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Post by Emmet » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:32 pm

I'm 59, happily married, a former firefighter/paramedic and social worker, and have been quite fortunate to live within 3 miles of a Zen Center where I practiced for many years, and a Plum Village sangha as well, in a large and very diverse urban area. The Zen Center was very much my home, although with the virtually exclusive focus on zazen, we tended to silently come, sit, and leave. While I developed some deep relationships with some folks, it tended to be a very individualistic thing. I very much liked the TNH sangha with their very strong focus on community and bodhisattvic practice; collectively "flowing as a river", all Buddhism; all the time.
When I was diagnosed terminally ill with a neurologic disorder, we moved to be closer to family. However, when I didn't die on cue, they re-classified me as merely chronic. We now live in the buckle of the Bible Belt in a very homogeneous rural Appalachian village of 311 people; "three hours from anywhere". It's 98% White, 97% American-born, with the highest weekly church attendance in the state (94%); but only Christian churches; there are no temples, mosques, or gurdwaras for miles. When Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston was shot up by a White supremacist, killing nine parishioners, a veritable thicket of Confederate flags sprouted overnight across the county, and fanciful odes to the Confederacy, and overtly racist screeds, are regularly published in our weekly paper. We don't exactly celebrate diversity here, and neighbors routinely carry sidearms into the coffee shop or hardware store. Having come from a very diverse multicultural society, It's a very curious place to practice.
As I said, the nearest brick-and-mortar sanghas are nearly 6 hour 'round trips in any direction, and I don't drive. Even if I did, I'd never really be a member of their communities in the true sense; able to attend only rarely, I'd always be a visitor; a stranger. I continue to sit zazen in the little zendo I've set up, listening to on-line Dharma talks, and practicing chado (Ryurei, with allowances for my tremor), shinrin yoku (heavily influenced by TNH's style of walking meditation) in the Nantahala National Forest, and Yang-style Tai Chi; all solitary. Hermitage isn't all it's cracked up to be; I'm going to practice Ango this fall with Treeleaf; an on-line Zen sangha.

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Post by Virgo » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:01 am

Welcome Emmet. Glad to have you here. :twothumbsup:

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Post by fikrilast » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:46 pm

Hi. Im a 26 years old from malaysia and just started to learn more on spiritualism and buddhism to try to get away from my depression. I was on Dm as i had no buddhist friend here to talk about buddhism or perhaps to study further on this. Living in malaysia and was born muslim, i am surrounded by muslims friend or family who are oblivious to the practice of meditation amd mindfulness. Plus they wont tolerate my decision to learn more about budhhism, while the more secular friends seem to not bother at all about spiritualism. I started to be interested in eastern philosophy while reading schopenhaur whom had been mentioning a lot about the vedict philosophy. Then i came across "what the buddha taught" by walpola rahula and started reading more on buddhism and shivaite practice. I hope this could be the first platform for me to learn more and maybe be in a buddhist comunity. And if theres anyone here from malaysia i would love to be friend in real life. Thank you :)

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Post by Injrabodi » Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:57 am

Welcome Fikrilast. I have a Muslim friend and he typically just replaces the Buddhist paraphernalia with Islamic ones. Meditating while laying or in the prayer position, chanting the names of Allah instead of more typical mantras, always having a Quran close by, etc. This seems to get him by in the local community without too much trouble. From what I understand they merely see it as weird instead of blasphemy.

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Post by Kjetil_Amanaki » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:15 pm

Hello :)

I am a 41 year old Theravada lay-buddhist, I was born and raised in Norway and still living here with my fianceè
Buddhism has been a part of my life for over 20 yers now and in many ways it has helped me thru difficult times and in happiness too.
Luckely for me my family was and still are very supporting of my path in life.

I have experienced loss of family member a few times to much (Both parents passed away) but you know, that has only been a teaching about why we are here as human being. Lif is a challenge but it is a reason why we are here :)

I always try to be open toward everyone and compassion has become a part of me during the path :)

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Post by KathyLauren » Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:55 pm

I never noticed this thread before! :shrug:

I am 64 years old.

I got started in Buddhism while I was serving in the RCAF. I was home on leave one time around 1978 and feeling nostalgic for the 1960s. I saw a book by Alan Watts, "The Way of Zen", and thought that Zen was a thing in the 60s so I should read it. I bought the book and it had a profound effect on me. I made notes of his bibliographic references and ordered those books. Then, using the publisher's information card in a couple of those books, I got myself on the mailing lists of a couple of publishers and ordered many more books on Buddhism.

The town I was stationed in had, to the best of my knowledge, no Buddhist groups, so once I realized that I was Buddhist myself, I took refuge by myself in front of a visualized assembly of Bodhisattvas.

At that point, I was starting to understand that being a soldier (in whatever branch of the service) was not Right Livelihood. I served out the remainder of my committment and then left the Air Force. The remainder of my career, until retirement a few years ago, was in IT.

Moving to a larger city, I was able to find a Tibetan group meeting weekly for basic meditation. I attended that group for several years, followed by another when that group's teacher moved away. In 1985, one of my friends from the meditation group went on a Buddhist pilgraimage to India, organized by a group (about 30 people) out of L.A., and I tagged along. We spent two weeks in Dharamsala receiving teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama, including a private group audience with His Holiness. The pilgrimage also included visits to Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Rajgir, Lumbini and Kushinagar, as well as touristy visits to Varanasi, the Taj Mahal and Katmandu.

I eventually got married and moved out to the one of the Gulf Islands on Canada's west coast. The islands were full of original and neo hippies, and I was not surprised to find another group to practise with out there. More recently, we moved to Nova Scotia. In spite of the presence of the Shambhala organization here, I have not found any meditation groups close enough to practise with, so I do a daily practice on my own.

Om mani padme hum
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Post by Witschnerd1 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:53 pm

Hello I'm James, 41 years old
Father of 6 boys
Been a practicing Christian for many years
Just read a book about Buddhist and think it has a lot of truth in it. I have never known a practicing Buddhist. I would like to learn more and maybe clarify a few things. The book I read says to practice with a teacher or a group. I'm not sure if that is possible for me to do in my current situation. I would welcome anyone who knows more than me to guide me if possible.

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Post by Wayfarer » Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:59 pm

Welcome to DharmaWheel :hi:

DharmaWheel is not really an interfaith forum as it's dedicated to Buddhism, but there are quite a few interfaith books and resources I am aware of that might be of help. There is quite a flourishing exchange of views between Christian and Buddhists particularly in Zen. Just consider that it's not necessarily a 'one or the other' kind of choice.
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Post by Admin_PC » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:37 pm

Dharmapaths.com is our sister forum for interfaith dialog.
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Post by Douglas Westbury » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:08 pm

Wayfarer wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:23 am
(Our blog is here.)
Namaste dear Wayfarer !

I tried the link to your blog ... http://dhammagroup.blogspot.com/ ... but it must be out of date by now ...

Do you have a new link ? I would be interested to follow up on this !!!

Many thanks !!!

Douglas

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Post by Wayfarer » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:00 pm

Douglas Westbury wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:08 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:23 am
(Our blog is here.)
Namaste dear Wayfarer !

I tried the link to your blog ... http://dhammagroup.blogspot.com/ ... but it must be out of date by now ...

Do you have a new link ? I would be interested to follow up on this !!!

Many thanks !!!

Douglas
Hi Douglas - that particular group ceased activities at the end of 2016 and the blog was deleted. Buddhist LIbrary Camperdown still has many other talks and regular presentations, you can find them at buddhistlibrary.org.au.

I am thinking about forming a Mahāyāna study group which would meet at the library, although it probably won’t be this year as I have a lot going on.

If you would like to get in touch privately by all means send me a PM.
Only practice with no gaining idea ~ Suzuki Roshi

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Post by hermitseb » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:34 am

Hello there, I am Seb, from Canada. I'm a lay resident at a monastic retreat center in Canada, and thought I would come and join this forum once again. I used to post here occasionally, a long time ago, but I dont recall what name or email I might have used, and besides, I was probably a child, in terms of understanding anything at all, back then!

I'm a bit of a recluse and a hermit, though not 100% - one has to live in this world.. Especially in chilly winters :lol:

I am not sure what else to write, but hopefully I will be able to learn a lot from you folk here (as opposed to a random non-buddhist forum with misc spirituality where I hung out before this), and maybe even contribute a word or two, here and there!

:namaste:

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Post by Douglas Westbury » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:13 pm

hermitseb wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:34 am
Hello there, I am Seb, from Canada. I'm a lay resident at a monastic retreat center in Canada, and thought I would come and join this forum once again. I used to post here occasionally, a long time ago, but I dont recall what name or email I might have used, and besides, I was probably a child, in terms of understanding anything at all, back then!

I'm a bit of a recluse and a hermit, though not 100% - one has to live in this world.. Especially in chilly winters :lol:

I am not sure what else to write, but hopefully I will be able to learn a lot from you folk here (as opposed to a random non-buddhist forum with misc spirituality where I hung out before this), and maybe even contribute a word or two, here and there!

:namaste:
Namaste Seb !!!

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Post by Silent Bob1 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:14 pm

KathyLauren wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:55 pm
I never noticed this thread before! :shrug:

I am 64 years old.

I eventually got married and moved out to the one of the Gulf Islands on Canada's west coast. The islands were full of original and neo hippies, and I was not surprised to find another group to practise with out there. More recently, we moved to Nova Scotia. In spite of the presence of the Shambhala organization here, I have not found any meditation groups close enough to practise with, so I do a daily practice on my own.

Kathy
Kathy--Without knowing just where on Nova Scotia you are, there is a newly formed retreat center near Baddeck, formed by Kagyu monastics who've left Gampo Abbey. There is also Terry Henderson's Big Hill retreat center, but I don't know if they host regular sittings.
I hope this helps.

Chris

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Post by KathyLauren » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:44 pm

Silent Bob1 wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:14 pm

Kathy--Without knowing just where on Nova Scotia you are, there is a newly formed retreat center near Baddeck, formed by Kagyu monastics who've left Gampo Abbey. There is also Terry Henderson's Big Hill retreat center, but I don't know if they host regular sittings.
I hope this helps.

Chris
Hi, Chris. I replied to your PM. Thank you!

Om mani padme hum
Kathy

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Post by Karmazangmo » Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:19 am

Hello my name is Karma Tutob Zangmo. I have been a buddhist since 1999 when I took my refuge vows with my husband by a very old lama. In 2004 in April I received my bodhisattva vows via Lama Kathy Wesley of the Karma Kagyu lineage. My Root guru is Precious One, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. I have been a student of his since December 2004.
This year the 104rth Ganden Tripa will be giving the Yamantaka initiation in October 2019 in Austria. This is my main deity which I have a karmic connection with.

This is my short bio Thank you all. 📣🙏🙏🙏

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Post by Fortyeightvows » Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:21 am

Karmazangmo wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:19 am
Hello my name is Karma Tutob Zangmo. I have been a buddhist since 1999 when I took my refuge vows with my husband by a very old lama. In 2004 in April I received my bodhisattva vows via Lama Kathy Wesley of the Karma Kagyu lineage. My Root guru is Precious One, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. I have been a student of his since December 2004.
Lama Zopa is really great!
Karmazangmo wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:19 am
This year the 104rth Ganden Tripa will be giving the Yamantaka initiation in October 2019 in Austria. This is my main deity which I have a karmic connection with.
You shouldn't post all of that.

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