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Your first encounter with dharma
What was your first encounter with dharma?
I was about 10 years old and was watching an episode of "Batman: The Animated Series". In this particular episode of the show, Bruce Wayne traveled to Japan to train under his martial arts master. Sometime during the episode, he is shown meditating. Being 10 years old, I decided that I too would meditate, even though I didn't know how to do it. For about a year, I emulated what I saw on that particular episode off and on. Around the same time, I had a friend who was really into Bruce Lee. He saw me trying to meditate and gave me some of Bruce's books to read. Though Bruce wasn't particularly a "Buddhist", his philosophy was greatly influenced by Dharma. In fact, his book the "Tao of Jeet Kune Do" begins with the 8 fold path and explanations of Zen philosophy with concern to martial arts.
I know it's rather silly, but without that episode, I don't think I would have developed such an interest in dharma! "Batman meditates, so I must also meditate!" lol.