polarbuddha101 wrote:It's been fun
avacal wrote:Hello, this is Pete,
I am just here to learn. I enjoy reading everyone's introductions. I am trying to introduce myself to Buddhism, it seems to be a refrdeshing way to look at the world, and a very practical way for me to deal with the problems of day to day life.
Skiing is cool, but I heard that sport is going downhill.
Sometime ago I became ill, mentally and physically. I had held onto things that I used to define myself. When these were taken away from me I was lost and broken.
I began to have panic attacks and became aware several times a day of my imminent demise. The terror of death was and is very real for me. I had lived in an environment of abuse and violence as a child and tried to escape this by joining the military. After the military ( with its violence and abuse) I had a violent and abusive relationship. I had two wonderful children. In my 30's I began to change, but not fast enough. At 40 I was a broken person.
I found Buddhism through a book my loving wife gave me on 'Happiness'. I began to read, approached a sangha and began to study Buddhist Philosophy. I lost my secular and scientific dogmas. I began to understand the purpose of faith, to meditate and develop awareness of my many delusions. As I began to understand my delusions I began to see the delusions that others also suffered. I enroled on a councelling course and I'm now training to become a councellor / therapist. May I be fortunate enough to help others.
There are other Buddhist councellors near me. I find a combination of Buddhism and Western psychotherapy productive and beneficial.
I have too many faults to list. The beneficial changes I have experienced through a combination of my teachers, the Dhamma, meditation and deep enquiries into my mind help me to approach each delusional or unbalanced aspect and begin the process of understanding, acceptance and integration. I learn the Dhamma from any tradition or source and if I experience it, then so much the better. I have already been touched by the profound words on this forum - thankyou.
frankinnc wrote:Hi, my name's Frank...and my bio is gonna read alot different than most others, lol. Here goes: Grew up poor, did drugs, broke laws, smoked crack, broke more laws, went to prison ( 5 and 1/2 years), discovered Zen second year of prison, sat zazen almost everyday thereafter, went on "community passes" to a zendo last year of prison, got out of prison and continued to practice..still sober and sane and breaking no more laws. there ya go.
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