Thread: Kia ora from Aotearoa

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    Forums Member Alyson's Avatar
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    Jun 2021
    Whakatū Nelson / Aotearoa New Zealand

    Kia ora from Aotearoa

    Kia ora
    I live in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    I have been a Buddhist practitioner of one type of another for many years - I could be described as a fickle Buddhist – I studied comparative religion at university many years ago (the 1970s), I have been a member of small meditation groups, been part of a Zen group and attended a Zen retreat, done a basic correspondence course with The Buddhist Society, London, associated with a Theravada Monastery - taking part in both in person and remote services, done part of the Shikoku Henro pilgrimage, recently took part in an online course on Aging as a Spiritual Practice with Lewis Richmond, and have gone periods without practicing at all.

    One thing I haven’t taken a break from once I started, is my study of the Shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute; I am now at Jun Shihan level and play Shakuhachi as a form of practice.

    Up to the end of 2019 I was a librarian, but had to retire at the end of that year for health reasons. My condition means I have to spend a lot of time at home.

    I am working on an MA on Kantian ethics, and I hope to start working towards a PhD next year.

    I continue to review books, as I did as a librarian, and have a blog of New Zealand fiction. I do some writing to help raise money for a chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda where I volunteered a few years ago.

    My practice at the moment is daily Shakuhachi and meditation sessions. I look forward to contributing to some of the discussions on this discussion group.

    Ngā mihi nui


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    Technical Administrator woodscooter's Avatar
    London UK
    Hello Alyson,

    Thank you for your interesting introduction. I look forward to hearing from you in some of the discussions here.

    Welcome to the group!


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    Welcome, Alyson - and thanks very much for introducing yourself.

    Looking forward to reading your posts in the website discussions.

    With metta,


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    Forums Member Esho's Avatar
    Under the Bodhi Tree
    Welcome Alyson!

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    Victoria, Virginia
    Hello and welcome Alyson!

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    Forums Member KathyLauren's Avatar
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    Nova Scotia
    Kia Ora, Alyson.

    (I watch Brokenwood, so I know that expression. )

    Make yourself at home!

    Om mani padme hum

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