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    Meeting in the physical world with a Buddhist practitioner

    Inspired by Kyonin and Treeleaf, I met with a small group of friends / colleagues and Girish Deshpande, a practitioner of Vajrayana-Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism to discuss meditation basics here in Pune (India).

    I found Girish through his articles in Speaking Tree, a weekly supplement featured in a local newspaper. I looked him up, found out that he lives in the same city as I did and sent him an invite.

    Girish walked us through the 4 noble truths, a short introduction to buddhist thought, basic posture, and approach to thoughts in shamatha meditation. The group meditated together for about ten minutes to practice what we'd learned and dedicated the meetup to the benefit of all sentient beings.

    Those who attended (in the picture below) enjoyed Girish's talk and are from a city-wide community of entrepreneurs.



    Gassho,
    Santosh.
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    This is wonderful Santosh, good job.

    Gasho
    Shingen



    If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
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    Senior Member Jakudo's Avatar
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    Nice you could look up and meet with Girish Deshpande, excellent!
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    Hi.

    Santosh, Thank you for your practice.


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    Great

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    Excellent

    Gassho

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    Treeleaf Engineer Seimyo's Avatar
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    Great effort Santosh!
    Are there any plans to do another group meet?

    Gassho.
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    Treeleaf Unsui/Engineer Kyonin's Avatar
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    Thank you for sharing this, Santosh.

    Gassho,

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    Thank you for making this happen, Santosh,
    Gassho
    Myoku

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    Santosh,
    How wonderful! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei

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    Very Cool Santosh! Thank you for your practice!

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    Thank you to all for the encouraging replies!

    Quote Originally Posted by Seimyo View Post
    Are there any plans to do another group meet?
    Yes! A few attendees are keen on meeting again and counseling with Girish Deshpande 1:1. I've looped all of them in together and they're working out when they can meet next.

    I'll be continuing to explore and work on my daily practice.

    Gassho,
    Santosh.

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