas.

What is up my brother?
Good to see you around...welcome to the family 
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Post by: Desert Seeker on October 20, 2013, 04:04:06 pm
Hello,

         I have been a Buddhist for a long time though still consider myself a beginner. Simply refer to myself as Desert Seeker b/c I reside in the Desert Southwest.
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Post by: Dharmakara on October 20, 2013, 04:31:37 pm
Hi Desert Seeker and welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: EvenThird on November 12, 2013, 07:28:50 am
Hi all,

I'm coming from NewBuddhist.com as I know a few members there are on this site as well.
I'm a photographer/retoucher and aspiring tattooer. I've been an actively practicing Buddhist for about 6 months. I grew up in NYC, and currently live in the People's Republic of China. I am dealing with mental and physical illness, and will be for most of my life. However, so far buddhist practice has helped me with that (and so much more).

Glad to be here. :namaste:
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on November 12, 2013, 07:54:55 am
Welcome EIII.  :hug: Look forward to reading your posts and replies.

_/\_Ron
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Post by: Dharmakara on November 12, 2013, 08:51:06 am
Hi EvenThird and welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: t on November 12, 2013, 09:37:08 am
欢迎! 欢迎! EvenThird  :cheesy:
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Post by: EvenThird on November 12, 2013, 10:58:01 pm
Thank you for your warmth <3
Title: Hello Everyone!
Post by: ashleymeisel on November 22, 2013, 02:37:56 pm
Hello everyone! My name is Ashley. I am 22 years old and live in Wisconsin. My boyfriend and I have just decided to explore buddhism and all it has in store for us. I was browsing around the internet for somewhere to have conversations with people that have some experience and like minds. We aren't really close to any sanghas and we were just really looking for some friends, so here I am! :) I had some preconceived ideas about buddhism from an extremely, poorly taught world religions class in college but have stumbled back to it unintentionally and, after tonsss of research, Chris (my boyfriend) and I decided to further pursue the teachings of Buddha and begin daily meditation. We have been reading/watching/listening to a teaching every night and then discussing it with each other. I can't wait to read through all of the wonderful conversations on here! :)
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on November 22, 2013, 02:53:29 pm
Hi, Ashley.  Welcome to FreeSangha.

Since you are just exploring I would suggest you do so in The Beginner Zone, where there any number of posts for those just entering Buddhist Studies.  I look forward to reading your posts and responses.  Please also review the Terms of Service, which guide us in the limits courtesies of our online interactions.

Be well!  And enjoy!  Let any of us mods or admins know if you need assistance finding anything or anyone who can help.

_/\_Ron
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Post by: ahrahe on November 24, 2013, 09:09:31 pm
hello, im newly registered here, I searched google for Buddhism chat, and found this link and figured id give it a try....

ive been into the teachings of the Buddha for many years now, particularly Theravada, I like to study the nikayas, abhidhamma, and pali, and since a couple of weeks before the rains this year, ive been meditating daily, so im a wicked noob when it comes to the actual practice  :smack:, but the theory I seem to have some understanding.
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Post by: Dharmakara on November 24, 2013, 09:22:05 pm
Hi Ahrahe and welcome to Free Sangha.

Unfortunately the chatroom doesn't see much traffic these days, but we do have a few members who prefer it over posting on the forum, so you might just want to log into the chatroom, sit there and see who pops in --- people here are pretty friendly, so it's certainly a good way to meet new friends.
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on November 24, 2013, 10:20:06 pm
Hello,  ahrahe.

Welcome.  Please explore the entire website to familiarize yourself as to what is here.   Since you are drawn to Theravadan practice, you may want to spend more time investigating that particular forum.  Let any of staff (Mods, Admin), or members know if we can be of assistance.

I look forward to reading your posts and replies.  :hug:

_/\_Ron
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Post by: zen_sufi on November 28, 2013, 11:41:47 am
Hello all,
I liked the teaching of Buddha from the childhood as it hits straight to mind and heart. Have been reading a stuff lately and would like to have clearer insight of the same. I am not a practicing Buddhist or follow any religion per se but like to gain understanding which acts as a milestone.

By joining the forum, I hope that interaction with fellow members will bring clearer picture.

Thanks,
zen_sufi

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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on November 28, 2013, 12:47:45 pm
Hello all,
I liked the teaching of Buddha from the childhood as it hits straight to mind and heart. Have been reading a stuff lately and would like to have clearer insight of the same. I am not a practicing Buddhist or follow any religion per se but like to gain understanding which acts as a milestone.

By joining the forum, I hope that interaction with fellow members will bring clearer picture.

Thanks,
zen_sufi

Welcome, Zen.  Look forward to reading your posts and responses.  Suggest you visit the Beginner's forums and do some reading.  Please let any of the moderators, admin or members know if we can be of assistance.

_/\_Ron
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Post by: DharmaNurse on November 30, 2013, 02:19:55 am
Tashi Delek (Be happiness) everyone. My name is Tenzin Jamyang. I am so happy to have stumbled into this forum. I live in Washington State. I consider myself a Mahayana Buddhist with attractions to much of the Tibetan tradition. I am working on goals of maintaining a consistent meditation practice. I am a member of the FPMT International, and study through their online education program. My wish is to establish a local Dharma Center that is open to all who seek liberation from their suffering and to establish a community that practices in a way that is reflective of American culture, and practices together using the English language, but remains true to the teachings of altruistic Buddhism encouraging the Bodhisattva ideal. I received my name from a Tibetan Buddhist monk recognized by H H the Dalai Lama as a reincarnate Lama. I have much to learn, but I already know my greatest happiness has ben from becoming a practicing Buddhist. I look forward to meeting many friends here and learning from everyone.  :r4wheel:
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Post by: Dharmakara on November 30, 2013, 04:35:55 am
Hi Tenzin Jamyang and welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on November 30, 2013, 08:59:37 am
Welcome, Tenzin Jamyang.

May your progress along your path be proportional to your efforts.

I look forward to reading you posts and responses.

_/\_Ron
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Post by: hanuman38 on December 01, 2013, 07:33:36 pm
Hello, folks.

I've been lurking for a couple of weeks; figured it's time to say Hi.

I'm in my early 40s, divorced, no kids... fairly good job... did some study of Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism in college, way back when.  I'm nominally both Catholic and Jewish, but never was very spiritual until recently.  I still have some lingering issues from my divorce, and have generally been a very angry guy for about the past two years.  In October I started going to an NKT center near my home (in Phoenix, AZ) -- I'm aware of the controversy, but everyone there has treated me extremely well and my practice so far has been very fruitful.

It's great that you have an NKT sub-forum here, as well as many other wonderful resources.  Thanks!
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on December 02, 2013, 04:12:19 am
Hi, Offline hanuman38.  Welcome to FreeSangha.  Thanks for sharing your past religious and marital experiences. Rarely does attachment raise its ugly head more than with regard to religious and marital crisis.   :wink1:

Look forward to reading your posts.
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Post by: NepalianBuddhist on December 04, 2013, 12:32:02 pm
Hello all Welcome to Freesangha Have a great & blissful day! ..
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on December 04, 2013, 01:12:10 pm
Thanks, Wesley.  Same to you with only one minor variation: 

Since, "A day is but a measure of time."  As we know, time is a difficult, if not an impossible thing to possess.  So, in reality, time is really not possible to "have" per se', as in the kind, axiomatic farewell " Have a good day."  The best we can ever really do is to experience time, but only if we truly are paying attention to what is going on.

So, in reply to your kindly wish, I say:  "Experience a day, and enjoy it by being truly mindful of how wonderful the experience can be only if we pay attention to as many details as possible, and give everything we've got towards developing a wonderful attitude towards all experiences.  For that's all we are ever going to get during the time we have available to us.  And then we die!   :wink1:

_/\_Ron :hug:
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Post by: Ralph on December 30, 2013, 08:36:22 am
Hello everyone,

I was first introduced to Buddhist philosophy 20 odd years ago via my martial arts practice. I never really took it on board. In 2011 my wife passed away and a period of loneliness began then in May 2012 someone gave me a copy of The Little Book of Wisdom - Dalai Lama. My library has since become extensive an intellectually I have become familiar with the message. However I am becoming increasingly aware the this understanding is quite perfunctory and I now need the Sangha to assist my progress.

Namaste _/!\_ Ralph
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Post by: Dharmakara on December 30, 2013, 11:29:16 am
Hi Ralph and welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: Dazzlaar on January 02, 2014, 08:01:16 pm
Hi, I am very new to this so I'm sorry if this comes out all muddled. My name is Darren. I have been suffering for some time with low self esteem and depression but it is now manifesting into anger problems. I am seeking medical advice on this and have my first appointment tomorrow. But I want to make some changes in my life, how I see my life, how I live my life ect. In everyone's opinion could I find some usefulness or can Buddhist teachings help me? I'm desperate for change and will be eternally grateful of any replies.

Many thanks
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Post by: hanuman38 on January 02, 2014, 09:11:35 pm
Hi, I am very new to this so I'm sorry if this comes out all muddled. My name is Darren. I have been suffering for some time with low self esteem and depression but it is now manifesting into anger problems. I am seeking medical advice on this and have my first appointment tomorrow. But I want to make some changes in my life, how I see my life, how I live my life ect. In everyone's opinion could I find some usefulness or can Buddhist teachings help me? I'm desperate for change and will be eternally grateful of any replies.

Many thanks

Howdy, Darren.  I've personally had great success with meditation as an aid for anger and depression, and Buddhism does offer some great perspectives on how to be happy regardless of what's going on in your external environment.  But everyone is different, and meditation alone is not a substitute for professional psychiatric treatment or counseling.  So... Can Buddhism help?  Short answer: yes, definitely.  But it might be most useful in combination with other solutions.  Only you and your doctor (if you choose to consult one) can tell for sure.

Also... welcome!  (I'm fairly new here too).
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Post by: Dazzlaar on January 03, 2014, 09:21:37 am
Hi hanuman, firstly thank you for your reply. I have consulted a therapist today and have an appointment to visit my DR on Tuesday to be given some anti depressants and some sleeping aids. I'm planning on exploring Buddhism some more as I'm not expecting to be given a direct answer to my problems but like the sound of seeing it from a different perspective. I have been recommended the "little book of Buddhism" by dalai lama so I'm off to purchase that tomorrow.

Again many thanks for your kind reply

Darren
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Post by: hanuman38 on January 03, 2014, 05:06:03 pm
Hi hanuman, firstly thank you for your reply. I have consulted a therapist today and have an appointment to visit my DR on Tuesday to be given some anti depressants and some sleeping aids. I'm planning on exploring Buddhism some more as I'm not expecting to be given a direct answer to my problems but like the sound of seeing it from a different perspective. I have been recommended the "little book of Buddhism" by dalai lama so I'm off to purchase that tomorrow.

Again many thanks for your kind reply

Darren


Excellent.  If you like HHDL's books, I have this one and have found it to be very well written:

http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Anger-Patience-Buddhist-Perspective/dp/1559390735 (http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Anger-Patience-Buddhist-Perspective/dp/1559390735)

(Sorry; I guess I'm projecting a bit.  You didn't mention anger, but for me it goes hand in hand with depression.  Either way, it's a good book.)

Also, now that I am thinking about it, a few months back when I was working through some depression I found this article helpful as well:  http://viewonbuddhism.org/depression.html (http://viewonbuddhism.org/depression.html).
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Post by: Dazzlaar on January 04, 2014, 02:43:28 pm
Hi hanuman

Outstanding link to the depression section. Another great addition to my bookmarks. Thank you also for the book recommendation. Anger is certainly an issue for me at this present moment. It's almost cost me my partner. So I will be looking into that for certain. I do hope I connect with this because I'm finding what I've read thus far highly interesting and I have seen so much of myself, and my mistakes, in a very short space of time.

When we forget the real reason we are living for,
the worldliness of life becomes like quicksand that sucks you into a spiritual vacuum.
When that happens, we live less and less; we merely stay alive.
Shian

This is a perfect description of how I've been, not living but existing...time to change

Kindest regards

Darren
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Post by: lobsang~gazom on January 16, 2014, 07:13:10 pm
Hi all, My names Donna my dharma name given to me when I took refuge is lobsang gazom hence my username. I live in Belfast, I'm a mixed media artist and photographer and live with my partner and our two rescue dogs. I am a buddhist that follows the tibetan gelug tradition, but I was influenced by zen at an early stage of my dharma journey so I am still interested in that side especially koans and zen poetry. I am currently doing a online university course called the buddhist thought too which I'm loving. I would describe myself as abit of a geek lol, I love films and I probably watch too many, I love comic~books and independent video games and reading ALOT of books. I also play the guitar and am covered in strange geeky tattoos I designed lol. anyways HI! & look forward to getting to know you all. xx :spiderman:
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Post by: likeacloud on February 02, 2014, 02:23:56 pm
Press start here, which one?


   I don't fancy introductions, but feel compelled to so. I stumbled upon Buddhist perspectives during my current journey with depression and reading "self help" books. Most "self help" books like the laws of attraction and others, always felt rather manipulative in nature to me. Like my lot in life should be to get this or get that. It rang like "spiritual materialism." I stumbled upon, "The Places that Scare You" by Pema Chodron, and it felt like the most honest thing I have read. Of course as with any book, at the end , what now? I've read other books as well but now I want to put it all to practice. Since there seems to be so many ways too practice (zen, Tibetan, Theravada,etc), I'm left sitting here scratching my head. Not to mention Buddhism isn't easily touched in my town. 

  I guess starting anywhere is the way to go? ???
   
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Post by: Dharmakara on February 02, 2014, 02:29:55 pm
Hi likeacloud and welcome to Free Sangha.

As for where to start... it might be good to select the tradition which resonates best with you at this time.
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Post by: Marcus Epicurus on February 03, 2014, 03:43:14 pm
Hello likeacloud,

Welcome to the forum.

My suggestion would be to read the book "What The Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula

I think it is a good introduction. It is the first book I read. ( if that helps)

Do a google search and you will find a copy for free download if you dont want to buy the book.

Hope this helps...welcome again to the forum
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Post by: imtherealready on February 18, 2014, 01:23:55 am
Hello there,
My name is Fabian.

Love generated from this reply is purely from our collective consciousness, please share.

A couple of months ago I underwent a life altering experience, I walked in a park. That was the physical aspect. The mind, blossomed. In a sense, that little voice of love & compassion took over. The interesting part is that I sort of planned it. Phase 1 of 2 complete.
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Post by: little grashopper on February 18, 2014, 01:45:12 am
Good morning everyone

I was a member of the forum a long time ago, but I have become very slack in visiting and learning from my friends here.

I will make a point to spend more time here, and hope to learn from all of you.

I live in South Africa, and currently work in Lesotho on a long-term assignment. I am a member of a Karma Kagyu group from Johannesburg, and was fortunate enough to take refuge with Lama Yeshe.
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Post by: ShanJieshi on February 18, 2014, 08:49:13 am
hi! saludos from Argentina, just across the ocean.
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Post by: meez on February 18, 2014, 10:37:03 am
Welcome!
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Post by: Ron-the-Elder on February 18, 2014, 02:41:13 pm
Greetings to all those newly arrived.  I look forward to reading your posts and responses.

Ron  _/\_
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Post by: Burnibus on March 12, 2014, 03:28:42 am
Ey Up im Burn from Lancashire.

If been lurking for a while and benefiting from the huge resource of wisdom here, so wanted to get involved fully.

I hope to get to know many of you better and to learn.

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Post by: Dharmakara on March 12, 2014, 05:43:59 am
Hi Burnibus and welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: verber001 on March 12, 2014, 07:19:09 pm
Hello all....John from the States....CA specifically.  Total newbie to all these.  I'm in the suck up as much information as I can phase.  Although I have no idea what the difference is between whatever version of Buddhism is; Zen, Tibetian....etc.  Just learning...just tired of suffering, being selfish, and destructive.  Want to spend whatever time I have left in this life....doing what I can to ease suffering within myself and others.   That's it.
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Post by: Serdan on March 16, 2014, 12:36:58 am
Hello all, I'm Daniel. I have never been part of a forum and I've never had a community to discuss Buddhism with, so this is very interesting. I'm not sure if I would call myself a Buddhist, but my thoughts are heavily influenced by Buddhist teachings. I'm really excited that I found this forum and I look forward to being exposed to new ideas and teachings.
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Post by: Dharmakara on March 16, 2014, 10:18:47 am
Hi John and Daniel... welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: dasiymae on March 17, 2014, 02:33:30 pm
Hi! I am Daisy.  I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan in the US.  I have been practicing Buddhism for several years now and as you can imagine, there are not a lot of Buddhist up here.  I am looking for a place to have meaningful conversations that will help enlighten us all.  And just for some simple talk among friends.   
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Post by: Dharmakara on March 17, 2014, 03:08:50 pm
Hi Daisy and welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: Monkey Mind on March 17, 2014, 04:09:53 pm
Hi Daisy. I have family near Traverse City.

If you have to travel 2-3 hours to find a group, even if you visit only once a year, it is worth it for some people. I was shocked to learn there was a temple in Lansing, MI.

Looks like there are Buddhist groups in urban and rural spots around Michigan:
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/province.php?province_id=43 (http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/province.php?province_id=43)

And I've met some nuns who have a place in your northern neighbor:
http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/province.php?province_id=18 (http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/province.php?province_id=18)
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Post by: insightinside on March 27, 2014, 05:42:22 pm
Hi all,
I've just joined from Sydney. Looking to reconnect with my Buddhist upbringing mainly Theravada but interested in all paths.
Looking forward to reading some insightful discussions !


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Post by: Dharmakara on March 27, 2014, 06:16:36 pm
Hi Insightinside and welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: GoWithTheFlow on March 28, 2014, 01:50:11 pm
Welcome to FreeSangha from the UK...
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Post by: Mark on April 05, 2014, 07:01:19 am
Hi Everyone, just joined, love the site - some very useful content on here.
I am a New Kadampa practitioner living in the UK.
I recently created a set of tools to help people make wise life choices inspired by Buddhist (and other) teachings. They are free at www.thelifeeditor.com (http://www.thelifeeditor.com) 
Looking forward to sharing with the Sangha!
Mark
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Post by: hanuman38 on April 05, 2014, 10:26:35 am
Hi Everyone, just joined, love the site - some very useful content on here.
I am a New Kadampa practitioner living in the UK.
I recently created a set of tools to help people make wise life choices inspired by Buddhist (and other) teachings. They are free at [url=http://www.thelifeeditor.com]www.thelifeeditor.com[/url] ([url]http://www.thelifeeditor.com[/url]) 
Looking forward to sharing with the Sangha!
Mark


Welcome from a New Kadampa practitioner in the U.S., and thanks for the info.  Be well!
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Post by: DharmaNurse on April 06, 2014, 01:03:34 am
Hi friends. My name is Tenzin Jamyang and I have been a practicing Buddhist in the Mahayana tradition for 2 years. I spent several years before that curious about the teachings and was helped by some of Buddhism as a philosophy of life, but I wasn't really embracing all of Buddhism just yet. Of coarse I got a lot more benefit once I started studying with the FPMT and following real direction from qualified teachers online. Unfortunately the only access to a in person teacher has been a Reincarnate Lama from the Tibetan tradition who now only visits a couple times a year and travels the world teaching as well as overseeing the foundation he started based in Phoenix Arizona the rest of the time. He was kind enough to give me Refuge Vows and my Buddhist name, but he is busy and has not replied to my emails asking for personal guidance. I really would value having a teacher to commit to, but I don't see how it will be possible without moving far away which isn't practical for me.

I have an attraction to much of the Vajrayana tradition but would not call myself a practitioner of that school as I differ in that I feel practicing Buddhism should not come with an expectation of accepting a foreign culture and having to speak a foreign language as a requirement. For me cognitively comprehending all practices, mantras, and meditations is essential to progressing on the path. I don't believe any language hold mystical power more than others. So lately I've been exploring other meditation techniques from other traditions such as Vipassana, and Zen, but also seeing if I can create a practice that is like Tibetan Buddhism but doing it entirely translated to English, and using images that are also "translated" in a way that is faithful to the message of the image, but not off putting to the western mind. I'm referring to it as Americana Buddhism and I am planning to open a dharma center where everyone is welcomed as they are, and where we can learn from each other.

I really have come to respect Venerable Pema Chodron as a teacher. I'm using her English version of the Lam Rim and following other teachings she has available on CD.

Personally I am a Registered Nurse working with severely permanently disabled children and adults in their homes. I'm also an artist and hope to become an author on spiritual subjects. I'm in as same gender marriage, but am celibate partly by my own choice. My husband is Muslim, which is real interesting when it comes down to very different views on nonviolence.

My favorite teachers are Thich Nhat Hanh who first opened my eyes to the Buddha. I am forever grateful. I also love H H Dalai Lama who never fails to motivate, inspire, and open my mind to countless realizations. My goal is to found the Americana Buddhism Buddhist Assembly (ABBA) and dharma center for the benefit of all Sentient beings, especially those in my own area and culture. But first, I got a whole lot to learn and attain to be capable of such a far reaching endeavor, but I got Buddha Nature to make it all very possible.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk

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Post by: Dharmakara on April 06, 2014, 03:09:59 am
Hi Tenzin Jamyang --- although we've already interacted through replies on the forum, please forgive me if I previously failed to welcome you to the forum.

By the way, please feel free to PM me with some of your ideas or thoughts in regard to the ABBA concept --- you're certainly not alone when it comes to envisioning such things, myself included, not to mention the potential benefit from interaction, networking and connecting with others, ect.
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Post by: doubledragon on April 20, 2014, 12:43:26 pm
Hello, everyone!!
I am doubledragon and live in Switzerland. I am a Buddhist and have joined the site in order to learn more about Buddhism and hopefully find a friendly place where to exchange ideas and opinions.
Though I have mainly moved in Tibetan Buddhism circles, I like all schools and adhere mainly to the basic teachings of the Buddha.
Metta to all of you! :buddha:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on April 20, 2014, 02:26:22 pm
Hi, doubledragon.  Welcome to FreeSangha.  Look forward to reading your posts and responses.

_/\_Ron
Title: Greetings
Post by: Madelyn on April 24, 2014, 12:15:16 am

I am quite new to the teachings. I've come to Buddhism through a rather strange path. Earlier in life I was subjected to violence, unlawful imprisonment and other crimes. After escaping this situation in early adulthood. I spent some time in hospital were psychologists taught me meditation and mindfulness. I then started martial arts for self defence, in the hope of avoiding any recurrence of previous events. I was exposed to little bits of Buddhism through osmosis, and it seems very sensible. I've been researching the teachings and I'm interested to learn more.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on April 24, 2014, 01:42:13 am
Hi Madelyn and welcome to Free Sangha.

I'm sorry to hear about what you've had to go through. Hopefully you've worked your way far enough through the healing process, where you begin understand that you're no longer a "victim" of it, but actually a "survivor" --- the difference between the two is like night and day.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Madelyn on April 24, 2014, 02:57:01 am
Very much so! I know victims, they manufacture reasons for unhappiness, they are capable of being victims of weather, their parents, their schools, late public transport, their bosses, etc, all at the same time. I can't be like that, it's to much work!


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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on April 24, 2014, 03:03:20 am
It's good to hear that  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Zephyr on May 03, 2014, 09:13:00 pm
Hey. I'm Zephyr (real name is Emmelia, pronounced as Amelia). I'm new to free sangha and have returned to Buddhism; I'm also learning about Taoism. I really like both paths since I can so easily integrate them into my life through the way I act in the day to day. I also love yoga and meditation. At the moment I don't have many books on Buddhism, but I've been reading some books by the Dalai Lama that I checked out from the library. I've also wanted to learn more about Zen Buddhism.

I work in a library (though I'm not a librarian...yet), and I have a delightful little chihuahua named Peanut. She's my best friend--I'll probably wind up being the crazy chihuahua lady as opposed to the crazy cat lady lol. I live in the USA and I love to read and write.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on May 03, 2014, 10:00:55 pm
Hi Emmelia and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: StacheHeart on May 03, 2014, 11:05:44 pm
Hello, my friends. My name is Felix and I go by StacheHeart as a religious name/Minecraft username, since I've had a mustache for so long that it became a big part of my identity and it has a nice ring to it for a dumb internet name.

I've identified as a Buddhist for about a year now. I read a lot of discourse but ultimately find the most truth in the simpler stuff, especially the Dhammapada. I am a writer, trying to get into grad school, and working on a project called Mustached Buddhism where I try to convey Buddhist lessons by relating them to mustaches. I'm also working on various science fiction and fantasy books because I am a relentless dork.

I've neglected the community aspect of Buddhism and that's crucial. I came here for like-minded people to discuss things with, philosophical or otherwise, and just make friends and feel like part of a community. This forum seems very welcoming and I could feel the metta radiating from my monitor. Thanks for having me!

Also I'm 25, I'm not sure why it says I'm 44. I'm using Tapatalk for the first time so I don't know how to change that yet. I'll figure it out eventually!

Edit: Got it
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on May 03, 2014, 11:51:43 pm
Hi Felix and welcome to Free Sangha.

Out of curiousity, is your project related to the Tom Selleck School of Buddhism and the doctrine of non-mustache? LOL

(http://ih2.redbubble.net/image.12216966.8262/sticker,375x360.png)

Image Source -- http://www.redbubble.com/explore/mustache+drawing?page=1 (http://www.redbubble.com/explore/mustache+drawing?page=1)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: gottsi on May 04, 2014, 12:51:21 pm
Hi all my name is David. I have been interested in Buddhism for some years but I find family commitments have held me back from walking the path in a more serious manner.
So I have decided to take a tentative step on the path and see where it leads me. I have a strange fascination with all things eastern and fully believe that it is from a previous incarnation as the Dhamma doesn't feel alien to me, intact it made sense as soon as I discovered it.
I'm looming forward to progressing and making by next rebirth one of wisdom and Dhamma.

 :buddha:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: arka on May 24, 2014, 03:53:47 am
Hi all, i got into Buddhism armed with Kaluphana's Buddhist psychology and off a reading arc that included poet will alexander's works. Didn't know what i was getting into and once i got going it was a new path to thinking. An aside to the dasein and the lifeworld and the phenomenology of the body i was into till then. It was like a cleaving together of those reading experiences with something fundamentally clearer.  Depending on contact between visual object and eye consciousness etc. –the hard-hitting arguments these guys were at. Whether it was a Vasubandhu or a Nagarjuna or a Ratnakirti, the arguments about subjectivity (or the lack of it), time, phenomena and consciousness across schools and sects were humbling in their variety and clear-sighted in the analysis they offered.  Once I read them and came back to Husserl and Merleau-ponty, Kant and Hume (my thinkers again. There is no east west divide in the subaltern.)  they seemed simpler, more approachable, richer, not trussed up in unassailable Categories.

What it talks to me about is experience. So there is no pressure to serve as a conduit, a staggered line of bees, a Sufi whirl of speech acts mouthing a harem of lost and found and lightning. There is no pressure at all.   

i look forward to gaining perspective and inspiration from the discussions and  links on this site. Thank you.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: frandh on May 27, 2014, 01:54:36 am
Hi, I am very interested in following the middle way. I have not had much exposure to buddhist communty as I live in a small sea side community. I am strongly humanistic and have done ALOT of reading about the Dhamma. I would like to connect with other's :grouphug: of a similar mindset and explore buddhism more as a daily practice and not just a philosophy I dip into. :om:

I am studying Social Work as a 2nd career (later in life) and want to bring more awareness and mindfulness to my future work/life.

namaste,
fran
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: north woods contemplative on June 07, 2014, 03:24:14 pm
Hi all. I have been practicing meditation for some years after a college professor first invited me to onto the path. I seem to be drawn most to the Tibetan lineages and have a special affinity to the Crazy Wisdom approach. I specifically identify with some of the bad-boy figures of the Kagyu lineage as I have played out this archetype for a long time in my young life.

Now I work with the elderly, immerse in the beautiful and inspiring phenomena of the outdoors on my feet and in a kayak, and write. I am considering graduate programs in contemplative arts or Buddhist studies. Looking forward to companionship and advice on the path.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Tamas on June 08, 2014, 09:47:10 am
Hi all, i am getting closer to the Buddhism and i am very happy about it :) I am interested in everything what serves my development and looking forward to get useful conversations. I have got many questions and I believe I have answers also.
Best wishes to all of you!
Tamas
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: JoshuaW on June 10, 2014, 08:40:52 am
Warmest greetings!

My name is Josh Williams and i have come to be here in search of a more meaningful experience in life. I spent several years in the military which lead me to search for the good that so many used as a justification for so much evil. Searching brought me to knowledge of a few different religions, at a relatively low depth. I am quite informed with christianity but still did not find a home there. Just absorbing wisdom and knowledge and possibly making a few friends.


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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: henrique.capeleiro.maia on June 19, 2014, 07:05:13 pm
Greetings to all on this forum.

My name is Henrique and I have trying go make sense of Buddhism since 1995.

I started my Buddist path at NKT (New Kadampa Tradition), which I attended for several years. I have had some positive experiences, but also some unpleasant ones. Whatever have happened, I cannot blame anyone else besides myself. So after several years of practice, I took a leave from the path – I had more questions than answers.

Now, after some life changing experiences, the pieces seem to fit better in place. I am trying to find the right path, the right teacher, the right practice. This is what brought me here.

Thank you all.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on June 19, 2014, 07:28:04 pm
Hi Henrique and welcome to Free Sangha.

Finding the right path, right teacher, and right practice is very important... as you said, the pieces seem to fit better after some life changing experiences, so there's also something that can be said about the right time as well.

Again, welcome.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: henrique.capeleiro.maia on June 20, 2014, 10:27:40 pm
Hi Darmakara,

First of all, thank you very much for your very kind reply.

You are absolutely right: time is of the essence. That is the law of karma. I am very aware that I am to be accountable for all my choices and experiences. So why do I think it is the right time if it's a bit out of my hands?

Well, because I know I am bound to die. I know my time is coming. My body cannot bend anymore to my vanities of youth. I know I have only the tiniest bit of time in this temporary allotment of mine. I do want to take advantage of this one chance.

The world is pain. I am very much much being crushed under the load of my own weight. To understand the empty nature of this cell[f] will definitely free me. But for that I will need to follow the right path.

Thus I know I need guidance.

Humbly as I can I ask if there's a better place to post this question. Do you have any recommendation?

Thank you very kindly (I am truly grateful for your generosity),
Henrique.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on June 20, 2014, 10:55:33 pm
Hi Henrique.

You might want to post your question in "Experiences of everyday life" in the Lifestyle/Village section of the forum:

http://www.freesangha.com/forums/help-required/ (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/help-required/)

If it's something personal and you're uncomfortable, please feel free to contact me directly.

Metta.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kartari on June 27, 2014, 08:26:23 am
Hello all,

I've been interested in and deeply moved by Buddhist teachings from various teachers and schools for many years. While I've never formally taken refuge, I have always found that I resonate with much of both Theravada and Mahayana schools at heart. It's all simply natural to how my mind operates (unlike the religion of my upbringing, lol). In the past few years, I decided to return to college in order to study the history, practices, and philosophy of Buddhism, perhaps become a professor afterwards.

I have enjoyed reading posts here for a while now, particularly those of Bhikku Samahita in the Theravada forum. I thought I'd finally join and say hi. Oh and btw, fear not - I am not enlightened and I know it. ;)

Peace.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on June 27, 2014, 12:29:57 pm
Hi Kartari and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: riecherd on June 28, 2014, 09:52:44 pm
Hello, everyone! All of you can call me by my username, Riecherd, and I am 17 years old and from the United States. To give a brief little synopsis of just who I am and was, I will start by saying I am very new to Buddhism. I have studied it before, but to be quite honest, when I was in my agnostic/atheistic mindset, I was doubtful as always; however, I think I have finally come to the point where I am curious about completely becoming Buddhist. Now, I am afraid that even though I have done some studying and practicing of my own, I am not fully well acquainted with all of the intricacies of Buddhism. I have always had an open mind to academically understanding several concepts, from philosophy to science to politics, and now I think I am spiritually open. So, I am looking forward to learning from experienced practitioners of Buddhism and making friends!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on June 28, 2014, 10:03:15 pm
Hi Riecherd and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: LotusFlower2014 on July 06, 2014, 07:40:49 am
 Dear Free Sangha members,

Hello to you all! I am very pleased to have finally found an online sangha that I can communicate with to 'walk the Buddhist path' with.

I am new to Buddhism and have many questions I hope you can advise and support me through, just as I hope I can be there to share this wonderful spiritual journey with.

With metta

LotusFlower2014
 :buddha2:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on July 06, 2014, 07:44:04 am
Hi Lotus Flower and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Clarkey on July 09, 2014, 12:43:25 pm
Hi,

Adam, 34, from Northern Ireland. I practice Zen Buddhism and wanted to find a resource that allows me to discuss aspects of practice and theory with likeminded people. I have been practicing for about 6 months but have had a longstanding interest in Buddhism. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Cheers
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on July 09, 2014, 01:37:43 pm
Welcome, Clarkey.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Brini on July 14, 2014, 07:44:22 pm
Hi All, my name is Brini...this is the first time I'm joining a group on the Net..so Im a novice here! I'm here to learn about Buddhism from all you lovely people who have so much to share...:)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on July 14, 2014, 07:56:30 pm
Hi Brini and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: bacchist on July 14, 2014, 08:40:22 pm
Hi. I am Marshall. I have had a passing interest in Buddhism and meditation for many years. I am trying to start and maintain regular practice. I would like to bring my actions in alignment with my true values and priorities, without sacrificing significant freedom. I am hoping meditation will help me develop the focus necessary.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on July 15, 2014, 12:28:05 pm
Welcome, folks.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: sterling1489 on July 15, 2014, 06:12:46 pm
Hello all, My name is Sterling.  I am new to this forum as well as to Buddhism.  I have studied very little, but am going to be continuing my studies and am here for guidance, fellowship, and conversation.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: uruk_awrys on July 17, 2014, 06:16:02 pm
Greetings All

My name is Kendall, I live in the USA.  I have studied Buddhism for many years but only took refuge in 2013, so consider me a new comer.  I am interested in all subjects and all traditions, but I have a sangha (Tibetan) that I visit some what regularly.

I look forward to learning and growing in the practice.

Take care.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on July 18, 2014, 01:37:15 pm
Hi Kendall and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: maryamshah1 on July 23, 2014, 09:58:43 pm
Now it’s the best timing to make a few plans for the future and it is the moment to be happy. I have learn this submit and if I could I want to suggest you some fascinating things or tips.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wisewhiteowl on August 07, 2014, 01:19:54 am
Hello. My name is Jon. Not only am I new to the forum, but I am also new to Buddhism. According to the triple jewel, we require a teacher or spiritual companion. Since I'm the only buddhist I know, i figured what better way to achieve this than taking my journey online! I was never one for religion, but when I learned that Buddhism is more of a philosophy i jumped at the chance to better myself. I am a new husband and father so getting rid of the darkness I held into for so long was an absolute must. I live in a small town outside of Pittsburgh PA. A quick sort behind my username: I had put in my two weeks notice at my last job and this Native American woman whom I adored gave me a plastic toad to remember her by and explained it was her totem. Intrigued, I asked her what mine was. She told me to give her the weekend to think about it. When we returned she said "you are wise beyond your years. For that, you are the owl."
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: 7th_Samurai on August 07, 2014, 05:36:07 pm
Welcome to Free Sangha Wisewhiteowl.

Did you know that owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees?  Always helps to see where you have been as you move forward in your journey.    :fu:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Virginia_Watson on August 22, 2014, 01:50:06 am
Hi
My name is Virginia and I live in Los Angeles, California, USA.  I have been reading Buddhism for years and meditating sporadically also for years.  Never part of a Sangha, so I look forward to finding refuge here.  Also I am not sectarian.
I am a senior citizen.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on August 22, 2014, 03:47:44 pm
Hi Virginia and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: 7th_Samurai on August 24, 2014, 07:51:28 am
Hi Virginia.

Great to have you with us.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ThePathWalker on August 31, 2014, 12:14:23 pm
NAMASTE  :pray: and hello from Rogersville, TN.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: BECCA7890 on September 03, 2014, 03:41:08 pm
HI I AM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO INTERVIEW FOR A PROJECT THAT IS A BUDDIST
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Vee Dyer on September 05, 2014, 12:20:36 pm

 :lmfao: :jinsyx: :jinsyx: Hello,

 I haven't joined anything like this before but have been practicing Buddhism (as best I know how) alone.  I work alone, live alone and I appear to be losing all my friends.  Part of me believes this is meant to be happening and another feels hurt.  I think my karma is nudging me to get out there and make some new and wonderful, like minded people.  I'll leave it there and see if it okay to put stuff like this.

Best regards, Vee
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: kao1306 on September 13, 2014, 07:09:24 pm
Hi..I'm kao1306, and come from Taiwan. If you want to know me further, please feel free to visit my personal website: http://2betty101kao.blogspot.tw/ (http://2betty101kao.blogspot.tw/)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on September 13, 2014, 07:32:38 pm
Hi kao1306 and welcome to Free Sangha.

Also, just a quick note that your post in regard to Hsin-hsin Ming has been moved to the Zen/Ch'an section of the forum and can be found here:

http://www.freesangha.com/forums/zen/commentary-on-hsin-hsin-ming-(-)/ (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/zen/commentary-on-hsin-hsin-ming-(-)/)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: spjohnson on September 16, 2014, 06:09:23 pm
Hi.  My name is Sue.  I live in the California Bay Area and train with the local Order of Buddhist Contemplatives zendo (Soto Zen).  Although I was interested in comparative religion and New Age spirituality in college, I never practiced meditation until later in life when it was a required part of my aikido training.  I also struggled with depression and much of the decision to start training in Zen had to do with that.  Luckily by that time I lived in a place crawling with Buddhist teachers, so it wasn't hard to find a zendo.

The reason I'm here is because I'm very interested in hearing people talk about their path to Buddhism, especially people from non-Buddhist cultures.  A lot of my friends are from Asian and/or Buddhist cultures, and they look at me being white and they're like, "How does a white person end up a Buddhist?"  From my perspective, I'm like, "Why are Western Buddhists mostly white and middle class?"  (I was trained as a sociologist.)  But also any story of the journey to taking refuge is a complex and deeply personal one and I usually learn and benefit from hearing other people talk about their route down the path.

http://www.freesangha.com/forums/Smileys/default/buddha2.gif (http://www.freesangha.com/forums/Smileys/default/buddha2.gif)

(I don't know if I put the gif in right, but this Buddha looks like it could double as a Phillips head screwdriver.  Skillful means!)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on September 17, 2014, 05:38:18 am
Hi Sue and welcome to Free Sangha.

As for your questions, the following was written by Barbara O'Brien several years ago:

Quote
Is Western Buddhism Shallow?
[url]http://buddhism.about.com/b/2009/10/15/is-western-buddhism-shallow.htm[/url]


I have to admit this is funny, if painful. Christian Lander writes about Stuff White People Like ([url]http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2009/oct/15/white-stuff-book-extracts[/url]), and in his new book he writes that among the things White People like are religions their parents don't belong to, or "any religion that doesn't involve Jesus." Lander mentions Buddhism as a popular choice.

For the most part, white people prefer religions that produce artefacts and furniture that fit into their home or wardrobe. They are also particularly drawn to religions that do not require a lot of commitment or donations.

When a white person tells you "I'm a Buddhist/Hindu/Kabbalahist", the best thing to do is ask how they arrived at their religious decision. The story will likely involve a trip to Thailand or a college class on religion.

While Lander's description of western Buddhists is exaggerated, I think it reflects how most westerners view western Buddhists.

I spend considerable time checking out Buddhist web forums and websites, and there is a lot of superficiality. Sincere and dedicated practice abounds in the West also, but I don't think this is visible to the casual observer.

I'm not sure what's to be done about this, but there it is.



Needless to say, I've never ran across someone who has claimed any of the above for the reason that they became a Buddhist, not yet anyway, but there's certainly more than a few people who originally became interested in Buddhism because they perceived it to be the trendy or popular thing to do, especially among the new age movement. Although there's a degree of truth when it comes to the notion of "any religion that doesn't involve Jesus," it would have less to do with the man himself and much more to do with the institution that claims him as its founder, where the same thing can be said of institutionalized Buddhism or any other organized religion for that matter.

For example, I first became interested in Buddhism as a teenager, even though I was raised within a strict Anglican household where it was assumed (or planned?) that I would eventually enter one of their seminaries seminary --- strangely enough, my decision had nothing to do with the typical years of teenage rebellion, but a well established orientation and disposition that would be best described as "second nature" when it came to embracing the Buddha-dharma, something that my family would eventually come to understand and respect.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: HighlanderGe on September 20, 2014, 03:33:03 am
Hello everybody :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: soaringspirit on September 23, 2014, 03:00:37 pm
hi! im excited to meet you all! Im Tiffany,from New York, interested in learning vipassana and just meditation in general.if you have any good tips for meditation,inboxx me!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dmac1725 on September 25, 2014, 08:19:42 am
Good afternoon all from sunny Devon, England..... (he says looking at grey skies).  Looking forward to making some new friends and learning / sharing.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on September 25, 2014, 10:58:07 am
Hi dmac1725 and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Peace
Post by: KarenDH on September 25, 2014, 12:26:20 pm
Peace and Love to all. I am often too busy to meet others to share with at my local sangha and when I visit, it is not often enough. I hope to have a more active connection with people. here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wyatt on October 03, 2014, 07:06:45 pm
My name is Wyatt Shipley and I have spent over 20-years in Thailand. I had to leave the country after the May 22 coup started cancelling visa's. I have been a Buddhist for 18-years -- practicing in Thailand from Bangkok to the Northeast outside of Trakan Phut Pon.
Theravada is the type of teaching and practice I am familiar with. I meditated often in Thailand, but I am still trying to get my feet on the ground here in Southern California. Kinda like an alternate reality.

Best of everything to all -- Wyatt
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on October 04, 2014, 05:41:11 am
Hi Wyatt and welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: cprice408 on October 04, 2014, 05:37:57 pm
Hi all,  my name is Carley.  I'm just starting out with buddhism. I was just looking for an online sangha because there are no sanghas or centers out where I live. I'm hoping to learn a lot and contribute whenever I can.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharma Friend on October 10, 2014, 07:40:08 am
Hi everyone,
I'm experienced in dharma but not experienced with online forums  :D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Koti on October 12, 2014, 05:55:14 pm
Hello fellow dharma followers. A seeker reporting in.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: chiara on October 20, 2014, 07:42:04 am
Hi everybody!
I'm an Italian journalist living in Berlin, working on a documentary film project with director Fabio Dondero dedicated to Kwan Um School of Zen and Zen Master Wu Bong. I'm going to post more about it!
Glad to be joining you,
Chiara
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on October 20, 2014, 08:10:49 pm
Hi Chiara and welcome to Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Hao on October 23, 2014, 09:21:23 am
Hello everyone,
I call myself Hao. I'm happy to find such a big online community here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Stig1966 on October 23, 2014, 10:50:35 am
Hi, I'm interested in becoming a Buddhist but I'm completely new to it all! Is there anyone able to talk through some of it and answer some questions?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: James on November 12, 2014, 12:09:58 pm
Hi all! I'm James. And I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I draw inspiration from numerous buddhist teachers, including and especially Will Johnson ( http://www.embodiment.net/ (http://www.embodiment.net/) ),
Tara Brach ( http://tarabrach.com (http://tarabrach.com) ) and Pema Chodron ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pema_Ch%C3%B6dr%C3%B6n (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pema_Ch%C3%B6dr%C3%B6n) ), but the whole list is very long!

Lately, I'm pretty devoted to the methods of practice advocated by Will Johnson. In fact, I like his approach so much that I invited him to Santa Fe for a weekend retreat, which I offered to organize for him and us. He agreed. And now the organization I'm with is collaborating with Mr. Johnson to organize this weekend retreat. It will be held in Santa Fe in May of next year (2015).  If you're going to be in Santa Fe and would like to participate, see: http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/events/212276932/ (http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/events/212276932/)

This weekend retreat has no fee requirement. It's free. Donations (dana) supports all aspects of this retreat.

We (MOSI) have also organized a new Will Johnson Study & Practice Group.:

http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/events/218617908/ (http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/events/218617908/)

Will Johnson's approach to meditation is very body-oriented and grounded in his study of somatics.  I highly recommend him for insight concerning embodiment, breath and posture in meditation practice.
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Post by: Dharmakara on November 12, 2014, 03:00:26 pm
Hi James and welcome to FreeSangha.

The writings of Tara Brach and Pema Chodron are excellent resources for inspiration in dharma practice, but a word of caution about Will Johnson is in order, especially in regard to his qualifications as a Buddhist teacher --- he's a "Certified Emeritus Rolfer" and has taught various forms of meditation through the years, where there's a tendency to blur the lines between Rolfing and the various traditions he borrows from.

This doesn't mean that he doesn't have something to offer, but that care should be taken because there is more to Buddhist practice than just the meditative technique being applied.
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Post by: James on November 13, 2014, 12:46:14 pm
Dharmakara,

Thanks for your warm welcome. And thanks for your work here as administrator. Did you create this forum? If so, thanks for your offering!

You say, "a word of caution about Will Johnson is in order, especially in regard to his qualifications as a Buddhist teacher." I appreciate your concern and desire to be helpful. However, I have no misgivings concerning Will Johnson's qualifications as a teacher of Dharma.  While he is a bodyworker--a Rolfer-, he has very extensive dharma practice experience as well, and is an excellent guide in meditation practice.

Have you read an of his books? I find them immensely helpful in my own practice. His insights about the body, or embodiment, seem to me to be crucially relevant to meditation practice.
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Post by: ErwinOwin on November 24, 2014, 12:17:15 am
Hi Everyone
I am Erwin Winchester.
 ;D
I am Looking forward to learn more and more.
Please Help me and look after me. :cheesy:
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Post by: Dharmakara on November 24, 2014, 05:02:11 am
Hi Erwin and welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: merkaba on November 25, 2014, 11:07:22 am
Hello everyone. My name is Gus, I am finally about to take (what previously seemed to be) such a big step in my mind and that is finally taking refuge. If anyone would be kind enough to answer a few questions I have regarding the formalities of meeting a Lama and asking for refuge I would greatly appreciate it.
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Post by: Dharmakara on November 25, 2014, 12:25:55 pm
Hi Gus and welcome to FreeSangha.

The following article by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche might be beneficial reading for you:

The Meaning of Taking Refuge
http://www.samyeling.org/about/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge/ (http://www.samyeling.org/about/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge/)
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Post by: NotSpNew2Buddhism on November 29, 2014, 01:39:46 pm
Good afternoon! I am not new to Buddhism by any means but I am new to the forum. I am a Secular Buddhist from South Easton,Ma,USA. My path mixes humanism, Zen, and Theravadan practices.
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Post by: Dharmakara on November 29, 2014, 05:04:01 pm
Hi NotSpNew2Buddhism and welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: dhammarelax on November 30, 2014, 08:58:03 am
Hi friends

I am not new to Buddhism but still looking for some answers, hope we enjoy our interactions.

With Metta
dhammarelax
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Post by: marshall on December 02, 2014, 05:21:17 am
greetings and many blessings to you all

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Post by: Dharmakara on December 02, 2014, 08:24:53 am
Hi Marshall and welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: shanegodson on December 17, 2014, 08:20:51 pm
Hi
Title: Dinosaur greetings!
Post by: psittaholic on December 26, 2014, 04:55:36 pm
Hi, I have been practicing Buddhism for a few years now. I am in a situation where finding community is difficult. I live in a rural part of San Diego with only a small population. I rarely travel far because I care for 12 cockatoos at our parrot sanctuary.

I hope to find a wide variety of Buddhists here and learn from many traditions! I am not looking for "like-minded people." Rather I hope to share inspirations especially with those who see things differently...



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Post by: Marcus Epicurus on December 27, 2014, 02:06:09 am
Hi, I have been practicing Buddhism for a few years now. I am in a situation where finding community is difficult. I live in a rural part of San Diego with only a small population. I rarely travel far because I care for 12 cockatoos at our parrot sanctuary.

I hope to find a wide variety of Buddhists here and learn from many traditions! I am not looking for "like-minded people." Rather I hope to share inspirations especially with those who see things differently...

Welcome to FreeSangha psittaholic

I will trade you 7 horses for 12 cockatoos  :lmfao:

I'll bet cleaning their cages is a lot less work than cleaning 7 horse stalls :teehee:
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Post by: Thundrmonkee on December 29, 2014, 01:49:53 pm
Hi there! I just wanted to.... Well I don't know what I wanted to do. I am a 41 year old father of 3 boys and married for 21 years. I am not religious at all but picked a the book by Dan Harris and then Mark Epstein. Since then I have been watching YouTube videos of BuddhistSocietyWA teachings. I have never felt myself drawn to something like this. As an atheist for many years I have always respected people's belief is their religions but never found myself interested in any of them personally. I have been trying to meditate without much success yet but I feel like it will come. Anyways I just wanted to say hi and I really appreciate all of the things that I have read on your site so far and have noted a ton of authors and links to follow up on to continue learning.
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Post by: Dharmakara on December 29, 2014, 01:53:20 pm
Hi Thundrmonkee and welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: hi there
Post by: jamesuk on December 30, 2014, 05:00:29 pm
Hi all,

I have been in Asia for a couple of years, where I have learnt vipassana.  I have just returned to the UK for Christmas, which has been a mixed experience.

I have been practising since I got back nearly everyday.  How do you stay focused?  I am finding practising OK but day to day life difficult!!

Any tips appreciated!

Metta

James.
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Post by: Dharmakara on December 30, 2014, 07:55:06 pm
Hi James and welcome to FreeSangha.

I haven't listened to this audio recording myself, but apparently some people have found it to be helpful:

Meditation Instruction on Breath & Staying Focused (25:33)
http://www.mtstream.org/audio/new2012/Origen%202011/Origen%20Day%202%20AM%20instrucrtion.MP3 (http://www.mtstream.org/audio/new2012/Origen%202011/Origen%20Day%202%20AM%20instrucrtion.MP3)

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Post by: OscarB18 on January 10, 2015, 01:38:15 pm
Hi my names Oscar and I'm new to the idea of Buddhism. Ive always learnt about tin school and i have never believed there was a god but a sense there was something i later found out this something was karma i have read numerous teachings of the buddha and believe that it would benefit me greatly to become buddhist anything tholepin me get started i already meditate for an hour a day

 :anjali:
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Post by: cmad on January 12, 2015, 06:20:44 pm
Hello. I was wondering if someone would be willing to help me? I am writing a paper for my religion class and I would love to interview someone.i have a couple of general questions. I will need to refer to you by name is the only stipulation. I would appreciate anyone who is willing to help.
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Post by: Scottish Buddhist on January 16, 2015, 03:54:08 pm
Hi there everyone! Happy to join this site. I'm 17 years old and living in Marseille, South France. I was born into a Christian family but since last summer I've been getting into Buddhism. I'd been off religion for a few years until last summer I started reading about Buddhism with Siddhartha's story. After hearing it and reading about Buddhism I've felt my life change: I've noticed becoming more happier, relaxed, helpful and kind towards others...etc. Anywayz since Buddhism is having a positive effect on my life I've been wanting to study it more and get advice on how more I can practice it in my everyday life! :)
I'm currently a student and studying at a French International school, so I'm with a range of people with different beliefs, nationalities, ethnic origins...etc. Outside of school I'm into music and especially hip-hop (I rap too) and I find religion, different cultures, traditions, beliefs passionating!  :chill:
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Post by: Dharmakara on January 16, 2015, 06:52:13 pm
Hi Scottish Buddhist and welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: Pema Dorje on January 16, 2015, 11:57:26 pm
Welcome Scottish Buddhist, Oscar, cmad and Thundrmonkee. I hope we can be of some assistance in your journey here at Freesangha.  :namaste:
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Post by: sentiments on January 17, 2015, 09:58:18 am
Hello Everyone...i am Dayanthii from Sri Lanka...As some of you may know Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country with much history still remaining..i was born to a Buddhist family so invariably was groomed accordingly. I like Buddhism as it gives your the freedom to understand it at your own pace without being forceful to practice it. I am happy to be of any assistance to anyone in here and you could always contact me on my email should you need to talk to me. I am glad i found this sight and amazed  on the response you have as its nice to read views of different people from all over the world. For me Buddhism teaches most to be empathizing to any living being. it also teaches that at any given moment you could remember to remind yourself of good things you have done...remind yourself of Buddhha as as a practice , as then even at our death bed we would always would be thinking of happy things which most important at the time of death. May the blessings of the Triple Jem keep you all in Good Health and Happiness ( my email: dayanthii@hotmail.com) or you may post any msgs in here..i will try to make it a practice to come in here more often.
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Post by: kkristenn on January 17, 2015, 08:10:17 pm
Hi, my name is Kristen! I am from Wisconsin, USA and have been practicing samatha/vipassana for 3-4 years on and off, but more recently maintaining a committed practice. I'm thankful to have found this website.
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Post by: smcder on January 18, 2015, 01:01:54 pm
Hello, I am Stephen from Arkansas. I live in a rural area and practice by myself - though there are several retreat centers here in Arkansas that I hope to visit.

I am currently working with a chronic illness and my Buddhist practice has been helpful in coping with discomfort.

Currently I listen to daily Dhamma talks by Thanissaro Bikkhu (Thai Forest tradition) but I am interested in other schools/approaches. I do like the way he works with the breath, based on instructions from Ajahn Lee.

I am also interested in the philosophical side of Buddhism, Nargajuna, etc. - at the same time, conceptual proliferation and the discursive mind, attachment to concepts, ideas and positions is a challenge for me ... turning my mind off, is very difficult!

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Post by: humanitas on January 23, 2015, 01:26:13 am
Hi, I'm back. :)
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Post by: heybai on January 23, 2015, 02:02:29 am
Whoa!  Hi there, old buddy.  ;D
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Post by: Pema Dorje on January 23, 2015, 02:09:35 am
Glad to see the gangs all here.  :teehee:
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Post by: humanitas on January 23, 2015, 08:43:22 am
 :anjali:

I see lots has happened!  Look forward to catching up.
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Post by: healthandpeace on February 01, 2015, 10:34:05 am
Hey everyone,
My name is Jacob,

I've studied Buddhism for most of my life, practiced a lot.

I look forward to hopefully being a part of your Sangha - thank you for creating this place.

Namaste
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Post by: Dharmakara on February 01, 2015, 07:09:07 pm
Hi Jacob and welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Hello!
Post by: W i l l on February 02, 2015, 07:00:40 pm
Hi everyone, my name is Will and I am very new to Buddhism. I have been studying it for about a year but am in much need of guidance. I am not sure what kind of Buddhist I am but hope to discover my way through the help of those here.

Best wishes to all! ^^
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Post by: healthandpeace on February 03, 2015, 05:09:33 pm
Hi Will,

I can say the dharma talks of Tara Brach, Gis Fronsdal and Thich Nhat Hanh were some of the best experiences of my life, there are many teachers out there, I can just say that personally these three were the ones I felt called to most - incredibly transformative and beneficial - by very devoted practitioners and kind, intelligent, wise and compassionate individuals :-) A wonderful way to get in touch with Sangha, if you're far away.

Namaste  :)
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Post by: Dianet on February 15, 2015, 05:25:32 pm


Hello everyone,

I'm Diane. I realized that as I was doing my practice and taking the refuges that there wasn't much Sangha at all in my life. So I looked--and found this wonderful site. I am filled with joy to find so much community.

I have a pretty eclectic approach. I mostly try to study what feels like a do-able challenge to understand at each moment.

 

     
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Post by: Dharmakara on February 15, 2015, 08:50:56 pm
Hi Diane and welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: ldtibbets on February 23, 2015, 08:24:05 pm
Hello,
My name is Leah.
I am 21 years old (22 in April)
I am in college at the moment,
and I am just beginning on my spiritual path
as a buddhist.
I love to make friends,
so if you find me interesting
please don't hesitate to message me!
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Post by: Dharmakara on February 23, 2015, 11:47:57 pm
Hi Leah and welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: ldtibbets on February 26, 2015, 02:04:13 pm
Hello everyone! It's nice to meet you.

Metta,

Leah
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Post by: Catherine1983 on April 03, 2015, 12:56:40 am
Hi

This is catherine , yesterday in my dreams i seen kwan yin surrounded with light in a forest  i could able to see her from a short distance and there are many people with offering and i had milk with me for her can someone help me to interpret this dream.
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Post by: carriesmith123 on April 15, 2015, 07:04:30 pm
Hello! Can I interview someone about Buddhism??
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Post by: joey on April 17, 2015, 01:00:50 pm
Hello all,

My name is Joe.  I'm 63 years old and live in the middle western United States.  I'm not officially a Buddhist.  I'm very interested in Buddhism, however.  I guess I'd say the 'brand' of Buddhism that appeals to me the most is Theravada.  My practice consists of a rather sporadic mindfulness of breathing meditation and Metta.  I also read a lot of Buddhist writings.   In 2011 I downloaded the entire Access to Insight website onto my computer, so I have a lot of reading material. 
.
This seems to be an active and interesting forum. I'm glad I found it.
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Post by: Dharmakara on April 17, 2015, 07:01:52 pm
@carriesmith123 and joey: Hi and welcome to FreeSangha.

@carriesmith: You might want to just post the questions you want to ask in the interview and then let members reply to that.
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Post by: Galen on April 20, 2015, 04:36:06 pm
Hi I'm Galen
I am 55 and I live in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, not far from the great northern wilderness
I started teaching meditation 12 years ago
I'm not really sure when I became more Buddhist than Christian likely sometime in my 30s

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Post by: Dharmakara on April 20, 2015, 04:57:26 pm
Hi Galen and welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: Kyle63 on April 23, 2015, 07:47:09 pm
Hello, I am kyle63. This is my first active (meaning first effort at posting on a forum of any kind, Buddhist or non-Buddhist) visit to a Buddhist forum. I am relatively new to Buddhism (about 3 years of self-directed, very intensive but not wisely guided study) and ,I believe and hope ,quite committed to furthering and deepening my understanding. I have read quite a lot of material from the Tibetan, Mahayana tradition and I am very much taken with the rigorous analytical approach of this tradition, but my consideration of the material is full of blind spots and I'm sure a lot of complacent assumptions of broad comprehension that are deeply flawed from the lack of critical scrutiny a self didact is able to bring to bear on his own idiosyncratic thinking. It would be nice to engage with people who have thought a great deal in their own right,with minds sharpened already from some give and take, and some genuine experience with directed meditation. My efforts with anything like formal, sitting, meditation have only been with concentration on the breath and I'm less accomplished in doing that with any consistant mindfulness than I might reasonably expect to be  after a year and a half of it. As I said I haven't studied under anyone, I'm a Dharma primitive and my rambling post probably suggests as much, but I am really eager to communicate with people who aren't. I've got a probing mind and I really care about trying to become a better, less egocentric person who can actually do some ultimate good,eventually.
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Post by: Dianet on April 24, 2015, 09:55:41 am
Hi Kyle,

It's nice to have you here. I've been here a few months and my familiarity level sounds very familiar to yours. I've had occasional sporadic opportunities to attend a few Mahayana and Therevada public teachings, but I'm still trying to build some structure into my studies. Some of the discussions here go a bit over my head but I'm sure I'm learning something as I watch them go by.

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Post by: ducksandmeeta on May 04, 2015, 09:39:30 am
Hello,

     I am an American residing in Europe. I was never raised religiously, though I loosely identified with Christianity. I believed (and still believe) in God. For some reason, one day watching TV inspiration sprang into my heart. I felt as if I wanted to finally be closer and dedicate myself to God and religion. So I decided to start praying every morning. At first, I wanted to be as general as possible, I wasn't ready to identify with any specific religion yet. So I did stuff most religions do be thankful, remind myself of how much I have, and even meditate. Then I realized I still wanted to be more dedicated.
     So I decided to look up religions. First I went for Christianity, but I knew I couldn't believe many aspects of it. Then, I looked at Judaism and found things I couldn't believe in. I didn't bother looking at Islam due to the fact that I am a woman married to a non-Muslim man (meaning in order to convert i'd have to divorce my husband). Then I got to Buddhism. So I read about the Buddha, his enlightenment, the Four Noble Truths, Eight-Fold Path, a few discourses and I realized I liked it.
     I knew in order to dedicate myself I needed to know the basics and establish whether or not I could accept them. Truth is, the basic of Buddhism seem to me like the basics to being a human being. After two weeks or so of reading this morning I was thinking about Buddhist philosophy and letting it stew in my mind. That's when I discovered I actually hadn't thought much about Buddhism except when reading about it. So I knew I was starting to take it really seriously. Over the course of that two weeks I was doing small things in accordance to Buddhism such as having Metta for living things (if I saw a bug I'd capture and let it free), not eating meat as regularly, meditating through breathing exercises, and trying to be good overall (not cursing, being thoughtful, be sympathetic, not judging people).
I have many question regarding certain things, but I know something for certain, I want to be Buddhist and I need someone to be friend and support me and aid me through the particulars. Anyway, a bit more about me personally, I'm 18, married, no kids, going to University to be a teacher, and I have a cat.
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Post by: Dharmakara on May 04, 2015, 10:52:50 am
Hi ducksandmeeta and welcome to Free Sangha.
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Post by: Galen on May 04, 2015, 05:36:45 pm
HI ducksandmeeta,

I'd be happy to respond to any questions as best I can.

I recently posted a suggestion  for books as an introduction to Buddhism and Meditation the most clear, brief and understandable is

"Buddhism Plain and Simple" by Steve Hagen

another one is "Being Zen" by Ezra Bayda

I would suggest contact with one of these centres for formal training.

London Shambhala Meditation Centre

London Shambhala Meditation Centre
27 Belmont Close
London
SW4 6AY
phone: 020 7720 3207
contact: admin@shambhala.org.uk
www.shambhala.org.uk (http://www.shambhala.org.uk)

Brighton Shambhala Meditation Group

Brighton Shambhala Meditation Group
@Jing Institute, 28-29 Bond St
Brighton
BN1 1RD
contact: brighton@shambhala-europe.org
brighton.shambhala.org

Bristol and S.W. U.K. Shambhala Meditation Group

Bristol and S.W. U.K. Shambhala Meditation Group
17 Lower Redland Road
Bristol
BS6 6TB
phone: 0117 329 6109
contact: bristol@shambhala.org.uk
bristol.shambhala.info

Scotland

Edinburgh Shambhala Meditation Group

Edinburgh Shambhala Meditation Group
Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road
Edinburgh
EH16 5AB, Scotland
phone: 0187 7382 199
contact: a.newton392@btinternet.com
edinburgh.shambhala.info

London Insight Meditation
Mini retreats held at various locations in London for people with busy lives.
londoninsight.org
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Post by: vtoday on May 08, 2015, 09:20:29 pm
Hello,

I'm new.
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Post by: learner on May 12, 2015, 05:00:12 am
My name is Chris. I've been interested in Buddhism for over ten years now. I studied Psychology and religious studies as a degree and last year I took refuge with a Tibetan lama at the Buddhist society in London. I attended a local Triratna Buddhist centre yesterday and I found the experience to be very moving and profound. The only time I felt this before was when I did the refuge ceremony last year - It was like "Now this is a religion!" finally a group that felt clear about it's aims, grounded in practice and devoted to what really matters(developing compassion and wisdom and skilfully directed in practices to do just that). So different to the religious background I grew up with, which always seemed to be empty words and symbols, no real grounding in anything truly meaningful experientially.  We did a little meditation and a practice where we begin with compassion for oneself, then a friend, "neutral person", someone we find difficult and then all beings. This really affected me and has left me with questions. Anyway, look forward to joining in with discussions and sharing! :)
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Post by: Dharma Bum on May 16, 2015, 03:53:51 pm
I've been practicing for around 15 years, admittedly with a few breaks. I don't think of myself as budddhist any longer, finding myself uncomfortable with the idea of becoming attached to dogma. Having said that, I would say that I'm a student of Buddha and find much of value in what I have read, been taught or put into practice. I have experience with one the Tibetan traditions, but found too little emphasis non actually sitting (or walking) in silent meditation.

I've been enjoying Zen for some time, initially as an adjunct with Pure Land Buddha recitation. More recently Japanese Zazen has been my focus. I found myself having to move away from the town my Sangha were based. White Goose Sangha is a non-faith Zen group which has given me a taste of my natural heritage; being in the present moment. I found a functioning Zen group in my new hometown of Nottingham, in the Korean tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Deep Roots Sangha have been welcoming. I live in a fairly isolated spot and am coming to cherish the idea of at least one group and contact a week.

I have most of my loving family close to me, a sangha, a place to live and practice. Yet I grieve for friends and loved ones left behind. Some I fear I will never see again. Some I just miss. I am a little low right now. Sitting with these feelings is hard going, but always helps. Still I become lonely, so a Buddhist forum might be a good place to exchange ideas and feelings.
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Post by: Galen on May 16, 2015, 04:47:08 pm
Hi Dharma Bum

I am Galen
I live in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, in northern Ontario.

Welcome to Free Sangha!
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Post by: marco on June 25, 2015, 01:46:24 pm
Hello!  My name is Marco and I have been dabbling in Buddhism and meditation fro the last 10 years or so. I have recently fully committed to the Buddhist path and I'm looking for an online community where I can ask/answer questions and continue to explore Buddhism.
I look forward to future chats with you!   :)
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Post by: Dharmakara on June 25, 2015, 01:51:11 pm
Hi Marco and welcome to FreeSangha.
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Post by: MissGrape on June 28, 2015, 11:09:21 am
Dharma Bum, I hope you come back to the forum soon and connect with us  :hug:

Hello Marco!  :)
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Post by: orategama on June 30, 2015, 12:38:09 pm
Hi, I'm Orategama. I have been practicing dharma since 2010. I practice tsa-lung and mindfulness meditation. I hope to share our experiences.
metta __/|\__
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Post by: MissGrape on June 30, 2015, 08:08:45 pm
Hi there, Orategama. So nice to meet you. Welcome. I am pretty new to this place as well and have really enjoyed my time here so far.  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Mango_D on July 05, 2015, 10:23:38 pm
Hello,
I'm new to the whole Buddhism 'thing' and want to learn more. The first thing I thought of was to search the internet. I did, and I wound up here.
I'm hoping I can at least meet my immediate goal of learning more about Buddhism. Looks like a great place to do so.
Cheers from Atlanta!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: MissGrape on July 11, 2015, 09:03:27 am
Hi there Mango D ! Hope you are enjoying your time here so far.   :hug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Alina on July 14, 2015, 08:43:11 am
Hi! I am Alina, I read this forum quite a long time and I am very happy that I finally post a message. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Alina
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: MissGrape on July 15, 2015, 10:52:16 am
Hi Alina, so nice to meet you  :hug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: AnonyMouse on July 21, 2015, 03:47:52 am
Hello! My name is Lee, and I've been exploring Buddhism for a few years. Where I live, I am nearly alone with my appreciation for Buddhism, so I am excited to unite with FreeSangha. Thank you for opening these doors to the world!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on July 21, 2015, 04:08:27 am
Hi Lee and welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: MissGrape on July 21, 2015, 09:09:25 am
Hi Lee  :namaste: Welcome.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: lexa7 on August 11, 2015, 09:53:03 pm
Hello! My name is Alexandra, but I've started going by Lexa. I have started thinking about Hinduism and Buddhism a lot lately. I would like to know more about these two religions and maybe start practicing a little bit of both. I like Lord Ganesha a lot, he makes a lot of sense to me and I've started thinking of him watching over me a little bit. To me this all sounds really strange because I grew up with an "atheist" father who shames religion frequently and when I told him that I've started thinking of religion, he said "why?" in a very judgemental tone and scoffed, so naturally I feel a little bit silly thinking about religion and spirituality as it has been pounded into my head that it's wrong or stupid. I hope to find my beliefs soon, although I am still young, and I hope that this forum will help me.

Thank you.  <3
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: coco on August 13, 2015, 09:25:32 pm
Hi Lexa,

I am pretty new myself, but here's what I think....a little of what I think anyway!

If you were to ask someone, such as your father, is he thinks that treating everyone you encounter in a non-harming manner, he'd likely say yes.

If you were ask if being kind, and if being loving in general - to the best of your ability of course - were a thing to aspire to, would he not say yes?

How 'bout taking what doesn't belong to you?  Spreading rumors, or lying?

Go through the precepts.  Which ones would any decent, sane person take issue with? 

That is a starting point that makes sense to me. 

You don't even have to go so far as to say "Spiritual", if that's too big a leap.  It will come.  One day you will realize that's exactly what has been happening to you:  you are becoming more in tune with the beings we are meant to be.

I hope it was ok to post this reply on the newcomer page.

Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Nick Mitchell94 on August 19, 2015, 11:01:06 pm
Hi!  My name is Nick Mitchell.  Honestly, I joined this site in the hope to learn more about Buddhism and have conversations with actual Buddhists.  I was raised a Catholic, and would still define myself as a Catholic; however, I have in the past year developed some deeper questions and doubts about my faith.  I have always found Buddhism to be a fascinating religion, and I want to learn more about it.  During an especially difficult time in my life, I found there to truly be some enlightening wisdom from the teachings of Siddartha Gautama that helped me to deal with some of my struggles.  Although I would still identify myself as a member of the Catholic faith, although one who has a lot of doubts and questions about that faith, I am curious to hear the wisdom of Buddhism.  I am truly in a quest for truth and wisdom.  Regardless of which tradition or philosophy I ultimately adhere to, if any, I have deep respect for Buddhism and know it holds great truth within its teachings.  Someday I want to travel to the east where Buddhism first originated and if possible meet some monks or other religious leaders of Buddhism.  For now, that is not possible for me to do, so I am excited to speak to some actual Buddhist practitioners and learn from their beliefs.  I have never met an actual Buddhist in person, sadly.  Anyway, I appreciate you all allowing someone of a different cultural upbringing to participate in the discussions on this site, and I am excited to know what I may learn from all of you.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Zen_Bookaholic on August 30, 2015, 12:32:54 pm
Hello everyone. You can call me Zen_Bookaholic, or Andrew if you prefer. I suppose you could say I lean more toward the Zen part of the Buddhist spectrum, although there are definitely some Tibetan influences there as well. Not to mention I'm strongly influenced by Taoism and Christianity (I used to be a Christian.) I'm here looking for community more than anything. There aren't many Buddhists in my part of the Midwest, after all. You seem like a good bunch, so I thought I'd give you a try. I look forward to getting to know you and to learning what I can here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on August 30, 2015, 01:37:45 pm
Hi Andrew and welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: rick724 on August 31, 2015, 01:19:25 am
Hi, I've called myself a Buddhist for 40 years but don't think I got serious about it until 20 years ago. I prefer zen over all the others but lately seem to be buying into Eckart Tolle's idea that the best spiritual practice is mindfulness which I have found to be very challenging.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dmacgowan on September 11, 2015, 02:21:52 pm
Hello!

I am a very new Buddhist living near San Francisco. Coming off of a 30+ year entrenchment with Christianity.

I'm reading books for Buddhism beginners and am having trouble choosing a particular branch and don't know if I want to. I am not a fan of "us versus them" theology.

And there is the whole issue of the creator god. I feel sort of Deist here: a creator god who did the initial creation and then stepped back and has not intervened with the universe(s) since. Not a god to look to for help or intervention.

I realize I am at the very start of my Buddhist path and look forward to reading and sharing with this Sangha!    :buddha:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: David1967 on September 14, 2015, 12:18:53 pm
Hello to all. I am new here. I am not a Buddhist but have much respect for the principles taught in the Buddhist tradition.  My introduction to Buddhism came when I noticed the book "Living Buddha Living Christ by Thich Naht Hahn in my local bookstore several years ago. Since reading this book I cant get enough of his writings. I am reading his book on fear for the third time now. I look forward to discussing and learning with you all. Perhaps someday when someone asks me who I am, I may say to them, I am awake.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on September 14, 2015, 02:14:39 pm
Hi David and welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: EllieZel on October 11, 2015, 07:24:23 pm
Hi, I'm Ellie. I teach elementary music on a reservation in North Dakota. I guess I might be called a secular Buddhist, leaning toward Zen in most ways.

I came across Buddhism several years ago when I was struggling with a lack of Christian faith. The Buddhist literature I first encountered had an attitude that was so comforting and refreshing to me - an attitude of focusing on the here and now, on what was skillful and what was unskillful, on lived experience. Anyway, since getting away from college and moving so far away from a temple that my state shares a Buddhist organization with a neighboring state, I've gotten pretty lazy with my Buddhist practice.

In the absence of a temple or any other Buddhists around, I thought I'd try connecting with some online.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ad_hominem_2_Mantra on October 11, 2015, 08:49:29 pm
Hi,

I study New Kadampa Buddhism.
Not much to say about me by me, but I like Buddhism because
of the incredible sense of adventure and exploration it gives me.
A never ending journey is arguably common to my native religion, which I cherish
dearly also. 
I'm here because I want to know more and to realize the truths that Buddha and all
great spiritual masters, all my teachers, have to teach me.
I wish everyone happiness and a "rock solid" journey to realizing
emptiness quickly, efficiently, and with minimal obstacles of suffering.
I like to think that if I'm trying, and hopefully getting closer day by day,
then anyone can do the same and better.
Wherever you might be on the path to enlightenment,
I should do well to regard you as a Buddha.

--Mantra de Shakyamuni
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on October 13, 2015, 02:00:58 am
Hi EllieZel and AH2M --- welcome to FreeSangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: YairShezaf on October 14, 2015, 05:02:36 am
Hello everyone
:)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: wandering_samsara on October 24, 2015, 11:53:07 pm
Hi everyone! :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dharmakara on October 25, 2015, 07:12:49 am
Welcome to FreeSangha!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: drolma40 on November 10, 2015, 03:08:10 am
Hi, I've recently joined this forum and I'm not quite sure of how I ended up here! I am not a Buddhist but recently I think I have had past life memories of being a Buddhist which involves some karma which I'm hoping to resolve in this lifetime. Hello to you all.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: aboddhisattva on November 12, 2015, 11:31:25 am
Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd write a few lines FYI so you know where I'm coming from when I reply to your posts.

I'm From London. England, and I'm not unstudied in Western science and philosophy as well as the traditional religions of the East such as buddhism, taoism, hinduism or christianity.  I do not subscribe to a particular religion per se but enjoy exploring the unfolding panorama that is present with me.

I may be said to subscribe to mahayana buddhism and the flower garland sutra resonates within me, along with the diamond and heart sutras.  I like the symbolic clarity and beauty of Zen and the symbolic beauty and clarification of Tibetan buddhism.  I follow the path of no path where no one is my guru, but permit everyone to be my teacher, so feel free to teach me something new, particularly as there are no fruits of practice other than the experience of now. 

I love wisdom and how it plays out.  I look forward to receiving and sharing it in equal measure.

But enough of me...  I want to discover something about the intellectual you...

Namaste :teehee:




Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: TonyD on December 07, 2015, 10:31:44 am
Hi Sangha, I just recently joined this forum, though I have been practicing Buddhist meditation (rather lackadaisically) for over 2 decades. I hope to learn a lot more about all forms of Buddhism, especially the Mahayana schools, from those more experienced than I. 

I am pleased to meet you!

Gassho   :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meekerscott on December 17, 2015, 02:16:52 pm
Hello.

I am glad to be here and to start removing myself from the duality of me. I once had a life where I took refuge in the three jewels every day, practiced meditation, read Sutras and began to live a peaceful and calm life. I left my Sangha somehow, got misdirected, and now suffer in a body that I believe has been physically inflicted because of veering off the path. I can be fixed, I just need to get back onto the path.

Thank you for being here. I look forward to more moments communicating.

Blessings of the World Honored One. 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: emailaaron1 on December 17, 2015, 06:52:57 pm
Hi all, I'm still quite new to buddhism, what advice would you give to somebody looking to learn more? and start to work the teachings of buddha into everyday life? Im 24 years old living in Manchester, I have no friends with an interest in buddhism (they are more interested in drinking/partying)... Any advise?


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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meekerscott on December 18, 2015, 06:36:39 am
Kind of funny, one of the best books I have read that has explained Buddhism in a very simple, yet effective way was "Buddhism for Dummies."
I still go back and read it sometimes. It's a really good one for people who are curious to start exploring.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: richie_wales on December 24, 2015, 07:20:32 am
Hi all I'm richie_Wales. My real name is Richard and I guess you know I'm in Wales. UK.I have studied Buddhism off and on for many years. I have allowed obstacles to halt my progress but now I have moved from the city to the middle of both Wales in the hills and mountains, distractions are few.

My main interest now is Tibetan Buddhism, as I don't belong to a sangha or gave a teacher or spiritual guide all helpand ccommunication would be welcome.
Wishing you all peace, love and progress on your chosen path
Richie
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dianet on December 24, 2015, 11:43:48 am
Hello and welcome Richie and anyone else who might have not been welcomed recently.  Personally, I lost access to this forum for a few days around the time we also lost Dharmakara. Not sure if everyone else was down too or not.  Looking forward to sharing your thoughts and insights.

Namaste,

Diane
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: LetGo on January 24, 2016, 04:06:18 pm
Hello. I used to post here a few years ago, but left after losing my cool in an argument (was also going through some personal stuff). Feeling a little sad that I never got the chance to patch things up with Dharmakara, but I'm excited to start interacting with all the new folks here. Here's to a fresh start.  :namaste:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on January 25, 2016, 12:30:42 am
Here's to a fresh start.  :namaste:

Welcome back! 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: LetGo on January 25, 2016, 07:32:29 am
Welcome back!
Thanks!
 :anjali:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on January 25, 2016, 10:37:19 am
Glad to have you back.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Shunyata on February 06, 2016, 02:35:52 pm
Hello from Wisconsin

I'm a total newbee to this forum and hope that I can connect with like minded sentient beings!
I am currently practicing Zen Buddhism with a small sangha in my home town and have found great peace in the  experience. I recently joined a year long forum with theory and practice in Kriya yoga meditation among other ancient knowledge topics. Anyone out there familiar with this I would like some input. Thank you.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on February 06, 2016, 05:00:37 pm
Glad that you are adding your voice to the forum again.

Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Woodsy on February 13, 2016, 12:15:33 pm
Hello from Pennsylvania.  I am on my own with Buddhism and have been reading a lot of Pema Chdron.  I am a disconnected Christian and am looking forward to learning a lot here.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on February 19, 2016, 01:30:59 pm
Hello from Pennsylvania.  I am on my own with Buddhism and have been reading a lot of Pema Chdron.  I am a disconnected Christian and am looking forward to learning a lot here.

Welcome to the forum.  Is there much Buddhist stuff going on in Pennsylvania?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: pms83 on February 20, 2016, 06:10:40 am
Hi,
My name is Paul. I'm 32.
Buddhism is something that I have kept in mind for about 3 and a half years now and it slowly helped bring my life from what felt like hell at the time back to a state of being grounded, more content, more independent... Again... Actually it kind of brought me back from the dead, and although I don't really intend to go full monastic or anything I do integrate it into my daily life and activities. I value it as a philosophy and as a way of looking at life. I'm looking forward to occasionally sharing the odd opinion or idea about the subject in peace with other Buddhists.
Pleased to meet you.
Paul.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on February 22, 2016, 05:22:15 am
Hi,
My name is Paul. I'm 32.

Welcome, Paul.  Which part of the world are you in?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Wilf on March 03, 2016, 12:15:24 pm
Blessing to all.i am Wilf from Birmingham. I am housebound and I  think this is going to help me open my heart with the love of all you beautiful people. 






Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dianet on March 06, 2016, 06:54:26 am
Welcome Wilf,

It's good to have you with us.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: zaphod on March 08, 2016, 09:28:36 am
Hi all. Been an atheist all my life but thought that Buddhism could be of interest based on the little I knew of it. Then last year went to see the Dalai Lama speaking and was inspired to learn more. Then by chance I found a copy of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche in a charity shop and was blown away. Been meditating since and reading alot more around Buddhism in general. Hoping to meet some like minded people for interesting Buddhist related chat.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: BilboSwagginz19 on April 14, 2016, 05:48:48 pm
Hello everyone!

My name is Dom, I'm 19 and I'm from New England. I have been interested in Buddhism for about 5 years and I have been practicing for 2 years now. I am not really following one school in particular, but I have mainly looked into and practiced Zen and Shin. I hope to contribute in anyway that I can to this community and I hope that everyone is healthy and well.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: chambd on April 16, 2016, 09:41:05 am
Hi my name is David (chmbd)

I am a Mahamudra practitioner having just returned from Bodhgaya for teachings and empowerment. I am really looking for Tibetan prayers on video or audio so I can learn the sixfold refuge pray in Tibetan before I start my prostrations. Dose anyone know of any links?

Cheers all and I hope you practices go well

David

Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Vince on April 20, 2016, 01:11:54 pm
 Hi all,
 I'm Vince. I've been a Zen practitioner for about 10 years or so. However, my progress has been slow even though I'm very consistent in daily practice. I've decided that I'm quite not ready for Zen enlightenment,  so I decided to pursue Pureland. Leaning towards Jodo Shu. Hoping to learn a lot !
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Elvis on May 01, 2016, 10:04:27 pm
Woops, missed this thread, I posted a topic. :(
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: CorporateBuddha on May 01, 2016, 11:17:28 pm
Hello Everyone,

I have about ten years background studying Buddhist literature and before that was in the corporate consulting world. Recently finished writing about how Buddhist teachings could help those at work - and home, and the book is called 'The Corporate Buddha'. Hope to engage with some of you time to time to improve my knowledge and ideas and also learn from your experiences.

Blessings..._/\_
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: vishuroshan on May 13, 2016, 03:42:40 am
Hi Im viran. i'm hete to inroduce an enlighted monk whos' living in Sri Lanka on a top of a mountain.
eating only one meal. very attractive. he has an amazing knowledge regarding dhamma /meditation. please refer the below websites

www.pathtonibbana.org (http://www.pathtonibbana.org)
www.mahanuwara-wajirabuddhi-thero.org/EN (http://www.mahanuwara-wajirabuddhi-thero.org/EN)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: KassMo on May 17, 2016, 11:35:29 pm
Hi I'm Kass. Reading through a few things and feeling a little overwhelmed but I am just beginning my journey into Buddhism and know very little about the lifestyle. I hope to find guidance and understanding here as well as many friends. I love to travel and learn, I love reading and trying new and delicious cuisine. Feel free to say hi in my email.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: DigitalDhamma on June 01, 2016, 04:07:10 am
Hello everybody,

I'm Dean - Lovely to e-meet you all.

Very new to the Dhamma & more so freesangha.com, I have really enjoyed my first few days exploring Buddhism however during my research I stumbled upon the following articles;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36424091 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-36424091)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32929855 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32929855)

Both stories make me feel sorrowful, are practices stated in the above articles more commonplace than the media publish? What are people's views on the above articles?

Peace & Love.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Louden Kliehr on June 12, 2016, 10:48:16 pm
Hello fellow Dharma practitioners. I've been here before a few years ago sort of fell off of the path. I also had a user name that I can't recall. I really enjoyed this forum and gained some excellent insight. So--bows--I am happy to be back.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on June 13, 2016, 03:29:05 pm
Welcome "aboard" everyone.  Look forward to reading your posts.

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: vishuroshan on June 16, 2016, 01:14:28 am
as per my reasearch, the only living arahant nowadays who preach dhamma just like BUDDHA did is ARAHANT WAJIRABUDDHI THERO who's living in Sri Lanka. He has done a unique amazing discourse starting from CONVICTION and ending in NIBBANA.

www.mahanuwara-wajirabuddhi-thero.org/EN (http://www.mahanuwara-wajirabuddhi-thero.org/EN)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Sweettee on June 27, 2016, 01:01:25 pm
Hello All,

My name is  Tanya, brand spanking new to Buddism. I've always to wanted to know what is was and how it was practiced. I used to attend a Baptist church, however always felt it was not for me. So I've been aimlessly trying to figure it out. So far what I've read and currently reading now "What the Buddha Taught", I'm loving it 100% and I'm very excited about my journey.

I can be very overwhelming with all the information out there and hope that this forums can help with my journey, thanks.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SwiftMerit on July 04, 2016, 11:17:57 am
Hi Tanya, i am new here also. Buddhist meditation is an excellent place to start if your just getting 'into' Buddhism. There are many different traditions and schools of Buddhism, try not to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and keep learning. :dharma:

Hi Everyone, my name is Lobsang. Looking forward to chatting with y'all
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Xicad on July 05, 2016, 09:05:59 am
Hi all

This is my first time joining a buddhist forum.  I am pretty new to buddhism, although I do try to practice some of the teachings, meditate and practice yoga. 

I am excited to join you.

 ;D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: fatprevi on July 07, 2016, 04:12:34 pm
Hi, I am fatprevi and I have been a Buddhist since 2001. Since 2009 I have moved to a place where there is no Sangha. Also I moved away from the teachers I had so I hope that using this virtual Sangha will help me keep my practice.
English is not my native language so I hope you all forgive my spelling mistakes and errors, if you would like, feel free to correct them.
The lineage of Buddhism I follow is the Vajhrayana one and my teacher was Chagdud Tulku Rimpoche.
I am female and I am 49 years old.

Thank you for accepting me in the Free Sangha.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Corsair_Caruso on July 07, 2016, 08:24:32 pm
Hello, please call me Corsair_Caruso (or any abbreviation of that you feel appropriate). I've recently been exploring Buddhism, and am very, very new to everything. I'm originally from Texas, and was raised Christian; I left that faith behind after I became dissatisfied with it spiritually and unconvinced by its theological assertions. Though I don't know if I would call myself a Buddhist yet, I am very interested in exploring the community of believers and learning more about the tenets and practices of Buddhism. I'm reading "The Foundations of Buddhism," by Rupert Gethin, and have purchased the following at the suggestion of a reviewer on Amazon: "Food For The Heart," by Ajahn Chah, "The Mind And The Way," by Ajahn Sumedho, "A Path with Heart," by Jack Kornfield, and "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness," by Henepola Gunaratana. I've also reached out to a friend who is a practicing Buddhist to speak with her about her experiences and plan on attending a "Friday Night Chant," at a Buddhist Temple in Baton Rouge (only an hour away from where I live in Louisiana). I've begun meditating for approximately half an hour before bed, as best I can. I'd also like to incorporate yoga into my meditation, as I used to do yoga a lot as a physical fitness practice, and I understand it can be conducive to meditation.

I'd love to talk more about others' experiences and thoughts, as I know very little.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ci-shi on July 28, 2016, 04:29:17 am
Hello all,


I am 46, live a quiet, minimalist life alone in Nashville, where I’ve been since 2014.  I spend most of my time outside of work reading (mostly heady stuff), exploring the variety of international shops in my area, taking long saunterings in the local parks.  My main vice is collecting vinyl (classical, jazz, British folk and folk-rock, mostly obscure rock).


I've lived a few places, including overseas (Italy and New Zealand), and I've done a bit of "spiritual traveling" too, many years ago -- mostly a wide range of Christianity.  While not a Christian, I'm strongly sympathetic to Tolstoy's anarcho-pacifist take on Christianity, something almost unheard of today, sadly.  I’ve been practicing Buddhism since 2010, though I took a detour in 2014 due to a series of unfortunate personal circumstances.  Since then, I’ve been finding my way back to some financial and personal stability again, and renewed my Buddhist practice in earnest just a couple months ago. 


In the past my practice has hovered around the Soto Zen, Thien, and Chan approaches to the Buddhadharma.  I used to practice in the Plum Village tradition (of Thich Nhat Hanh).  I’ve been drawn to Sheng Yen’s teaching, though where I now live there is no sangha here affiliated with Dharma Drum Mountain.  I’m in no hurry however to find a new sangha home (there’s a local Soto Zen group I will likely attend eventually). 


Not sure just how much I’ll contribute here, of if I’ll just listen in -- but I’m happy to be here!



Title: Hello From Argentina
Post by: maqui on August 18, 2016, 08:04:00 am
Hii

I am maqui (Maria Jose) from Argentina and this is the first time I take part in a virtual sangha. Unfortunately, in the city I live there isn't.. Although I have read books (and also kind of practised on my own) about different types of buddhism, I find more affinity with Theravada tradition.
I think it is important to feel supported by fellow buddhists along the way, that is one of the reasons I signed up here. Are there any Spanish speaking people in the forum?

Warm regards to everybody!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dragonlord on August 18, 2016, 03:24:45 pm
Hello everyone

I've come to this forum because in my daily life, I rarely encounter people who have a similar lifestyle as mine. I feel that on this forum, I can help others and they can help me as we attain enlightenment.

First, I'll discuss myself a little. I haven't started calling myself a Buddhist until relatively recently. However, I have been practicing meditation, contemplative techniques, studying various religions and mystic arts for about six years. All the while trying to find answers and understand this plane which we all live in. I've realized through studying Eightfold path and learning the Four Noble Truths, it as enhanced and made me more aware of everything I have been studying. Therefore, I have no qualms about referring to myself as a buddhist.

Right now, to describe myself in human form, I'm 22 years old I live in Canada at the moment, but may decide to move one day. I'm a entrepreneur, focusing mostly on technology. Right now I do web development and web designing, but I am also going into app development. I'm a martial artist, as I have practiced Taekwondo nearly my entire life, and I have also recently learned Wing Chun. I speak Japanese and Korean as well as English, and I am in the process of learning Mandarin as well.

To be perfectly honest, I have not kept a steady meditation practice over the years. Oftentimes I have been distracted by other things happening in my life. I have struggled with depression for many years, and I also have Tourettes, even though these days it's very mild. At the very least, meditation keeps me stable, but I am using meditation as a vehicle to realize enlightenment. I want to help others who are close to me, and I believe the best way of doing that is by being an example in their lives.

Other random facts, I'm an avid gamer, I love chocolate and sushi, usually not together, and I change my hairstyle about every 3 months.

You'll be seeing more of me around!

 :buddha2:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: DavidM843 on August 18, 2016, 04:08:52 pm
Hi all.  David here.  Been practicing for around 25 years and studied under Theravadin, Zen, and Tibetan teachers.  I lean heavily towards Theravadin teachings, but consider myself mostly non denominational. 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Becg7 on August 22, 2016, 02:15:12 pm
Hello I'm extremely new her and to Buddhism. I'm here because my dad recently died, we were extremely close when I was young but we weren't in contact for about 15 years.  When I made contact he was ill. I only had two months with him before he died.

I know he meditated when I was a child and he went to buddhist retreats a few times. He had Buddhs in his room and while I was sorting out his things I have come across many more.

I would love to know what they are and also a little more about it all really. Anything that could help me understand. 

Thanks for reading
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: dispassion on August 23, 2016, 03:45:05 am
Hello,

I have been a practising Theravada Buddhist since 17 and Bhikkhu though that was many many years ago.  It's good to sit at the table with friends - understanding wisdom insight and of course to be happy!  ;D

Be Happy!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: granfalloon on September 01, 2016, 03:49:09 am
Hi everybody. I have been a buddhist for a few years, but don't really have a sangha. I thought I would try to find other buddhists online. I look forward to exploring these forums.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: MMS2016 on September 08, 2016, 01:47:58 pm
Hi, guys

My name's Manasses and I'm fairly knew at studying/understanding/practicing buddhism, but I've got loads of questions. =D

Lately I found some stuff about the 12 Laws of Kharma..  Then I found some more stuff and they were a bit different. So now I'm wondering if there are actually a register of the main 12 Laws of Kharma or if someone just put 12 together to make it easier to understand the concept?

So I'm just wondering if there's anywhere I could find more information on that? Is there anything official said about the subject by the Buddha or anyone else? Is there a difference between Indian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism(or any other sects) on the subject?

Thank you in advance!

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Post by: Suiseki on September 30, 2016, 02:19:54 pm
 :anjali: Hello Everyone! I'm John but was given my Dharma name Suiseki ("water and stone") in 1981 by my late teacher Duk Yeoung Kim Sensei. I've been a student and practitioner of the Way for almost 40 years and have studied mostly in the USA. My teachers were American, Japanese, Korean and Hindu-Indian including the late, H. H. Shankaracharya of Kashmir, Gaddi Swami Swanandashram with whom I traveled to Gangotri Himalayas, India and meditated in 1981.

I live on a mountain with my wife in the middle of a large forest and meditate daily in my little Zendo. I hope to find friendship and Dharma-goodness among the many nice people here, and look forward to sharing in Buddha's wisdom. My motto is "Don't ask, Find Out!"

Although Zen Buddhist in inclination, I consider myself religion-free and a "Benevolent Iconoclast" :anjali:

Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: bhough4 on October 02, 2016, 02:30:07 pm
Hi, I am Barry, an artist and former scientist from Los Angeles.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: PerryIntro on October 02, 2016, 07:00:23 pm
Hi Barry! :)

And hi to everyone else too... I am also new here. My name is Perry and I live in England. I first became attracted to Buddhism at 18, and followed the precepts closely for four years until, at 22, I went to university and slowly drifted away.

But I've felt the call again at 26, and I hope to be here to stay!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Shinnen on October 13, 2016, 04:12:03 pm
Hi All,
       I am new to the forum. I have been learning about the teachings for about 25 years. When I was 47 I had an awakening of sorts. I realized that a man who had lived 2500 years ago knew more about me than I know about myself. I was completely overwhelmed with joy, and realized at that moment that I had always been a buddhist, as indeed is everyone, and that I could never be anything else, even if I were to denounce it completely. Since then there has been much discovery mixed with sadness. I think there was much that I realized those 25 years ago of which I am still not even aware. I hope this is a place where I can explore with others what it is to walk the buddhist path.
.... john
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Elemenopee on October 20, 2016, 08:51:48 pm
Hey everyone!

I am new to the world of Zen Buddhism.

To be fair, I have always had a connection to Taoism and Buddhism since my teens. At 31, I am coming back to the path.

Unfortunately in a small town in a foreign country so my contacts in the Buddhist world are, as you could say, quite slim!

Hey John, Perry and Barry!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Chandra on October 30, 2016, 11:13:50 pm
Hi - Introduce yourself here! This is the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers who don't want to start a new topic for their introduction. Or you may post a new topic if you'd like your own introduction!

Many Thanks to Arya-Shraman's idea
Quote from: Arya-Shravak Shraman
I think there should be a single thread where everyone can Introduce
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: anamika on December 06, 2016, 12:20:25 pm
Hello everyone, I am Anamika and I am new to Buddhism. I am here to learn more, find myself and attain eternel happiness within me.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Seeking a better life! on December 19, 2016, 04:26:36 pm
Hello I'm really getting interested in the Buddhist way of life.
I've been mediating almost every day for 8 months and am noticing some positive and unusual changes.
I'd really like to discuss them with an experienced meditator. Can anyone help me please?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Seeker99 on December 20, 2016, 07:46:25 am
Hello;

I'm new here - first day: (why does it feel like the first day at a new school/job...?).  Anyway, I have been fascinated by religion my whole life.  Even as a child.  Through my teens and into my 40's, I was a professed Christian.  The kind that some describe as fundamentalist.  However, I started reading further and further a field from Christian teachings and started a rather interesting exploration that exposed me to many beliefs and creeds. I even lived a year as a practicing Muslim.  In time I found my path of discovery took me away from monotheistic (or polytheistic) beliefs to the place where I am today: probably best described as an atheist.  During my journey, however, I read a bit about the Buddha and Buddhism and it has stayed with me. Especially the practice of Zen.  I am "compelled" by the deceptively simple observations contained in the Four Noble Truths and the path to liberation described on the Eight Fold Path.  But here"s the rub: I can read about it all until the cows come home (and I have read a lot about Buddhism recently); but what do I "do" with that information?  Like some of the people here, I do not have ready access to a teacher. I must admit that I afraid of self-instructing in case I lead myself astray.  After years of exploring, I don't want to "mess up" now.

This is why I am here, I guess. to chat with others who may be in the same boat as I am. Perhaps offer some insights, suggestions, positive critiques, friendly corrections, constructive feedback.

I look forward to our discussions.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: zafrogzen on December 21, 2016, 08:40:39 am
Dear Seeking and seeker,

I've noticed a lot of newbies here of late, while most of the old timers have disappeared, so you may end up talking to each other rather than an "experienced meditator." But that's what forums are about anyway.

If you do have questions about practice I suggest you go ahead and put them out here. Some of the answers you get might even be helpful. Don't be shy, you're anonymous here.

As for finding a teacher. It's important to remember from the get go that answers and enlightenment experiences come from within. Someone else can give you answers, but they're meaningless if you don't experience them yourself.

There's a huge amount of books as well as information on the web available now. I was introduced to zen very early through books and that's the direction I naturally went in. Teachers just showed up later. I can't imagine what it would be like to start out now without that direction, but I would think that influences naturally come about anyway through investigating what is out there and what one is attracted to -- and most importantly though your own practice.

Even though I might be classed as an "experienced meditator," I am not a teacher and any answers I come up with will just me my experience. A teacher is not much different, except they are usually part of a "lineage" and are transmitting a certain view or teaching and therefore have some backup.

Anyway, I look forward to interacting with you here. Again, don't be shy about putting your thoughts out here -- but don't get too attached to them or to your identity here because who knows what might come down. Maybe nothing.

As for getting started. Here's some basic meditation instruction from my own experience: http://www.frogzen.com/meditation-basics/ (http://www.frogzen.com/meditation-basics/) and there are lots of other resources out there as well. Just jump in! It might feel like you're in deep water and don't know how to swim, but eventually it you'll get used to it.
 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: billyhalim on December 23, 2016, 09:44:19 pm
Hello,

Namo Buddhaya

Let me introduce myself. My name is Billy. I am 19 years old. I am a Buddhist from Indonesian. I want to learning buddhism deeply beside only practicing the 5 main precepts of Buddhism. I hope all people here can help me to give me more and useful explanation of Dhamma in order to undertake my life to compassion and wisdom.

Sabbe Satta Bhavantu Sukhitatta,

Thank You

Billy
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Post by: MLA on January 01, 2017, 09:34:02 pm
Hi everyone, my name is Mary and I'm an unaffiliated Buddhist from South Africa looking for a little online sangha support and companionship since there is no Buddhist community where I live.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: CowpieDan on January 07, 2017, 01:06:14 pm
Hi everyone,

I'm Dan from the UK. I've been exploring Buddhism for a few years and have a regular meditation practice. I'm mainly drawn to Zen, maybe for its deceptive simplicity and straightforwardness. I really like Joko Becks teachings. I've been feeling an increasing pull to commit more fully to Buddhism as a path so will see where it takes me. Looking forward to learning more from people here.

Take care

Dan
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Napoli on January 17, 2017, 09:55:14 am
Hello everyone. I am Napoli from Bangladesh. Currently, I am in search of my spiritual path. I came here to learn and discuss about Buddhism. I hope to have great time with you here  :blush:.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Spiritual_monk on January 22, 2017, 04:44:23 am
My name is Dat Nguyen and I am a practitioner of Buddhism. I also meditate and I have noticed that the my way of Buddhism is the Zen Buddhism. Yeah, I love it :).
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: nickmuay on January 24, 2017, 10:32:43 pm
My Name is Nick. I having been moving more and more into Buddhism for a few years now and it has had a big positive impact on my life. Not sure how to use this forum but looking forward to learning. Have a great day everyone


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Post by: Bodhisattva47 on March 06, 2017, 04:38:17 am
Hello my name is Lyndon and I am from the UK. Buddhism has become something of a path I want to and need to follow for enlightenedment.  I would be happy to talk to anyone who has supreme knowledge on such a path of awakening.

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Post by: meditationresearcher on March 06, 2017, 03:20:29 pm
Hi,

Good wishes to all.

I'm undertaking academic research research into meditation, the project has been granted ethical approval by the OU. I would  like to invite meditators over the age of 18 to complete a short anonymous survey. There are 18 questions connected largely to practice.

Practitioners of any forms of Buddhist meditation that would like further details can visit

https://openss.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9R0MveSOzBTF297

Feel free to copy or circulate the details

Regards


SGM
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Marpapram on April 11, 2017, 03:24:39 pm
Hi- from St Paul, Minnesota. I'm abject old school. Emphasis in Siddhartha's pronounced doctrines: 4 Truths, Samsara, Kalama, Dhyana, Satipattana sutta. I don't do councils because politics are lame.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: vitanuova on April 12, 2017, 09:21:55 pm
Hello my name is Edwin and I hope I have found the refuge of like minded individuals. See you in the forum....
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: DMR on April 14, 2017, 01:01:37 pm
Greetings to everyone here, I'm happy to be with you!

My name is Dmitry and I write to you from Moscow city.

It's been a long time since my first visit o this board, and I never had a chance to intoduce myself after asking the one and only question, which was bothering me that long ago - you can easily find it in my posts, but it's not of a quite interest. Since that time I was studying a lot, and recently (about a couple of months) I've started to do regular meditations and read more about mindfullness and meditation.

I'm not a skilfull one in Buddha's teachings, but wish to know more and make new friends here, as it seems to me now that friends in Sangha are one of the most valuable support in the Path. Please, feel free to write me and ask any questions, if you feel for it. Though English is not my native language, I'm trying to keep up good skills in it, and would be honoured to speak with some of you on the topics of buddhism and mindfulness. Thank you, and may you all be happy!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on April 15, 2017, 05:39:16 am
Greetings to everyone here, I'm happy to be with you!  My name is Dmitry and I write to you from Moscow city.

Hi, Dmitry.  Welcome to FreeSangha.  Look forward to reading your posts and responding to your questions about Buddhism.

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kokan on April 28, 2017, 05:46:15 pm
Hello from Pennsylvania.
  I am new to this. I started the practice of Zen Buddhism a few weeks ago. There are no Buddhist communities in my area. I am learning from books and internet information. I am grateful to find this online forum. It will have to meet the sense of community needed until I someday find like minded individuals. There seems to be a wealth of information here and many knowledgeable people to learn from. Thank you !
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Weagean on April 30, 2017, 04:02:29 pm
Hi, my real name is Jim and Weagean on Tapatalk. I am Lama Teddy@ridiculousones on Twitter. I am not  a Lama, but a Teddy Bear. Lol I was very politically active with a harsh attack mode on Twitter for years. I've recently updated my site for Buddhist tweets, It was not very Buddhist of me what I did on Twitter. And I'm starting to have one pointed concentration on Buddhism, so to speak. I also have blog, peacepossible.com  I've. been studying Buddhism with varying levels of effort for over ten years. I recently retired with two goals; Advance more in Buddhism, and to write a book. Well, that's enough about myself, especially since this ego self is an illusion and none of you are who you think you are. Keep me straight. (Tibetan Buddhism)

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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kodo308 on May 17, 2017, 09:18:31 am
Hi, my name is Kodo. I am a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Kobun Chino Otogawa-daiosho. I have been formally practicing (in this life, anyway  :ishift:) for 20 years.

Concurrently with my Zen practice & training, I have studied in the Gelugpa tradition, both NKT & FPMT. At the moment, my Tibetan sangha is having the wonderful opportunity to study the Middle Length Lamrim with Geshe Sherab.

However, it is this that occasions my joining this forum...Tibetan Gelug philosophy has the tendency to make statements about other traditions & philosophical systems & then showing how THEIR philosophy is superior. Now, I understand that this is a traditional debate technique utilized to highlight & elucidate their own position, but sometimes their statements are pretty patently false as regards the actual opposing philosophy or tradition. As Zen has a strong Yogacara bent, I have seen this w/regards to that philosophy.

So, I came here to double check certain statements that are occasionally made in the course of discourse. And because, living in the back of beyond, in rural NM where some have never even heard of Buddhism, I long for more wide-ranging discussion than can be had at my Tibetan sangha or w/friends & neighbors here.

Well, as my dad would say, that was a bit of a long windy.  :D In any case, glad to be here.  :pray:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on May 17, 2017, 09:35:13 am
Hi, Kodo.  Glad you chose to join with us.  Suggest you pay special attention to those posting in Zen and Tibetan forums.  They will no doubt enjoy reading your comments and posts.

Spent some time in NM when touring our national parks and visiting friends in Colorado.  One of my friend's sons was an AirForce Captain stationed at a base in NM, where I billeted over for a night and visited with his family.

_/\_Ron
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kodo308 on May 17, 2017, 11:24:53 am
Hi, Kodo.  Glad you chose to join with us.  Suggest you pay special attention to those posting in Zen and Tibetan forums.  They will no doubt enjoy reading your comments and posts.

Spent some time in NM when touring our national parks and visiting friends in Colorado.  One of my friend's sons was an AirForce Captain stationed at a base in NM, where I billeted over for a night and visited with his family.

_/\_Ron

Thank you, Ron. No telling where you'll find me, & I don't know if I have much to add. I seem to have reached the point in my studies where I'm often tired of talking about it, just want to DO it, y'know?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: zafrogzen on May 17, 2017, 02:26:38 pm
Hey Kodo,

Quote
Hi, my name is Kodo. I am a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Kobun Chino Otogawa-daiosho.

Good to have someone here in Kobun's lineage. I was hanging out in northern NM before kobun set up there and I haven't been back since, so I'm not familiar with your group or even who the teacher is now. I sat with Kobun quite a bit when I lived in the Santa Cruz area in the eighties, but I've kind of lost touch with the sangha at Kikoji. Have you met Vanya Palmer, Kobun's successor from Switzerland? When I saw him a few years ago he was into serious LSD/zen research at Stanford University.

Anyway, welcome and I hope you'll hang around here awhile.

For anyone who might be interested, here's a link to Jikoji. They're sometimes looking for residents there. Beautiful place. Michael Newhall, the abbot, is very low key and a great artist. He's really got that place into good physical shape since he came on.

http://www.jikoji.org/ (http://www.jikoji.org/)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kodo308 on May 17, 2017, 02:39:08 pm
I have met Vanya, but that's it. I really don't know much about him. The Taos center, Hokoji, is currently under the guidance of Ian Forsberg, whom you may know. His transmission was begun by Kobun, but finalized by Vanya as a result of Kobun's death.

Do you know Angie or Jean Leyshon?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: zafrogzen on May 17, 2017, 03:08:14 pm
I sat many sesshins with Angie when she was Director at Jikoji and feel much affection for her. Looks like Vanya is doing a sesshin this fall at Jikoji. I might have to drive down there for that.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Kodo308 on May 17, 2017, 03:38:47 pm
I sat many sesshins with Angie when she was Director at Jikoji and feel much affection for her. Looks like Vanya is doing a sesshin this fall at Jikoji. I might have to drive down there for that.

Angie is my teacher.  :D She is still leading a small sitting group in San Jose called Floating Zendo. You can find both her & the group on FB.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: janna on June 03, 2017, 07:55:46 pm
hi, I am a newcomer as well, have been reading buddhism for 9 months now, some good books. Walpola Rahula - What the buddha taught. Thich Nhat Hanh - The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching and Old Path White Clouds, am now reading B.R. Ambedkar - The Buddha and his Dhamma. i must say, it has been a lonely and difficult road. Without a sangha, and having the family and friends and partner I have, I sometimes find myself looking at them in a different light, and not laughing their words and actions off as I used to. It's almost as though my attempts to practice buddhist teaching have made me feel even lonelier and isolated from this society. I don't know, I might just be going through a period in my life, but does anyone feel somewhat left empty and alone? Not when reading anything on buddhism, for that is calming and very peaceful, but does anyone just start questioning their old understandings and beliefs? Does anyone start to feel a little too much apart from the world? Sigh...maybe I'm trying to deal with too many issues and questions....must sign off and have a peaceful sleep.
- Janna
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Danidct31 on June 05, 2017, 02:05:11 pm
Hello, I'm Daniel from Spain. I've been meditating for quite some time and buddhism has been slowly getting into my life. I've come here to try to change my scientific mind and open up to more spiritual ways of thinking. Thanks!

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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: TheGrizz on June 08, 2017, 04:42:13 pm
Hello everyone, this is my first time being a part of a wider Buddhist community. First I'd like to thank you all for having this forum. I have been reading a lot of posts and it's helped me a lot with some of my internal Buddhist conflicts.

I live in Texas and have been practicing Buddhism since about November of last year. I just finished up my sophomore year of studying mechanical engineering which is why I came to be a devoted Buddhist in the first place. As you can imagine, there is so much stress it can sometimes seem unbearable.

After school caused me to have a breakdown during the fall semester, I began practicing Vipassana and studying Theravada Buddhism. It was life changing for me and I began noticing positive changes in my thoughts and attitude thanks to the silent meditation, as well as my dedication to attempting to "Let go."

After practicing the Theravada form of Buddhism for about two months, I really wanted to actually go to a temple and join a Buddhist community. Unfortunately, there are no temples in the city where I live and the only active Buddhist community near my house is the Sokka Gakkai Nichiren Buddhist sect. Without knowing anything about the SGI, I immediately joined because I needed that Buddhist community for support.

Overall I am happy with the SGI, however it was a major culture shock once I began learning about their teachings and how much they differed from Theravada. I know this is an extremely touchy subject within the Nichiren school of Buddhism and I do not wish to denounce or demean anyone. I would like to get in touch with anyone who is familiar with SGI as either a current or former member because I have many concerns that I wish to discuss. If anyone could point me in the direction of topics having to do with these issues I would appreciate it.

I have also recently become interested in learning more about Zen and have begun reading the book Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. I'm starting to think that Zen ideas mirror my own personality and values the best, and would also appreciate any additional information you can give me about that.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: zafrogzen on June 08, 2017, 05:45:22 pm
Hi Grizz,

Welcome,

Yes Sokka Gakkai is somewhat controversial and out of the mainstream of Buddhist practice.

Here's a few zen links you might find interessting --

http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Teachings_of_Rinzai.pdf (http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Teachings_of_Rinzai.pdf)

http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Dogen_Teachings/GenjoKoan_Nishiyama.htm (http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Dogen_Teachings/GenjoKoan_Nishiyama.htm)

http://www.thezensite.com/ (http://www.thezensite.com/)

For some more straightfoward reading I'd reccomend the books Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama and Zen Mind Beginners Mind by Shunryu Zuzuki

While I'm not a zen teacher you might like some of my writings which come out of my long practice of meditation --

http://www.frogzen.com/meditation-basics/ (http://www.frogzen.com/meditation-basics/)

http://www.frogzen.com/meditations/ (http://www.frogzen.com/meditations/)


Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Pixie on June 08, 2017, 11:09:52 pm



Hi Grizz,

This list of controversial "Buddhist" teachers and groups might be useful for you, - and  Soka Gakkai is on it.

http://viewonbuddhism.org/controversy-controversial-teacher-group-center-questionable.html (http://viewonbuddhism.org/controversy-controversial-teacher-group-center-questionable.html)



With best wishes,


Pixie _/|\_
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Littlesmile on June 16, 2017, 03:29:17 pm
Hello Everyone

I think I had wrote on the wrong part. As you can see I'm new to this forum and not great with computers :-) My name is Tania and I have just recently came into Buddhism.

I was wondering if anyone would like to be a pen pal (letter writing)
Or could point me in the right direction :-)


Thank you
Take care
Tania
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: thaonguyen on June 17, 2017, 01:00:06 pm
hello friends,

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thank you,
Thao
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jonase47 on June 27, 2017, 12:22:42 pm
Hi Im Jonas and i have began practising to be a monk in theravada. I found out a good question about not eating after 12 as a monk. So i found this app. So, i have only been eating once a day, only fruit morning on top morning and evening. But i found my body undee weight. So do anyone have a good answear to this dogmatic rules? I mean everyone has different bodies and hence differwnt needs.

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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ground on June 27, 2017, 12:37:54 pm
Hi Im Jonas and i have began practising to be a monk in theravada. I found out a good question about not eating after 12 as a monk. So i found this app. So, i have only been eating once a day, only fruit morning on top morning and evening. But i found my body undee weight. So do anyone have a good answear to this dogmatic rules? I mean everyone has different bodies and hence differwnt needs.

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Who other than you can know the need of your body?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Pixie on July 01, 2017, 08:27:47 am
Hi Im Jonas and i have began practising to be a monk in theravada. I found out a good question about not eating after 12 as a monk. So i found this app. So, i have only been eating once a day, only fruit morning on top morning and evening. But i found my body undee weight. So do anyone have a good answear to this dogmatic rules? I mean everyone has different bodies and hence differwnt needs.

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Hi Jonas,

If you're planning to be a Theravada monk then your best policy would be to visit or contact a Theravada monastery by e-mail or letter and ask them questions about eating one meal a day, and how best to prepare for ordination.

 If you're only eating fruit every day, you'll make yourself ill. You need to have some protein in your diet as well.

Best wishes,

Pixie _/|\_


Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: sjaakie on July 01, 2017, 10:07:53 am
Hi, I am new here.

I have been meditating using Vipassana (quite lightly) for about 10 years now but really just used it to calm down. My sessions were short and too few.

However, I have now been meditating now for a month quite intensively and it is getting really interesting. My aim is to see life with "my real eyes" - the unclouded ones. I have had a bit of success with this and my decisions are becoming much more "considered", my judgements far less intense and fewer etc etc. Sometimes meditation is really tough.

I have tried guided meditation - and these were very good but they seem to stop where I want to start, which is the application of vipassana in everyday life, so being mindful as much as I can.

Mindfulness is possible for me for short periods but in a busy western business environment it is very challenging indeed- my mind is just working out things most of the time. I am seriously considering, and preparing, to change my job to a much simpler one.

I have joined this forum to share, help and learn.

Thanks

Sjaakie
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Samana Johann on July 01, 2017, 01:11:06 pm

I am seriously considering, and preparing, to change my job to a much simpler one.


Sadhu, Upasaka Sjaakie.

"While in the youth not amassed wealth, not renounced even in the Old age, is a wasted life", the Buddha said.

Having amassed wealth in the youth, renouncing even latest in old age, is a blessing if done, and even only expressed such a thought, worthy an Anumodana!

Right livelihood is prerequisite for gaining right concentration, Path and Fruit, start/continue the path.

Mudita
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: ground on July 02, 2017, 02:26:13 am
... I am seriously considering, and preparing, to change my job to a much simpler one.
No job may be even simpler than the simplest job. 'may' not necessarily 'is'.  :teehee:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: TashiDolma on August 21, 2017, 11:00:02 am
Tashi Delek

My name is Tashi Dolma. I grew up in Darjeeling and very interested to discuss about Buddhist issues and affairs since there are many things the puzzled me.

Looking forward to have an active discussion with all of you

Tashi
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on August 21, 2017, 11:22:26 am
Welcome.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: wsyldor on September 06, 2017, 07:16:10 pm
I think I'm doing this right? If not, I apologize.

My name is William Amado Syldor-Severino, and I'm new to identifying myself as a Buddhist practitioner. I chose to take this step after attending the Buddhism and Race Conference at Harvard Divinity School earlier this year.

My entry to Buddhism comes through practicing Vipassana at Dhamma Dhara in Shelbourne Falls, for the last 3-4 years, through the teachings of S. N. Goenka. My entry is also tied to teachings from texts such as "Radical Dharma", which outlines a Buddhism inclusive of black radicalism, libertion theory, and queerness. I myself am a black man, an M.Ed in Social Justice Education, and I'm queer. Radical Dharma allowed me to find a space in Buddhist practice.

I approach Buddhism as more of a practice and less of a religion, while also validating the numerous and beautiful religious manifestations of Buddhism (and I'm also very ignorant concerning those manifestations). I try to incorporate Buddhism in everything that I do, and in how I live my life, yet I'm always afraid of disgracing Buddhism through my ignorance and feeling like I am an outsider that is appropriating. I don't believe this, and yet I feel this way sometimes.

I come with my questions, not necessarily looking for answers, but moreso guidance. I come looking for a kind of a Sangha, as I don't currently have one, and I know it's a critical aspect of Buddhist practice.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: skwirrelboi on September 27, 2017, 01:03:23 am
Hello, I'll try to go straight to the point, I'm 18 years old and I want to move in to a sangha/monastery/intentional community where I can live in a self sufficient way with my cat. Please help me out with suggestions, I really want to do this asap, my family is wonderful however I am almost certain that city life although so fun is just not for me. Thank you so much !!!


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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: skwirrelboi on September 27, 2017, 01:07:03 am
I am heavily into animals, I'm an unlicensed wildlife rehabber; I was able to rehab a baby squirrel and this changed my life for the better. I've grown extremely sensitive to animals and nature, and this is one of the reasons why I believe I am more than apt to live in a community where I can practice my life and spirituality without the numerous social pressures teenagers and young people have in cities. Thank you so much for your help !!!!


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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Sunnygal on September 30, 2017, 04:11:17 am
Hi all! I'm JJ and new to the site, in the process of learning about Buddhism and always looking to make more friends!


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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Samana Johann on September 30, 2017, 05:06:05 am
I am heavily into animals, I'm an unlicensed wildlife rehabber; I was able to rehab a baby squirrel and this changed my life for the better. I've grown extremely sensitive to animals and nature, and this is one of the reasons why I believe I am more than apt to live in a community where I can practice my life and spirituality without the numerous social pressures teenagers and young people have in cities. Thank you so much for your help !!!!


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Sadhu! For your generous deeds and sharing your merits.

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  "Even if a person throws the rinsings of a bowl or a cup into a village pool or pond, thinking, 'May whatever animals live here feed on this,' that would be a source of merit."
— AN 3.57 ([url]http://zugangzureinsicht.org/html/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.057.than_en.html[/url])
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: skwirrelboi on October 04, 2017, 12:22:42 pm
I am heavily into animals, I'm an unlicensed wildlife rehabber; I was able to rehab a baby squirrel and this changed my life for the better. I've grown extremely sensitive to animals and nature, and this is one of the reasons why I believe I am more than apt to live in a community where I can practice my life and spirituality without the numerous social pressures teenagers and young people have in cities. Thank you so much for your help !!!!


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Sadhu! For your generous deeds and sharing your merits.

Quote
  "Even if a person throws the rinsings of a bowl or a cup into a village pool or pond, thinking, 'May whatever animals live here feed on this,' that would be a source of merit."
— AN 3.57 ([url]http://zugangzureinsicht.org/html/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.057.than_en.html[/url])



Hi Samana, thank you. I had to look up what Sadhu was, thanks ! It's an honor, however I don't think I'd call myself a Sadhu. I want to create things in community, write, come up with ideas, and do what I must to successfully live in a community outside mainstream civilization. I'm still looking for suggestions !! Thanks in advance for any tips or suggestions !!!







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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Babalooie on October 06, 2017, 10:12:12 am
Hello everybody,

My name is Elliot, and I have subscribed to this forum for many reasons. Mainly because throughout the time I have spent studying the Dharma and some history of Buddhism, I couldn't help but feel that there are a lot of concepts that I may be misinterpreting, or that I generally just wish to find some clarity on. There is no one in my life at the moment who shares my interest in Buddhist philosophy, or has a relatively strong knowledge base in regards to Buddhism. So here I am, hoping to exchange some information and pick up on some concepts and aspects of the Buddha's teachings. And get to know some great people in the process! I guess to simplify things- I'm here to grow. Lol

Until a later time. I look forward to chatting with and learning from you all.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on October 06, 2017, 10:27:35 am
Welcome.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Steve658 on October 11, 2017, 08:35:48 am
 I am new to the forum.71 year old white male who has been interested in Buddhist meditation techniques for the last year.I am making slow progress with the anapanasati method and a book by Ajahn Brahm.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Anemephistus on October 12, 2017, 04:26:22 am
Your Avatar, Ming the merciless! I haven't seen that picture in awhile:) Welcome! I am pretty new as well, but I thought I would say hello :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: jimsouth on October 14, 2017, 01:48:05 pm
Hello, jimsouth here. New member, so I expect ( for now ) I'll step lightly. I was born into a Catholic home; but was always given freedom to question life. Never had religion/ideologies hammered into me. In fact, I was encouraged to think for myself - ask questions, & was never browbeat or made to feel small for my opinions. Had an idyllic childhood, with total freedom, and few rules. Still the rules that were set, I followed & respected. THE RULES:  Number 1. Do your very best in school, & make it your mission in life, to continue learning.  Number 2. Never bring grief to our door. So, the way it was; and now the way it is, concerning how I relate to my grandchildren.  Jim
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Genecanuck on October 22, 2017, 11:14:38 am
Hello everyone,
I registered here a while ago and just starting to really look around. I am from Canada and wanting to better understand Buddhism.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and this site better.

Regards

Gene
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: KathyLauren on October 27, 2017, 06:06:03 am
Greetings.

I may know some of you from other Buddhist forums past and present.  I have been a Buddhist for a long time (Okay, nearly 40 years.  Am I really that old?).  I consider myself a non-denominational Mahayana Buddhist.  My practice history has been mostly in the Karma Kagyu tradition.

I live in Nova Scotia, Canada.  My main hobby is astrophotography.

Om mani padme hum
Kathy
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on October 27, 2017, 08:21:21 am
Welcome, Kathy.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SunWukong on December 05, 2017, 09:58:23 am
Hi, My name is SunWukong (big fan of the Monkey King since I was a child) - Real name Garry.  I am from Scotland, but live in England with my wife.  Im 35, no children and work in a GP practice where I am the Triage Administrator. 

I am looking to learn more about Buddhism and meet new people and make some friends.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you :D
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Chaz on December 05, 2017, 12:50:05 pm
Where in Scotland are you?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: SunWukong on December 07, 2017, 04:19:38 am
Im in England now.  I live in Swindon.  I am originally form Ayr
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: cruciada on December 27, 2017, 10:09:13 am
I was going to introduce myself, but now, having read quite a few of the threads, it is only to say goodbye.  I thought this was going to be a site for serious followers and students of Buddhism and the Dharma. But it seems to be just another online space where – most of the time – people can shout their mouths off about things they have not really bothered to look into, air their prejudices and expose their personality problems. Just in case anyone can point me towards any posts of the sort I was hoping to find, I will look in again in a few days.  Otherwise my time will be much better spent meditating. I wish you all the best. Especially the person who used to live in Scotland, where I live.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Chaz on December 27, 2017, 10:55:28 am
I was going to introduce myself, but now, having read quite a few of the threads, it is only to say goodbye.  I thought this was going to be a site for serious followers and students of Buddhism and the Dharma. But it seems to be just another online space where – most of the time – people can shout their mouths off about things they have not really bothered to look into, air their prejudices and expose their personality problems. Just in case anyone can point me towards any posts of the sort I was hoping to find, I will look in again in a few days.  Otherwise my time will be much better spent meditating. I wish you all the best. Especially the person who used to live in Scotland, where I live.

Well sorry to hear that, but it seems  like you brought things into this board with you that you haven't really looked into, either.  That and you made some assumptions that weren't exactly right on and a bit of the pot calling the kettle black.

I've also found it best when leaving a board to not tell everyone you're leaving.  Just leave.

Good luck.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on January 25, 2018, 07:28:18 am
I have changed my user name here from Spiny Norman to Dairy Lama.  I felt like a change, I've been using the Spiny ID since the old e-sangha days when dinosaurs roamed the earth.  :teehee:
Title: Seeking to be Clear Always, Serene Always ... A Light in Murky Darkness
Post by: Serenity.Seeker on January 27, 2018, 08:36:09 pm
 :r4wheel: I am new at FreeSangha, and I'd like to introduce myself.  My name is Khira (KEE-ruh) and I formerly was a brilliant and kind and compassionate and terrific person, well-travelled, with plenty of friends, sufficient jobs to say that I've worked, and plenty of poetry and compositions to show that I had written.  I have since had to move back in with my parents, have lost almost all of my work through data loss and the actual loss of computers and papers.  Strange as it may seem to have lost all of that, but it's true, and I have also lost (it must have been through magic) full fat address books, and have developed memory loss that has become worse since I've gotten older.  Most of my G-mails, other E-mails, and other Online Presences I no longer have access to.  A lot of people would have an easier time proving they were me than I would.  To add to that, my parents are now dead, but the multiples of them that existed might not be, and maybe I was adopted, I don't know.  This all is frustrating.  To add to this, I am now under the auspices of guardians who have stolen from me and are likely to keep doing so in the future, and will not let me move from the place I now live and hate.  I know that the onus (burden) of my emotional health is on me, but I live in a place with five residential floors with 330 or more m.i. individuals, and two other floors, and it does really feel like my vitality, tranquility and clarity are being drained from me, like my essence is being sapped and drained.  It would be a help if I could learn to meditate, but I don't really have a quiet place to do so here.  I have the library, which is still somewhat busy, yet there are less m.i. people there.  Some come from what I'll call The Place, and other parts in our community, where some of them live.  They used to call us residents, and now they call us consumers. dehumanizing us, like we were useless eaters.  Most of them are really ugly, and I say this descriptively instead of disparagingly.  Talking about it is helping, as communication tends to clear up a lot of what's wrong by making affinity and reality stronger.  Hats off to L. Ron Hubbard for his insight into healing modalities, wherever he got them from; this one, called the A-R-C Triangle, really does seem to work

I am not ugly most of the time.  When I have my hat on I'm rather pretty.  My wrinkles don't show.  It's been a real struggle for survival for me.  I'd love to share who I am besides that I'm m.i. (bipolar is what they call what i have and i have some word salad and glossolalia, which might seem to some to be speaking in tongues, but there's a part of the brain that becomes active) and sometimes I can't stop so I might be Schizo-affective, which is bipolar with schiz elements.  I haven't seen my CAT scan, but if there's a big butterfly-shaped hole in the middle that's what that means.  We'll see.

Don't be afraid.  I'm not detached from reality in any big way.  I'm just very nervous, and anxious, and need to be re-assured frequently that I will survive another season, even if I won't have any chance of leaving this place any time soon, so they say.

It seems so hopeless that I won't be leaving soon that it raises my anxiety level further.  It's been a long time since I've meditated for more than 10 minutes at a time.  And the times I do meditate are filled with interruptions.

I look to The Three Jewels for my Refuge.

_____

Om Nama Buddhaya.  Om Nama Dharmaya.  Om Nama Sanghaya.
Title: Reply to Myself -- I meditated 33 minutes last night and then some!!
Post by: Serenity.Seeker on January 28, 2018, 12:09:10 pm
;D  I meditated last night from 22:22 to 22:55 Central Time.  A full 33 minutes!  And then I took notes, and went back to meditating.  This is great!  I need to thank you, Sangha.  I needed someone to talk to.  It's made a world of difference!

The people here bother me much less, both yesterday and today.  I'm lucky.  I haven't run into any hassles.  It doesn't take much to send me back down.  But if I find myself on that course, I'll try to communicate with Community.

 :buddha:  My job now is to be a better Buddhist.  I'm letting go of the rest.  I'll keep my New Year's Resolutions and a month from now, I expect with meditation practice and Sangha, I can see about adding more things.

I'll keep this thread here, but I'll be posting actively elsewhere too.

When I find something new, I do latch on with a bit of enthusiasm -- that's healthy!  Enthusiasm is almost as high as Serenity on the Tone Scale.  (Dianetics.)  And Serenity is the highest level.

Namaste!   :namaste: <3 <3 <3 <3 :namaste:
Title: METTA MIND and Saving my Signature from Early On.
Post by: Serenity.Seeker on January 31, 2018, 06:07:18 pm
I am ready to move on from my old Signature, which might be valuable later if I feel like I need it.  I want to save it here.

First, a bit of Journalling:

It's another good day, but I have had the occasion to say to someone "You creep me out," which wasn't necessarily the best thing to say, but it sort of just poured out of my face.  I'm better now.  I had to move on anyway.  He was sending me vibes that he wanted to use the computer.  There are only three here that work now.  (1-30-2018.)  I am lucky that the weather's nice enough that people aren't all stuck inside.  The next few days are supposed to be more chilly.

I'm glad I gave up my computer to the guy.  I had things to do anyway.  I'm trying to get copies made of The Buddha's Essential Teachings (Dharma) with which he gained his first five disciples, which fit right on a single page of college-ruled paper.  I wrote it in pencil over and over again until it was ingrained into my brain and the handwriting was just right.  I put the notes about BUDDHA  An Enlightened Life on the back side, and I want to pass this around to as many people as I can.  I can only get a limited number of copies, though.  Most counselors or other staff will only make me five or ten copies.  The dining room lady only made me one.  They usually tell me to go to my own social worker.  She's too busy, and says come back tomorrow.  I'll meditate on it and perhaps the energy will be right tomorrow to get lots of copies.  Library's closed tomorrow, so I can't use their printer.

Must Maintain Metta Mind.  MMMM.

Signature:

Grateful to my Sangha here, for the wherewithal to overcome loathing in my life of over 330 m.i. residents of a facility, being called a "consumer" as in a Useless Eater, against my will, being held thus as a Throwaway, being Victimized and kept from Thriving.  I was overwhelmed. Now I have Communication. Affinity. Reality. AND the road to Bodhicitta, And access to the Bodhidharma!! And that's only the beginning. I have the ever-important Metta, and Schmoop, where the commentaries on the philosophers are often more entertaining  than the philosophers themselves: example, Hegel.

That was my Signature for a few days, early on, saved today, 1-30-2018.

Oh, where would you recommend I put journal-type entries like the previous?  (Above the Signature?)  Or is any place fine?
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: steeve.haryanto on February 01, 2018, 09:08:35 am
Hi I m steeve from Indonesia. In daily basis I do meditation, I hope I found community here to share experience and guidance.

Namo buddhaya

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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Anemephistus on February 01, 2018, 01:02:39 pm
Welcome Steeve!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: john1565 on February 26, 2018, 08:46:46 am
Hello everyone!   :) I hope this will be a nice journey here!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on February 26, 2018, 02:42:14 pm
Welcome!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: AmeliaPond on March 05, 2018, 09:18:06 am
Hi y'all!
Me and my husband are just starting out our journey. We are with the military and went to one buddhist meeting here on post (SGI) but I dunno, it was a bit strange. And after researching it, we aren't sure we want to go there again but that does not have to keep us from pursuing buddhism on our own :) I think I am more into Nichiren buddhism since I'm not one to meditate quietly but we'll see.. I guess we need something we can do at homeby ourselves since our choices here in Georgia are somewhat limited lol.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: meez on March 05, 2018, 09:29:31 am
Welcome, Amelia.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on March 05, 2018, 10:45:58 am
Hi, Amelia.

Quote
We are with the military and went to one buddhist meeting here on post (SGI) but I dunno, it was a bit strange.

Well, my suggestion is to continue your investigation with regard to other schools / traditions of Buddhism till you find one that fits your needs / wants.

Finding ones "acceptable" practice is often a life-long exercise, and has also been my experience.  There are many such entities within the Mahayana, you have only discovered one so far.  Then there is The Theravada, and also Secular Buddhism.  Give all of these a try before making up your mind.  I personally began with Zen in Vietnam, also while in the military, then Nicheren in Japan, and Tibetan and Theravada, while back in the U.S. as a civilian. 

So, there are lots of avenues to explore.

Enjoy!

_/\_Ron :hug:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dairy Lama on March 06, 2018, 09:19:10 am
Hi y'all!
Me and my husband are just starting out our journey. We are with the military and went to one buddhist meeting here on post (SGI) but I dunno, it was a bit strange. And after researching it, we aren't sure we want to go there again but that does not have to keep us from pursuing buddhism on our own :) I think I am more into Nichiren buddhism since I'm not one to meditate quietly but we'll see.. I guess we need something we can do at homeby ourselves since our choices here in Georgia are somewhat limited lol.


Welcome! 

If you are looking for Buddhist groups in your area, this site might be worth a look:  http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ (http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/)

There are also lots of resources on the internet of course. 
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: khragthung on March 13, 2018, 11:12:04 am
Hello,
I first started out good in life until around 15 years old.  I then started doing bad deeds and getting bad Karma.  Quickly got into  basically everything you shouldn't do. I then developed anxiety attacks, and had an intense out of body experience where I flew through a tunnel of roaring wind and light, and ended up in a still, peaceful,  illuminated space, with no sound, I had no thoughts, no body.  I was there for about 5 seconds.  Then went back through the wind and light tunnel and snapped into my body with my heart pounding.  This happened about 24 years old.  I then read up on it and found Buddhism and led me to meditation.  I found out about karma, and started doing yoga, fasting, meditating.  I changed my social circle, and had experience of nothing is real or permanent filling me with vibrations head to toe.  I also had realization  that our consciousness is what we have in common and should have compassion for suffering. This again filled me with intense vibrations head to toe.  I started becoming lucid in dreams and meditate and I would see the dream turn into just a swirl of colors.   But  despite these unusual occurrences, I fell back into some bad habits and did not pursue Buddhism .   Now many years later my bad Karma has ripened.  But I remember the past  benefit of meditation. So now I am here to learn and practice fully.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: santosj1989 on March 24, 2018, 04:43:35 pm
Hello, my name is Juan and I from Brazil. I want to say 'Hi!' to everybody.
I'm searching for the mindfulness practice.

 :om:

Thanks.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Ger on March 30, 2018, 04:46:33 pm
Hello, my name is Juan and I from Brazil. I want to say 'Hi!' to everybody.
I'm searching for the mindfulness practice.

 :om:

Thanks.

Welcome Juan,

I'm also a newcomer here. There are lots of resources on the list to draw from, including youtube videos, articles and book recommendations.  The post archives are good too.  I hope you enjoy your stay here and are able to find everything you need for your journey.  Take care and peace to you. :)
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Lone Cypress on August 06, 2018, 04:32:27 pm
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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dhammadragon on December 15, 2018, 07:45:37 pm
Hello, everyone!
I am new to the forum, but long in this samsaric stint.
May you all be blissful and blessed :buddha2:
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Chaz on December 15, 2018, 07:55:57 pm
Thanks and welcome!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Hozan on December 17, 2018, 03:33:13 pm
Hello, everyone!
I am new to the forum, but long in this samsaric stint.
May you all be blissful and blessed :buddha2:
Hi everyone. I am new here too!
May you all be well. Looking forward to learning here.

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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Dhammadragon on December 17, 2018, 05:08:00 pm
Hello, everyone!
I am new to the forum, but long in this samsaric stint.
May you all be blissful and blessed :buddha2:
Hi everyone. I am new here too!
May you all be well. Looking forward to learning here.

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Thank you for the welcome, Chaz.
Hello, Hozan

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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Chaz on December 17, 2018, 05:15:34 pm
Hello, everyone!
I am new to the forum, but long in this samsaric stint.
May you all be blissful and blessed :buddha2:
Hi everyone. I am new here too!
May you all be well. Looking forward to learning here.

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Welcome Hozan!
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Hozan on December 18, 2018, 04:35:02 am
Thank you Chaz and Dhammadragon. Its good to be here.
Hello, everyone!
I am new to the forum, but long in this samsaric stint.
May you all be blissful and blessed :buddha2:
Hi everyone. I am new here too!
May you all be well. Looking forward to learning here.

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Welcome Hozan!

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Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Routa on February 14, 2019, 03:35:04 pm
Hello everyone.
It's nice to meet all of you.
I look forward to engaging in discussion.
Title: Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
Post by: Chaz on February 14, 2019, 07:08:32 pm
Welcome, Routa!
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