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  • agata
    Member
    • Jun 2007
    • 76

    Another newbie, this time from Danmark.

    Hello,

    I am quite new here and quite new to zen. I have started meditating one year ago, but have been interested in Buddhism in a very long time.
    I just didn’t know which path to choose, but it finally came quite naturally. I have been to a Diamond Way Center in Poland, but found the group very confusing and actually a bit controversial. I couldn’t agree with some of their opinions. I was actually shocked.

    I decided to read a little bit more about Buddhism and found a great book “The Compass of Zen” by Seung Sahn which gave me a great introduction to Buddhism in general and had deepened my interest in Zen. I understood that this is my way. I began to look for a Sangha in my area (I live in Denmark now) but the closest one is in Århus (60 km from where I live), and this is still a very informal group with no adherence to any particular school. I decided to look for some help on the Internet and finally found Treeleaf, which I think is so wonderful and exactly what I was looking for.

    I have been introduced to meditation before, as I am Iyengara Yoga student as well and know how to sit in lotus

    I am also a big admire of Thich Nhat Hanh teaching. I find his methods and language very simple and clear.

    So, this would be it. A short introduction.
    I am sure I am going to ask you Jundo, and you guys million of questions soon.
    I hope my english is good enough.

    A bit of personal info: I am 29, educated as a graphic designer and a photographer, working in a printing house and doing freelance work as a photographer. I am sure there will be an opportunity to talk about this later. If anyone is interested.

    Until now, gassho to you all.
    Agata
  • will
    Member
    • Jun 2007
    • 2331

    #2
    Welcome Agata

    Gassho Will
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    To save all sentient beings, though beings are numberless.
    To penetrate reality, though reality is boundless.
    To transform all delusion, though delusions are immeasurable.
    To attain the enlightened way, a way non-attainable.
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    • Tony-KY
      Member
      • Nov 2007
      • 63

      #3
      Welcome

      Gassho,

      Tony

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      • Jundo
        Treeleaf Founder and Priest
        • Apr 2006
        • 39074

        #4
        Re: Another newbie, this time from Danmark.

        Originally posted by agata
        I have been to a Diamond Way Center in Poland, but found the group very confusing and actually a bit controversial. I couldn’t agree with some of their opinions. I was actually shocked.
        Hello Agata, and welcome again.

        I do not know the Zen group you mention in Poland, but I am curious about what "shocked" you in their opinions. Can you explain a little?

        Gassho, Jundo
        ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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        • Shohei
          Member
          • Oct 2007
          • 2854

          #5
          Welcome agata
          Your english is better than mine and english is all i speak Graphic guy here working for a University in house print shop I find work a good spot for zen... crazy deadlines (usually like 6 different jobs), Frantic clients, panicing co-workers and the boss/bosses after you. I found if im calm cool and collected it trickles through the others! To quote Red Green - Im pulling for you, Were all in this together

          Gassho
          Dirk

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          • Bansho
            Member
            • Apr 2007
            • 532

            #6
            Hi Agata,

            Welcome -- and thanks for sharing that intro with us.

            Gassho
            Ken
            ??

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            • Kelly M.
              Member
              • Sep 2007
              • 225

              #7
              Welcome Agata,

              If you can sit lotus I think you already have a step up on much of us.

              Cheers,
              KElly
              Live in joy and love, even among those who hate
              Live in joy and health, even among the afflicted
              Live in joy and peace, even among the troubled
              Look within and be still; free from fear and grasping
              Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

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              • Mika
                Member
                • Nov 2007
                • 64

                #8
                Hi and welcome! Nice to see more people from this part of the world here.
                [i:za7h9q7z]Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.[/i:za7h9q7z]

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                • agata
                  Member
                  • Jun 2007
                  • 76

                  #9
                  Thank you all for a warm welcome! I have already found a lot of support and understanding and I really hope to learn from you all. I am going to write a reply to another topic that I have started on this forum. Your replies helped me a lot!

                  Gassho,
                  Agata

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                  • Dainin
                    Member
                    • Sep 2007
                    • 352

                    #10
                    Welcome Agata!

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                    • agata
                      Member
                      • Jun 2007
                      • 76

                      #11
                      Hello hello!

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                      • John
                        Member
                        • Sep 2007
                        • 272

                        #12
                        Welcome to Treeleaf, Agata,

                        Gassho
                        John

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                        • agata
                          Member
                          • Jun 2007
                          • 76

                          #13
                          Originally posted by John
                          Welcome to Treeleaf, Agata,

                          Gassho
                          John
                          Thank you John!

                          Both Ireland and Northern Ireland are my favorite countries

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                          • Rev R
                            Member
                            • Jul 2007
                            • 457

                            #14
                            Welcome

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                            • em
                              Member
                              • Jan 2008
                              • 52

                              #15
                              Welcome.

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