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Offline yottavāda

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Refugee from DhammaWheel
« on: August 06, 2016, 09:44:58 am »
Añjali, FreeSangha,

I'm a 26-year-old Theravādist from the USA, still very new to dedicated Buddhism. I used to struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction; thanks to the Dhamma, I'm 340 days sober as I write this, with no end in sight! It was actually through Alcoholics Anonymous that I came to Theravāda, where, I think, many people end up faithful Christians or deists. It's the focus of the school on a central canon of discourses that appeals to me most, but I feel too that the "Lesser Vehicle" carries the Dhamma to me in a way that's very accessible to me.

I say I'm a refugee from DhammaWheel, a Theravāda forum, because I've not had positive experiences there. I hope I'm entering into a community, now, that is free from bigotry and vitriol.
Yours,
Yotta.

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Re: Refugee from DhammaWheel
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2016, 03:30:28 am »
Hi Yottavāda. I lived with an alcoholic for many years, so well done for being dry for so long. Hope this forum helps you develop your Buddhist ideas.
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Re: Refugee from DhammaWheel
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2016, 09:41:01 am »
Añjali, FreeSangha,

I'm a 26-year-old Theravādist from the USA, still very new to dedicated Buddhism. I used to struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction; thanks to the Dhamma, I'm 340 days sober as I write this, with no end in sight! It was actually through Alcoholics Anonymous that I came to Theravāda, where, I think, many people end up faithful Christians or deists. It's the focus of the school on a central canon of discourses that appeals to me most, but I feel too that the "Lesser Vehicle" carries the Dhamma to me in a way that's very accessible to me.

I say I'm a refugee from DhammaWheel, a Theravāda forum, because I've not had positive experiences there. I hope I'm entering into a community, now, that is free from bigotry and vitriol.

Dear Yotti,

Congratulations on your new life and all best wishes to you! I am a little confused by your post and I'm sure it is my misunderstanding. You write that you came to Theravada through AA and that the Dhamma came to you in a very accessible way. Now, I don't understand what you mean by saying that you are a refugee from DhammaWheel, a Theravada form. Do you mean that you are free of the "Wheel" aspect of the Dhamma? How do you mean that you are free of the Theravada form? Is it the form you are free from, but not Theravada Buddhism itself, which you write of in positive terms?

 


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