I've recently joined this list and am really happy to follow this
I've been on a spiritual journey of discovery since I can remember, and
although I was baptised as an infant have never identified myself with
any organized religion. I'm 67, so I've been on this journey for a
while now and have been fortunate in finding teachers and teachings in
several and various places.
My introduction to Eastern religions came 30 years ago when I spent
about three years as a student of a Hindu teacher, but even then I was
reading a lot of Buddhist literature.
More recently I lived in Japan for six years where I had a taste of
life in a Buddhist culture. Now I find myself drawn ever more towards
Tibetan Buddhist teachings. Fortunately there are now many, many CDs
and DVDs of Tibetan teachings available through our local library.
Thank you, Jay, for your observations about that 'complex blend of
beliefs from different sources'.
On Apr 3, 2006, at 11:33 AM, Jay Allen wrote:
> In my experience, if you scratch the surface of a label like
> "Buddhism" or "Pagan" or "Christian" in many people, what you actually
> find is a complex blend of beliefs from different sources. The labels
> only fit because they represent the person's *dominant* worldview. I
> call myself a Buddhist, for instance, because it sets the largest
> context for my spiritual belief - but my beliefs aren't limited to
> Buddhist tradition is so rich that you can spend your entire life
> mining it, and never hit bottom. We're blessed to have so many people
> in the world dedicating their lives to it. But I also think it's
> fascinating to watch how people in the skeptical,
> scientifically-minded West are combining traditions in new and
> innovative ways. Changes that used to take generations to occur within
> a faith are occuring in the span of people's lifetimes. It makes one
> wonder what religion will look like 100 years from now. :)