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And this is all I have to say after a .... long time sitting on a rolled-up yoga mat trying to figure out what should I tell. (I have a policy not to reveal any personal facts. It's not a matter of trust, it's a matter of deeper conversations. )
As a Buddhist I lean towards Mahayana but since I'm physically isolated from
real lifeBuddhism, I try to keep my practice simple. (So any down-to-Earth teachings are warmly welcome!)
So. I guess this is a 'hi, nice to meet you'. I'm not very good with people, so, my apologies if I'm being too rude.
May you all have a nice cup of tea & a smile on your faces.
Yours in the Dharma.
thanks for accepting my request to be a member here. im sure i would learn a lot from you guys.
I'm 21, a photographer/retoucher and aspiring tattooer. I've been an actively practicing Buddhist for about 6 months. I was born in Kazakhstan, grew up in NYC, and currently live in the People's Republic of China. I am dealing with mental and physical illness, and will be for most of my life. However, buddhist practice has helped me with that (and so much more). I really appreciate NB and all who post(and lurk!) here. Not having a physical sangha at the moment means I often turn to NB for my fill.
Thank you all for being you!
I'm an RN in oncology (cancer nursing) and never wanted to be a boddhisatva, still do not, but was tricked into going to nursing school (I would never have gone any other way) and ended up working in psychiatric settings for 17 years and the remaining time in oncology. The narrative goes on and on. I'm agnostic about rebirth, but I'm waaaayyyy too 'comfortable' taking care of sick and suffering people. Much of my current life makes too much sense, in other words.
I have adult children in their late twenties and early thirties, and an almost five year old grandson, Orion. Orion has autism, the kind where he reads and writes but barely speaks. He is also physically beautiful, for what it's worth. I am grateful that Orion is not plagued with the sensory torments, and seems a very happy, delighted little boy. I wonder often about his relationship with life, free from jabbering and form-making, self-comparison, and a bunch of other stuff.
I used to want to be 'something', be 'somebody' when I was younger. I wanted to 'be' a Buddhist, for instance, and 'be' a therapist, 'be' an artist. Due to various life experiences, I learned the hard way that 'being' anything is a dead end. I've felt myself 'fading' for years now, and felt no reluctance allowing it all to go. It seems right to not get so defensive and angry and big headed; working in a hospital is a great place to get stepped on, humiliated, shunned, celebrated and worshiped. It's also a great environment to see oneself in all one's hideous glory, stretched from one extreme to another. I suppose that's true anywhere one finds themselves in this life.
I've joined other online sanghas, and frankly am searching for 'fit', so those of you who are also in other places may see me as Hamsaka or just plain Kim.
Thanks for reading
Little Goose (after my BFF Lilly, see avatar)
If you find me personally annoying - just be honest and tell me. I'll try and irritate you even more ;-)
I will share my summated wisdom now to save time later:
I have found that if you sit down with your lunch and watch a couple of things on TV, before you know it, it will be teatime.
Oh, and you should never feel guilty about eating cake . that's also true.
I joined the forum because I enjoy reading what everyone has to say but I could never ask my own questions when they came up. Other forums I lurked on seemed less accepting of conflicting ideas and used a lot of terminology I wasn't familiar with. This is the first time I ever posted anything on a forum (other than Facebook) and I look forward to learning from all of you.
Well, me? Born and grew up in Glasgow, live in York now. Introduced to Buddhism by my Religious Studies teacher in secondary school (he's a buddhist) and also to meditation in the same class. Dabbled and read and meditiated all the way till now. I enjoy reading the discussions on here and continue to do so really.
I'm a bus driver and enjoy offering buddhist moral solutions to the many grumpy and disillusioned folks that get on my bus. Really, all you psychotherapists and sociologists out there? Become bus drivers :eek2:
I'm off for another look through the discussions now... :om:
It's great to be here!
If my son was born on Monday his name would have been
Cudjo/Cujo/another spelling form....I rememeber hoping for any other
day ....hahaha......Looking back on it....I sure thought of it alot......
No worries....he's a Friday...:)
My name is Christopher. I'm from Georgia and have been practicing for two years. I'm a Psychology student and have one more year before I (hopefully) go to Grad school. I want to either be a Chaplain or do social work via non-profit organizations.
I can never really seem to find a school that really clicks with me, so I feel that I'm in a state of perpetual seeking. I like Shingon, but there are very little resources outside of Japan. I also like Pure Land and Theravada, but those are the only temples in my area and I feel as if trying multiple schools would be beneficial; to get a feel of what feels right for me.
I also like many elements of Hinduism and incorporate them into my practice (much to the chagrin of a few). This includes a few of the deities as protectors and the practice of Bhakti/devotion. Adding to my list of wrong views and practices ( ) are Pantheism and Universalism.
Anyway, since that is now out of the way, back to the forums!
I learned about Buddhism decades ago in a college course that I only took to fulfill an elective requirement. Shows the wisdom of the requirement! I've been intrigued ever since, and have approached several times over the decades. Different perspectives over the years, but I seem to be settling in on this course. I also attend a Christian church occasionally, mostly because I like the people and occasionally play in the band. And truthfully, I think there is something to learn in all faiths; Christianity is, to me, not so much a message as it is a language in which to convey the message, which itself has much universality.
Unlike Christian churches, there isn't a Buddhist facility on every other corner (or Hindu, or any non-Christian faith) so it's all been books and now the internet. Now that the internet has been invented I can waste time vastly more efficiently than ever before! About an hour's drive from here though is a stunningly beautiful Buddhist center with a breathtaking stupa. Walking the grounds imparts a feeling of grandeur and serenity I have never before associated with a physical place. They hold classes and retreats there, but not in my budget.
Aware/involved or not, I think everyone in society benefits from Buddhism and other Eastern religions, because the ideas infuse and improve us. Culturally, we need the Dalai Lama. We also need Rush Limbaugh, Robert Mapplethorpe, Glen Beck, Al Sharpton, etc. I don't know if we need newbuddhist.com, but I'm certainly glad it's here.
I'm a female, married, with grown children. I'm interesting in Buddhism after college courses that taught me of such thoughts. That was many years ago, but I'm hear again today, to learn more. I was really searching for an open group, one where I could ask questions, even if I was in the wrong thread. Sorry to have bothered anyone. Peace to all.
Have a good one......
My name is Matt - I'm new to this website. I am an Italian teacher by trade - been more or less a "bookstore Buddhist" on and off for about 8 years and just started participating in a Shin Sangha. I enjoy hiking, traveling, learning new languages and martial arts. Look forward to participating in the discussions here.
So, what is it that I am looking for, that still isn't 100% clear to me but I am interested in what Buddhism appears to offer.
I have been through a bad period in my life from a point where I felt I had everything but I look back and think to myself, "what did I really have" my conclusion was that I only had what was expected a person to have, a job, a house/mortgage, wife, children and 2 cars. 5 years on and I need something else.
I have stopped drinking and just taken the decision to stop eating meat, yes, there are health reasons and other morale issues in my choices but they seem to fit within Buddhism, as does my interest in meditation and the hope that it can help me heal inside and also make me a better person.
I am at the beginning of my path, curious and inquisitive and keen to find my direction whichever that may be. I feel the fact that I am willing to look at myself and ask questions of myself is a start.
I guess I have a lot of reading to do and questions to ask and hopefully with some help and guidance I will get to where I need to be.
Any help,advice or insight will be more than welcome, also any recommendations on books that I may find useful for night time reading would be very appreciated.
I hope that I have the opportunity to discuss many things with you all over time.
Hi all, I'm Mike in the UK. I've been reading into Buddhism for a couple of years and really feel like it's made a positive difference in my life.
I've also been to a buddhist temple a couple of times for some "proper" learning and really enjoyed that but sometimes feel like it's a time constraint that I can't cope with.
I also learn and teach Wing Chun kung fu and enjoy trying to apply Buddhist teachings to what I'm learning there.
Ive been enjoying reading articles here for a week or two and I'm looking forward to learning a lot more from the community and hopefully being able to give something back also.
Hi there, I am a new member and thought I would introduce myself. My name is Aspiring_Buddhist (AB if you like) and I am a recent convert to Buddhism. I'm here to get advice and be amongst my new spiritual community. I find myself attracted to Theravada and Tibetan Paths. I am seeking serenity and peace for myself. I live with Bipolar disorder and depression; I've been closer to the First Noble Truth longer than I like - I want to change that.
Previously I was an atheist; I've had no religion before. Starting my Buddhist journey has been interesting and intellectually stimulating. I'm very happy to be a Buddhist.
See you on the forum!
Welcome from a fellow traveler!
Hi ..... :wave:
@AB -- Welcome. Hope you find something useful here.
Welcome to . . . wherever it is we are . . .
Hello and welcome.
Hello and Welcome!
Thank you for the warm welcome folks! Happy to be here.
Welcome AB - hope you have a good sense of humour, it's needed in buddhism, particularly when you have something like bipolar disorder.
Interesting that you are attracted to Theravada and Tibetan buddhism...
However, there's no wrong form of buddhism, is there team NB?
Hi, I am Mr_MeSsD_uP, I Live in the UK. I am both Buddhist and Animist for which I have had no issues with and have always found common ground so much to the extent they compliment each other. Ive been a Buddhist for around 8 years and a Animist for even longer.
I follow the Chinese tradition of Mahayana Buddhism, I have in the past 8 months been studying the Avatamsaka Sutra and the Hua Yen School what has enriched and deepened my practice. My daily meditation consists of mostly Silent Illumination meditation and insight (Vipassana) meditation. But I also practice name recitation on the Boddhisatva Kuan Yin as a tool to cultivate compassion; I chant ''Namo Kuan Yin Pusa'' while concentrating in compassion then send merit out to the 10 directions. This is something ive adapted myself but i find very powerful.
Anyway thats a little bit on me. There is a lot of knowledge and information on this forum and im hoping to learn and exchange ideas and take some of that into my own life.
Please to meet you all. :-)
If I haven't spoken to you yet.. ..see ya around....
FYI these lyrics are not in any recognised language - but convey something uplifting
It's just a chant really. A—ya-do-wa-ye-e-