Thread: The choice

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    Forums Member BlueFaky's Avatar
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    The choice

    Hello board.

    Did you start right away with Buddhism in your spirituality practice ?

    It is likely most people on this board were raised Catholics. Why did you leave the Church ?

    What made you go like ''Ok Buddhism is what I need the most, I gotta swich to the Buddha's teaching' ?

    As for me, it was the progressive and demonstrative way of Thich Nhat Hanh

    The Heart Of The Buddha's Teaching that made me realize there is no better path for me.

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    Hi BlueFaky. No, I was brought up Methodist, which is about the lowest church you can get. I got into Buddhism through experimenting with meditation. A few people I know used to go to his talks and eventually left the Buddhist centre I used to attend to be followers. I like a lot of his work but nothing which would encourage me to follow him like that.

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    Forums Member Thinker's Avatar
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    Very late starter here, just happy I found it, the escape that way of looking at things, all of it!

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    Global Moderator KathyLauren's Avatar
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    I was raised as a non-denominational non-churchgoing nominal Christian. (Mother Catholic, father non-practising Anglican / Church of England.) Growing up in the 1960s, I was curious about eastern religions. One day, I was in a bookstore, feeling nostalgic for the 60s (which I had been too young to enjoy) and came across a book by Alan Watts on Zen. Remembering that Zen had been a big thing in the 60s, I bought the book.

    Say what you will about Alan Watts, he was a good popularizer. Everything in the book made sense, so I made notes on all his references and ordered the books. The feeling of familiarity was eerie. Here I am, 40 years later, and still a Buddhist.

    Om mani padme hum

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    Moderator justusryans's Avatar
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    I was raised Catholic in a very abusive Catholic orphanage, needless to say that I stayed Catholic as long as it took me to get out of there. In my twenties I met a Buddhist who shared some of the general teachings with me. The Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path etc. That’s what got me interested.

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    Global Moderator Esho's Avatar
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    My parents were catholic. I wasn't. I was desperate to quench suffering so I found a Buddhist Book; I read it and it was what I was looking for. Since then during a long time I kept looking for the correct tradition and then I found Zazen. I devote my life to Zazen now and suffering has quenched.

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