Studying Buddhism three years ago brought me to different countries, cultures, Buddhist traditions, meditation retreats and Zen centre stays. It has been an uphill but fulfilling battle applying the teachings to real life issues. AMA.
Despite growing up in a largely Buddhist family for 33 years, I mainly prayed to higher forces to avoid the bad and attract the good. Please excuse me, I do not mean offence - that includes God, gods at times.
After certain destablising events three years ago, I started learning about Buddhism, more seriously. It brought me to: different countries and cultures; Buddhist traditions; learning environments; friends etc.
Religion for me has not been easy, mostly.
Task#1: Figure out the overview of things according to its cosmology and knowledge from different traditions.
Task#2: Learn about its proposed solution through different texts and real-life experiences like meditation.
Task#3: How to practise outside your meditation session. For example, what happens when:
- somebody screams at you in public
- other people misunderstand you
- life presents multiple challenges to you at the same time/bad time
- there is a conflict
I only wish the learning process and the path to getting more evolved is this systematic and straightforward.
I am not a scholar or Buddhism teacher so I am in NO position to offer authoritative advice - just personal experiences for your use or info. I also welcome questions/sharing from folks practising other religions/philosophies.
A reminder to everyone who would be attending the AMA to avoid anything that is:
- against the law
- confidential and not yours to reveal (such as another’s personal address)
- veiled attempts to solicit money
What is the Vibe of this AMA? What is AMA Vibe?