I'm very happy to see that a few folks have already joined up for this
My name is Alan Clewley, I'm 28 years old, and I live in Telford, in the
UK with my wife Collette, and a large managarie of pets. I work in
human resources, IT & accountancy in a family run accountancy practice.
If anyone is interested there is a kind of 'personal bio' on my
homepage, the address is below, so I won't go into that too much here.
As for my experience with the Kagyu tradition, and how I came to be
here- I've been interested in Buddhism for quite a few years, and after
a lot of reading, and investigation of the various traditions I felt
attracted to the Tibetan form. My first real taste of Tibetan Buddhism
came in 1996 when my wife & I went to see the Dalai Lama give a talk on
compassion as the basis for human happiness in Manchester. This inspired
me quite deeply, and after some snooping around I found that the nearest
Tibetan Dharma centre to me was about an hours drive away at 'Karma
Ling' in Birmingham, UK. I went along and met my teacher, started doing
daily meditation practice about a year ago, and hope to take Refuge in
June or July. I'll be starting my first Ngondro soon after that.
I set this group up after having experienced the Tibetan Buddhist
Newsgroups as being somewhat busy, noisy, and political, and having had
some very good experiences with smaller Buddhist mailing lists. I
wondered why there was not a list specifically for Kagyu's. I couldn't
find one, so I created this one.
I guess there are four of us here so far, but it's very early days, I
only set it up last week, and recently joined the 'Dharma Web Ring'
which should increase our membership. I can't wait to see what develops
here and I very much look forward to getting to know you, and to
learning from one & other.