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  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    G'day @MarcelNaultJr - welcome!

  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @federica said:
    Bonjour, @MarcelNaultJr et bienvenu. J’espère que vous trouverez beaucoup d'util ici. :)

    Moi aussi, je voudrais a dire bienvenue. :smiley:

  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    I grew up in a small country town in Australia and people were prone to create nicknames for folk based on animals. In my age group I remember:

    ........

    Ferret

    Did he look like this? :awesome: (sorry inside Aussie joke)

    Bunks
  • HozanHozan Veteran

    Hi @Daysleeper629 . Great to meet you. Greetings from Ireland.?

    Daysleeper629
  • KareeKaree Memphis,TN New
    edited May 2017

    Hey, @MarcelNaultJr . I have GAD as well and I have just recently beat depression, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to follow Buddhism. You're not alone. Welcome to NB.
    A big hug for you.

    Bunks
  • sachingopalsachingopal Bangalore, India New
    edited August 2017

    Hello everyone,
    My name is Sachin Gopal and I am a new member. Been practicing Vipassana for some time and it feels great to be a part of this group.

    Bunks
  • Welcome Sachingopal

    <3

  • vinlynvinlyn Colorado...for now Veteran

    Welcome, Sachingopal!

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Namaste Sachingopal.....

  • yagryagr Veteran

    Welcome! <3

  • Welcome

  • KannonKannon NAMU AMIDA BUTSU Ach-To Veteran

    Welcome to the Sangha <3

  • sachingopalsachingopal Bangalore, India New

    Thank you all.

    Shoshin
  • elcra1goelcra1go Edinburgh, Scotland Explorer

    Hello all!!
    My name is Craig. I joined the site about a month ago, but not introduced myself.
    I have been practising Vipassana for just over four months now, and as commented on other threads, I have been reading up mainly on Theravada, but I have also read pieces on Zen, Tibetian and across to Taoism.
    I am enjoying meditation in the mornings and evenings on my own, as I have yet to join a local sangha, as I can be shy/awkward at times- but I am finding my meditation helps counter this. I will join a local group, or at least go along and hangout and see what's what- as I understand how this will help my practice, but right now I am really enjoying my own studies...

    -Fin.

    ShoshinBunks
  • BlueSpruceBlueSpruce Oregon New

    New here. Been practicing a while, but have been trying to figure out lately which school best fits me. I think I've settled on Soto Zen, which is good because there's a group locally (in the sea devoid of Buddhist groups). Anyway I hope to be able to provide some value to others here from time to time.

    Mike

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran
  • ArturoArturo Planet Fitness New

    My name is Arturo. You killed my father, prepare to die.

    jk

    I'm new here and I'm here to learn more about Buddhism and such other eastern religions. Also here to improve my ect ect So nice to meet you.

    Shoshin
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Ah, the timeless classic 'The Princess Bride'. I remember it well.

    Welcome Arturo. Nice to meet you.

  • Inconceivable! and welcome

  • ArturoArturo Planet Fitness New

    Welcome welcome! It's okay to say you're welcome!

  • edited January 2018

    Hi, my name is Dan. I've been practicing mindfulness, insight, Samadhi meditation for only about six months now. I'm a pup to the Buddhist world, but with all the resources I've really immersed myself as best I could.

    I started finding meditation guides with kundalini yoga, but it really didn't float my boat. Eventually I found a free book on google books, a guide for samatha vipassana meditation by Phra Thepyanmongkol! It helped me along and I've been researching and studying other traditions since (Theravada, Mahayana, Zen in particular).

    I live in the Seattle area married with 2 kids, and do not currently have a community to share experiences, questions and doubts with (nor do I have the time, being a parent of two). We are planning on buying a house with some land in the next year so we can move towards our goal of being more self sufficient.

    I have been working my way through my practice with books and most recently, especially the videos from the Seattle Insight Meditation Society on the Satipatthana sutta with Rodney Smith. They have been an excellent resource, he has some amazing insights.

    As I read through the new posts its amazing how similar I felt about Buddhism as others from a beginners perspective. So I hope to add to the discussions, pose some questions and enjoy being a part of a Buddhist community!

    Thanks for having me aboard.

    (Mod note: Posts merged. :) )

    Shoshin
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Welcome @CromeYellow .
    We're a mixed bunch with all sorts of individual idiosyncrasies but our hearts are in the right place.
    Ups and downs, like any family, but a strong sense of togetherness when the brown stuff hits the fan.

    Enjoy.

  • Not new but changed my name from Hozan.

    ShoshinBunks
  • Hi everyone, happy to be here! Twenty years ago I sat down to meditate for the first time and knew my life would never be the same again. I've been meditating for many years experiencing loss of self, truth, love, complete presence and equanimity but with no knowledge about it until much later when I read about it and naively had no idea other people were experiencing the same. To me it just seemed like some magic world that opened up by meditating, which nobody else I knew was doing. It is an enormous comfort and help I feel to realise so many people are on this path one way or another. It feels natural wanting as many as possible at least to get a glimpse of it. Thankful to everyone here and this forum and welcome to all other newcomers

    ShoshinHozanBunksCarameltail
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Welcome @Niels!

    Niels
  • Hi All: I'm Eric, a middle-aged married dad from NJ, USA, new to nb.com. Look forward to meeting y'all.

    ShoshinHozanBunksCarameltail
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    G’day @ericd724 . Welcome

  • I hope G'day is what I think it is. Look forward to it.

    Google say no. Something to do with a regional Oz greeting and not the G-spot, which they only have as a bar in Australia ... :p

    Must behave. :3

    Hi Eric. Welcome indeed ... and to Niels and any others lurking their way to enlightenment ... gosh quite a few newbies. Must be kind to Newbies ... ??‍♀️

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    you iz bad @lobster

    That's just the way we speak down under cobber!!

    lobster
  • AiruiAirui China New

    Hello all, I'm an American living in China. Been an on-and-off meditator for years, used to go to a Theravadan temple in the USA, and I'd like to find a sangha now that I work in China, but my limited ability with Mandarin makes it really tough to make connections. In the USA I used to lead dhamma discussion groups and study sessions.

    I've been off the meditation habit for a long while, and I feel I really need to get back on it. Hoping engaging with a Buddhist community online will help me stick with it.

    Cheers!

    SnakeskinBunkslobsterShoshin
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    @Airui Hello...nice to meet you =) ......I'm always ready to raise a glass...Cheers back at ya! See you around....

  • NeridaNerida Denmark Explorer

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Nerida and I live in a city called Odense. It is the capital of an island in Denmark called Fyn. I was born in Tipperary in Ireland (my father is Irish, my mother Danish) but we moved to Odense when I was still a toddler. I'm a singer by trade.

    I was raised Catholic but am very interested in Buddhism. I started meditating during a bad time in my life and found it helps when I feel life is getting too chaotic.

    I look forward to learning more here.

    elcra1goShoshin
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Hello @Nerida, nice to meet you! Stick around, you'll find an awful lot of humans here! Some of us have been on the Buddhist path for decades. Others have come and gone, and come back again... in the end, we're all beginners.... no matter what! Hope you enjoy being part of the gang!

  • NeridaNerida Denmark Explorer
    edited April 2018

    Thank you very much ?

  • JasonJason God Emperor Arrakis Moderator

    @Nerida said:
    Hello everyone,

    My name is Nerida and I live in a city called Odense. It is the capital of an island in Denmark called Fyn. I was born in Tipperary in Ireland (my father is Irish, my mother Danish) but we moved to Odense when I was still a toddler. I'm a singer by trade.

    I was raised Catholic but am very interested in Buddhism. I started meditating during a bad time in my life and found it helps when I feel life is getting too chaotic.

    I look forward to learning more here.

    Welcome. I very much recommend Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian. You might appreciate it.

    Nerida
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Welcome @Airui and @Nerida - hope you find some wisdom and motivation on here! Best of luck in your practice.

    Nerida
  • TsultrimTsultrim Hawaii Veteran

    Hello Everyone :
    My name is Tsultrim: discipline in Tibetan. I have been a buddhist practitioner for a long time.
    I looked at this forum and was amazed at how well it is run and how friendly it is. I also enjoyed some of the dharmic comments. You are all fortunate to have such a wonderful place to discuss the dharma. Being an old timer, i'm having trouble with the t bbcechnology (im not editing the misspelling, it's too good), but as an old haiku says (paraphrasing): Snail, climb Mount Fuji, slowly, slowly
    At present I dont have much more to say. If I find the forum congenial, I will open up about personal things over time.
    Having been in many other spiritual groups, I have learned to be careful, finding that knowledge is power and can at times be used against you. Look how much you already know about me.? So let's see how it goes for me and for you, hoping that we can have an enjoyable nd insightful time together.. Yours in th Dharma, Tsultrim

    ShoshinBunksperson
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    G'day @Tsultrim - welcome aboard!!

  • TsultrimTsultrim Hawaii Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    G'day @Tsultrim - welcome aboard!!

    Thank you Bunks. The G'day is great!

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Hi, @Tsultrim , just to let you know, we also have a sub-forum called 'Members-Only'. This forum was created by the Senior Bod for all and any members to be able to speak freely about whatever is on - or in! - their minds, unhindered and openly, without fear of intrusion or discovery from any form of technical search engines. What happens in M-O, stays in M-O, if you will. Nobody off forum would ever see it, not even 'lurkers'. It's completely private.

    We have the occasional minor spats here, ups and downs, the odd occasional 'mal-mot'... but they're few and far between (making my job easy!) but if any member posts in Members-Only needing "prayers", support or counselling of any form, I can't think of any members who would refrain from offering their shoulders to lean on.
    We'll all huddle and cuddle, as I have heard said.

    So don't worry about revelations.
    We are none of us in the habit of spreading the love further than is right, unless of course, the OP has a request reflecting that measure, such as seeking ways of fund-raising or seeking reference to an organisation, for example. But discretion is our by-word.

    Bunks
  • TsultrimTsultrim Hawaii Veteran

    Thanks federica for the reassurance.

    Bunks
  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran

    Greetings all! I figured I might as well introduce myself. I am not a new Buddhist, but I am a new visitor of this forum.

    I'm Caoimhghín.

    My username is also Coëmgenu on SuttaCentral, if anyone here happens to also post there. Pleased to meet you all.

    Shoshin
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Hi @Vimalajāti and welcome... perhaps you’d like to tell us a little bit about your background in Buddhism, to give us a bit of context for your posts?

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran

    I did not see that there was already a thread for introductions, sorry!

    I am a fellow dharma learner, although I can't really fairly call myself "new" to it. I got interested in Buddhism during my university days, after fairly superficially exploring it as a teenager.

    I don't really know what to say, to be honest! I figured it would just be polite to introduce myself.

    My dharma practice is with Tendai-shū. I live in Canada. I can't think of much else, sorry!

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Welcome @Vimalajāti ! Are things warming up in Canada?

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran

    Alas, after a bunch of nice beach-worthy weather, it's turned cold for a week or so, the forecast says.

    Spring.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Ah yes, similar over here at this time of year.....we've just had our first blast of winter!

  • TsultrimTsultrim Hawaii Veteran

    Welcome @Vimalajati.

  • LadyEmmaELadyEmmaE Shropshire, England New
    edited May 2018

    Hello everyone! I'm a noobie too, only just joined yesterday. My name is Emma, I'm from England and I would love to learn more about Buddhism and finding peace of mind.

    Shoshin
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