I am a twenty seven year old student and I have studied Buddhism for a few years now and have started practicing daily. I read anything I can get my hands on and I'm a huge fan of American Transcendental writings, my favorite being Thoreau. I have always thought and saw the world through Buddhist eyes but never understood why until I fully looked at the practice. I come from a southern Baptist background which just never seemed to make sense so I searched for something better. I have found so much that I was looking for in the teachings of the Buddha. It has changed my life and way of thinking for the better, forever.
I am fixing to do taxes after 4 years. Buddhism says to confront your fears and such. I was going to online school for criminal justice/social work, but I withdrew, figuring I really can't afford to repay all that money right now. I am looking for a job. I am on unemployment. My boyfriend works at the same company that laid all office people off. My Buddhism is growing stronger! I am hard headed, apparently. I went though great depression for a while, didn't even get on computer. Feeling better. I think and chant for you!
What a wonderful place to promote peace and the interconnected web of life. I am still uncertain how to navigate the electronics. Looking forward to getting to know you through this space and deepening practice.
I too, dappled for a while. Now I too read a lot. There IS something to this. It involves the mind, heart and soul. It calls for much change ( in my life, sigh) and I have much to repay, karma that is. But I am now strong and willing. I wouldn't have written or thought this without the practice. Have you advanced far personally?
Welcome to the group, Ariel. You would enjoy reading my blog post titled "The Aspiration for Enlightenment." It will give you a real head-start on your practice of the Daishonin's Buddhism. I hope you find the time to read it, between all your other studies ;-) Best always and always be happy....