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My name is Kayla. I'm from New Orleans, Louisiana. I'm really new to Buddhism, I have no idea where to begin, but I'm excited to learn. I want to start practicing for a lot of different reasons. I want to view life from a different perspective, I want to become happier for myself and for people around me, there is a lot of stress in my life right now, so I feel I need enlightenment to deal with certain situations rationally and in a positive manner, the list goes on. I'm hoping to completely turn my life around. Any advice on where to begin?
One story in Buddhism is Sano's lute. Not too loose and not too tight. Just the right balance. Honesty but with kindness.
Small steps. Gently and with great joy.
I have long been deeply interested in that which is spiritual and mystical. I have a strong liking for wicca as it's reverence for nature strikes something powerful within me.
I have been a member for a day or two and very much like what I see. I am very happy to be here with you all.
Although I have been practicing Soto for a number of years, it was only yesterday that I took the precepts with my teacher, RM Meiten McGuire, here at the Vancouver Island Zen Sangha. It was a moving (and not a little nerve-wracking) ceremony.
Thank you for having me here.
I signed up a while back but this is my first post!.I'm hoping to learn more and to share my experiences with fellow Buddhists. I've been a practicing buddhist for about a year but have been interested in Buddhisim and eastern philosophy for several years previous. I am not affiliated with any particular traditions but have ties to the Triratna community because i have always had a good experience with them in the past. Hope to make some of yours aquintence. Namaste x
Craig here from the North East of England (Durham area). I've just joined the forum after a week of lurking. I've been a student of various spiritual paths, having began exploring spirituality in my teens, but without ever really committing to any particular path.
The teachings of The Buddha have always appealed to me, and due to a 'spiritual crisis' following some mental health problems that have worsened recently, I had began exploring what Buddhism has to offer at a more in-depth level. So much of what I've read resonates with my own long-held beliefs and I now feel ready to truly commit to a path having been moved by the beauty and profoundness of these teachings.
Having been looking into the myriad of schools and traditions within Buddhism, as well as establishing what is being taught local to me, I have found myself particularly drawn to Soto Zen. I intend to begin spending some time at Throssel Hole Abbey in Northumberland so that I may receive instruction around improving, or altogether altering, my meditation practice, as well as opening up to the teachings offered.
As far as work is concerned, I currently work 4 days per week as a stop smoking advisor but have also just qualified as a counsellor, and am attending university one day a week to add to my qualification in this area. I intend to get a full-time job as a counsellor within the next year, and am specifically interested in mindfulness-based treatments and models.
I'm not sure how much detail people want with these introductions, but I'm 26, single, and live alone (as far as humans are concerned - I share my house with my wonderful cat and a couple of snakes). Hobbies, aside from spiritual reading, include exercise (calisthenics and mountain climbing), cinema, wildlife watching, and reading (fantasy fiction mainly - I'm a big Lord of the Rings fan).
I'll end this here before it becomes a dissertation! I'd just like to say how pleased I am to have found this wonderful community and how much I look forward to learning and connecting with others.
Peace and Blessings,
A large number of the early Throssel Hole crew stayed at my log house when visa issues arose for them on a journey to Rev Jiyu Kennent. When they cleaned up to leave, some of the novices among them mistook my English silverware for what they had brought and took it all with them.
It was a challenge to convince my girlfriend at the time when we returned that we hadn't just been "Taken by a bunch Buddhist Robes?".
Of course they immediately shipped my stuff back when they discovered the mix up.
You're in good hands there.
Thank you - good to know :-)
Singapore: some of you may recall that both countries were once
I first got interested in Buddhist ideas when I spotted - at twelve years
of age - books in the high school library by popularizers of Buddhism
in the west, Alan Watts and Christmas Humphreys.
They wrote in a simple yet engaging style about such practices as
meditation and life in Chinese and Japanese monasteries, and stories
about monks and their zany koans got me intrigued about such a
spartan way of life. But it took all of another twelve years before I
managed to understand what was at stake: more perhaps later.
I would really like to find some resources to get me started in my journey. I haven't read any specifically Buddhist texts, but I've read Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse that I really enjoyed. I would also like to start practicing meditation daily, but I am unsure of how to approach it and would like to do some reading on this as well. Anyway, I hope to get more involved with the community soon and hearing more of your stories and experiences. Thanks for reading and best wishes,
@SunOrganz Welcome! This place has some amazing minds that you can learn a lot from. It can seem intimidating at first but if this path really is for you, you'll be rolling along in no time.
Oh, well, "better late than never!"
John, 59+, from Punta Gorda, FL right now.
Thank you for the welcome, will stick around.
Oh yes, hobbies and interests: reading, music, knitting, computer, etc.
I am so glad I found this group! :-)
I am unlikely to be an active member long. I am at the moment able to post as I recover from surgery. But once recovered will not have the time.
But it is good to be passing through, and look forward to the discussions.
After reading many books about Buddhism and interacting with fellow Buddhists at my university, I realized that there might be many others out there just like me, who had stumbled across Buddhism, realized it was for them, and were wondering what to do next. So I started a blog, called ByChanceBuddhism, and have been working on it since then.
The main purpose of my blog is to help those who are new to Buddhism, and also to reach out to long-time Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike (and also try to discuss some interesting spiritual/social/ethical stuff along the way). In this mission, I feel that my blog is a kindred spirit to this forum, and so I am very excited to have come across it- and look forward to communicating with all kinds of people here!
And just to tell you all a little about myself, I am a recent graduate with a degree in Plant Biology, and live on the east coast of the United States with my husband. I enjoy cooking, yoga, walking, reading, dancing, gardening, and talking about science/culture/religion.
Thanks so much for reading this, and I look forward to meeting lots of new friends here at New Buddhist!
I have bought a couple of books on meditation and I'm eagerly awaiting their arrival.
Looking forward to exploring this site more
' Its been.......emotional '
new to the group just about 2 days now i am very happy to be here i read so many
cool stories, i have been devoted to Buddhism for about a year now
and it makes me smile allot so just a quick not to say
peace and joy to all
Brian from Stamford, CT. Been steadily meditating for a month now - about 30 minutes daily. Was into Buddhism years ago, drifted away, and have been "back" for about two months. I've never felt happier and calmer since starting zazen. I look forward to it/dread it daily, and am getting better at letting thoughts, etc. slide on by...
My focus is still largely within the Chan/Zen tradition, though I still do not yet participate any sangha--something that will change with time, once I move to another location. But I am so happy to finally return to Chan practice and to deepen my understanding again.
I'm looking forward to reading and participating in the conversations here again--it was an opportunity for learning and inspiration then, and I hope it will even more so now that I have returned to practising!
Bows to all,
Not an easy post but wanted to say hello.
No point beating around the bush, I'll get straight to the point. I have always been a very angry, and sometimes hate filled person. I dislike myself very immensely as this is not what I want to be, or be like. I have always had a deep respect for Buddhism and HHDL as he and buddhism always reflected what I wanted to be...a better...nicer human being.
I don have a deep passion and love for the environment and animals, I have been involved with animal activism and environmental rights activism since I was 9 years old. My wife tells me this in itself shows I'm not all "hate"
I have started the road on Buddhism simply to try to help me be less hate filled and more compassionate in my life when dealing with people.
I thought this community looked like a great place to learn, and hopefully get support down this road.