gnegirl wrote:To the point where we practise this sublime path? I was raised Roman Catholic, and one would wonder how on earth I ended up in the Vajrayana of all things. One obvious answer would be karma of course, but its interesting, almost accidental on the surface.
Ken1969 wrote:I've ended up here by a roundabout route. I'm a recovered Alcoholic in Alcoholics Anonymous, which is a 12 Step spiritual program of recovery (that I'm sure many of you guys would approve of (maybe not the 'God bits'; but they can be subtracted)), and to learn how to meditate (which is part of Step 11) I found myself at a Buddhist Centre where I heard a Dharma talk. Much of what I heard reminded me of A.A. - it seemed to be about adjusting ourselves to the world, rather than trying to adjust the world to suit us; and I became interested.
After about 18 months of fairly hefty 'casual reading', I've enrolled on a two-year foundation course in Gelug Buddhism, which is interesting, and I've been exploring and trying to practice Lam Rim for about a year now.
So, you could say my drinking led me to the dharma!
I must say that all the potential answers I have come up with "work" for me, I find them all quite acceptable.
Obviously, I accept karma and that sort of speaks for itself. The first time I really started studying the Dharma I just felt (pardon the cliche) as if I had come home.
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