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Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
« Reply #795 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.

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Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
« Reply #796 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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« Reply #797 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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« Reply #798 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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Re: Hi - Introduce yourself here at the Introduction Common Thread for newcomers
« Reply #799 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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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



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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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.

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Offline Steve658

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 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.

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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 :)

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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
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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
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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.

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