Greetings to all! I am a 25 year old guy living in the northeast United States. I have been interested in Buddhism since I was a teenager but have found myself drawn to learning more about it more recently partly as the result of some health issues and existential ponderings.
I don't know very much beyond the basics yet, and as far as which school (if that would be the correct term) of Buddhism I feel would be right for me to follow, I don't know yet. I am open to learning and exploring. This forum seems a great place to start!
If things get ugly in the sandpit and some of the nasty blighters start to spit, kick and bite, rest assured that if you call to all the wonderful moderators and administrators at the site they will be there in a jiffy to tweek the offenders ear!
I say this coz I'm a biter!
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"My religion is not deceiving myself." Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE
It is great to see such a welcome. Sorry I haven't jumped in much, I've been in the hospital for much of the month of December, and am currently. On a positive note, my mother gave me a beautiful lapis lazuli silver Medicine Buddha necklace today for the holiday (she follows the Christian faith, so I support her). It is a great comfort ahead of my looming medical procedures begining Tuesday morning.
Many forum users here are practitioners and a bunch of us do Medicine Buddha practice regularly, I think everyone would be happy to do some extra practice and dedicate it to your successful procedures and recovery on Tuesday. I just wanted to put it out there, to inspire others also.
Contentment is the ultimate wealth; Detachment is the final happiness. ~Sri Saraha
SittingSilent wrote::thanks: I would greatly appreciate it. I am trying to learn how to do the practice myself as well, however I have a ways to go in terms of understanding the language and techniques.
I'm sorry to all those who were thinking of me that I disappeared last year. I was in the hospital undergoing electro-convulsive treatments for depression and apparently the memory of having posted seems to have been erased at the time. However, in my current seeking of Buddhist knowledge I have found this website again and luckily my computer has stored my username and password! I am no longer undergoing ECT after it seriously damaged my memory. I am still very interested in Buddhism though and would like to learn as much as possible and if it feels right at some point take refuge with a teacher. I still wear my Medicine Buddha pendant daily, as well as a special amulet I got from Snow Lion that I can't really remember the exact specifications of but I believe is supposed to provide protection.