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Hi! New to Buddhism (Sorta)

Postby iiRenity » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:32 pm

Hi everyone,

My name is Serenity and I'm twenty-two (going onto twenty-three in a few weeks), living in Arkansas. There's not very many places in my area that teach on Buddhism and I thought I'd join so I could learn more. I hope that's alright. I'm guess what you could consider 'Agnostic'. I don't know what to believe or disbelieve about the afterlife and that is really torturous for me. I was raised in an area where Southern Baptism was the main religion and was taken to the extreme, so much so that it was a very hurtful and negative experience for me. Of course, I understand that not all are like this, but it made me realize my true lack of belief and faith. I've dealt with an overwhelming fear of death since I was 15 and the only time I have ever felt any measure of peace, or control, is when I started reading 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying' by Sogyal Rinpoche. I still suffer with the fear, but realize that I feel much more... calm and at ease when I read into Buddhism and Zen teachings. My significant other is a Buddhist, so there's no lack of books in the house. I've wanted a place to learn more, and wish I had a teacher, but that's not likely for the area I live in.

I hope that was an okay introduction.
I really just want to find the inner peace in me that my mother named me for and stop living my life in fear and fog and confusion. Buddhism is the closest to clarity I've ever experienced but I'm at a loss as to where to start.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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Re: Hi! New to Buddhism (Sorta)

Postby Jikan » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:44 pm

Hi Serenity,

Welcome to DharmaWheel. I hope you find what you seek. Here are some links that may be of help to you, if you haven't found them already yourself...

http://www.ebslr.org/

http://buddhark.com/

all the best,
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Re: Hi! New to Buddhism (Sorta)

Postby iiRenity » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:31 pm

Thank you for the links, I very much appreciate those.
I used to live in those regions so it is good to know that they are there if I ever go back to the area.
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Re: Hi! New to Buddhism (Sorta)

Postby Jikan » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:47 pm

iiRenity wrote:Thank you for the links, I very much appreciate those.
I used to live in those regions so it is good to know that they are there if I ever go back to the area.


Buddhism is one of those things where you find yourself traveling sometimes to get the teachings, which you can put into practice wherever you are.
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Re: Hi! New to Buddhism (Sorta)

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:11 pm

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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Re: Hi! New to Buddhism (Sorta)

Postby lobster » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:49 am

iiRenity wrote:I'm at a loss as to where to start.


Hi Serenity, :smile:

:popcorn:

Sounds like you are reading, finding a forum, marrying into the potentially dharmically orientated and generally taking steps. :woohoo:

Serenity normally ensues with practice, which you might feel the need to engage with. :twothumbsup:
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Re: Hi! New to Buddhism (Sorta)

Postby Simon E. » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:20 am

iiRenity wrote:Hi everyone,

My name is Serenity and I'm twenty-two (going onto twenty-three in a few weeks), living in Arkansas. There's not very many places in my area that teach on Buddhism and I thought I'd join so I could learn more. I hope that's alright. I'm guess what you could consider 'Agnostic'. I don't know what to believe or disbelieve about the afterlife and that is really torturous for me. I was raised in an area where Southern Baptism was the main religion and was taken to the extreme, so much so that it was a very hurtful and negative experience for me. Of course, I understand that not all are like this, but it made me realize my true lack of belief and faith. I've dealt with an overwhelming fear of death since I was 15 and the only time I have ever felt any measure of peace, or control, is when I started reading 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying' by Sogyal Rinpoche. I still suffer with the fear, but realize that I feel much more... calm and at ease when I read into Buddhism and Zen teachings. My significant other is a Buddhist, so there's no lack of books in the house. I've wanted a place to learn more, and wish I had a teacher, but that's not likely for the area I live in.

I hope that was an okay introduction.
I really just want to find the inner peace in me that my mother named me for and stop living my life in fear and fog and confusion. Buddhism is the closest to clarity I've ever experienced but I'm at a loss as to where to start.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

I know nothing of Arkansas , Serenity ( what a lovely name ) as I am English, but there is an online directory of Arkansas Buddhist groups called www.Buddhark.com/. If you can get hands-on instruction its always best.
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Re: Hi! New to Buddhism (Sorta)

Postby Simon E. » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:24 pm

Whoops. Just seen that Jikan had already posted the link.
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