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Meditation / Re: Thoughts about a practice group
« on: September 16, 2020, 05:05:02 PM »
Just a quick note to share my thoughts.  I do not see an issue with starting a practice group, as long as you do not set yourself up as a teacher.  An example would be a student homework group where people just practice together and help each other.  The ones with more experience help those with less experience.  There may be others in your area needing such an opportunity, so you would be performing a service.   You already do this with helping maintain FreeSangha.

Lineage-related matters can be sorted out later.  If you have a strong drive to practice (and you certainly do), why not go for it?

Another option would be to see if the groups in your old area offer online meditation sessions, the times being what they are.

I'll be back in a couple of weeks and maybe then we can talk more.

Bother / Re: Introductions
« on: September 02, 2020, 05:15:38 PM »
Hello, this is Gibbon, born behind the Iron Curtain and now living in the States.  I have been practicing in the Gelugpa tradition (the Ganden lineage transmitted through the great Pabongka Rinpoche) since the mid-90's. 

My first encounter with the Dharma was through meeting a Kagyu lama, Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, in Chicago in 1992.  As soon as I entered the center, the thought arose in my mind: "Tibetan Buddhism is where I belong!"

Freesangha has been a mainstay for me for many years and I am very happy that the forum is back.  Thank you Wonky Badger and Chaz for making it happen.  Looking forward to many more years participating in this great forum.

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