HI everyone. I see some familiar names here from past internet interludes and am glad to make reacquaintances.
As a point of introduction I am but a layperson with little understanding of things and a very basic practice. I do however spend much time at it and consider it a pursuit of most significance as my pursuits go. I have suceeded by my count in the things of this realm to the limited extent that I may suceed, and now devote my considerations, when not distracted, elsewhere. I seek no more of these things of this realm, such as wealth power or influence, but do require some continuances so I may go on with my practice and to attend to issues of karmic debt incurred by endeavoring in this lifetime, states such as that of a householder. But largly these things no longer interest me.
I have prior spent several years in attempts at service, to establish a base of karmic effect(and also to help peoples) from which I may progress in understanding. I now, excepting some select monetary and family responsibility necessity, attempt to endeavor in understanding of this thing with that as primary(though often distracted) focus.
Thank you all for your time devoted to reading this and any future posts I may make.
I do not consider myself any authority or source on what may be considered Buddhist, as my practice is in the main based on what I consider to be the rational and the study of such. Though I would not dispute others may consider this rational, belief. I do have however a base of formal structured past practice which includes formal ceremony and such. And I am not in this lifetime, new to this.
I participate (or do not participate), as a means to provide focus in particular areas of attention which may present. This to include subject materials and also the means of presentation of such materials, to include I and other relationship, the developement of concept and its presentation.
I consider my practice no more important nor true than any others practice. The evidenciary of a fortuitous practice being to my view singularly the growth of compassion. So personally I am but moderately successful. Certainly many many more have greater success.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.