Hello everybody on this board,
I discovered the "Dhamma Wheel Group" on Facebook and I was told about the board here.
So I feel happy to be able joining in here, too.
My name is Claudia and I live in Fuerth, Germany (next to Nuernberg).
I got in touch with buddhism the first time (in this life
) in 1987 - it happened during a visit at the Sanzen-In-Temple in Japan and I was only 17years old then.
It was a long way for me to go.
For further 17 years, I felt my heart was beating "buddhistic", but I grew up in the christian tradition.
I dealt many years with the christian religion, but I felt more and more the Dhamma inside.
In 2006, I found a small and nice Mahayana Group in the City where I live. I confessed to Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha in 2006.
Many years I felt very well and happy in this group that became like a small family to me. I found wonderful friends who gave me a lot support, especially in difficult times (and they still do).
Last year, many things happened and I got very unexpected in touch with a Theravada Community not far away from here.
Although, I felt on the "right place" in the Mahayana Group I felt completely "at home" when I met the Theravada Community. At the moment, I do not want to extend it - but since this time, I feel a lot of peace inside, although there is a lot of challenge in my life.
Some private things about me:
I am married since 1991. My husband and I adopted our eldest daughter in 1999 in Africa and we care for a disabled foster girl.
I am working part time for a family-and-education-center: I support temporary families to disburden for example single or disabled mothers in the houshold or to care for (disabled) children. I enjoy my little job and I love to work together with the families I am supporting.
That's about me for the moment - please excuse my mistakes in English. It's always a little challenging to write in another language than in my native language.