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Hello to all of you wonderful souls,
I am Sandy from Belgium, and I became interested in the Buddha's Teachings some time ago. I have been practicing meditation and the Nam Myoho Renge Kyo -chanting, which gives tremendous peace and happiness. As you all know; there is so much to learn about Buddhism one can't possibly learn in 1 lifetime. So, I am “exploring” different schools of Buddhism. Today I visited the Tibetan Institute in Antwerp. It was a beautiful and inspirational guided tour in the Temple. During the speech however, it was mentioned that they didn't encourage anybody to become a Buddhist, even more so, they suggested the people to stay within their own religion. This is also what Richard Gere said during an interview. But this is not how I see it though. First of all; I never felt at home in the religion I was born into (Christianity) nor in the church. Yet I always felt in need of a spiritual way of life but never really found it. Until a few months ago, when I started chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, and my life literally started to change for the better. Buddha's Teachings attracted me and when I read about them, I feel a connection of understanding, of coming home. So much; I want to share my joy and happiness with others. I guess, when we find our way home, it is just matter of time before we reach the door. I have also contacted the SGI in Belgium, and they seem more open for everybody to practice Buddhism with them, because I was immediately invited to join their upcoming monthly meeting (which is in 2 weeks). Now, I don't know which school to turn to for studying Buddhism. I am devoted and feel this is the path to follow, but since there are so many directions it is a bit overwhelming. So, my question to you kind and patient people is; if you want to be part of the Sangha, and find a good teacher to learn from, then what should one keep in mind? And are there people among you who are also trying to find the “right” school? Any experiences to share? Does anybody have something to share about the Tibetan Buddhism or the Nichiren Buddhism, SGI? Blessings and Happiness to you all, Sandy