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Thanks bunks. Nice to meet you.
Thanks for the welcome. I'm not here to try and explain anything to anyone, but Vajrayana is not a Hindu cult. It actually is 100% Buddhism. You just have to actually research it to find out.
Don't worry about @lobster. You'll get used to him
In the preparatory practices before meditation in Tibetan Buddhism we're encouraged to visualise the Buddha and the Merit field in front of us and then imagine rays of light coming from the Buddha into us.
The idea is that we're inviting the actual omniscient Buddha into the room with us.
This may be something you could explore as it's helped me feel a closer connection to him in my life.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche actually says we should visualise the Buddha at our heart all day every day so we can continue to make offerings to him throughout the day and night. It's very beautiful!
At work we have this kind of trips few times in the year, where you have to drink beer or wine.
Just so you can be social accepted. So its kind of peer pressure from my colleges,
then I will take one drink or two. Normaly, I never drink.
But I can even feel how tierd my body feels after just few drinks next morning, its poison.
Hopefully as you get older and more comfortable in your skin @Namada (I am assuming you're quite young), you'll be comfortable enough to say "I don't drink thanks" and stick to the soft stuff with your colleagues.
Saying no is perfectly ok.
From my (limited) experience, attempting to undertake a retreat at home is difficult when the TV / interweb is only a click away.
I nred to be away from that in a group environment at my current level of practice.
Good luck to those who can beat the temptation!