Over the past three years, I have been introduced to a new world, the world of Buddhism. I grew up as a Christian, but something was missing for a very long time. I always had a strong faith in God, but I just wasn’t happy. After spending three months in Southeast Asia and visiting a Theravada Buddhist temple, I began reading more about Buddhism. Over time, I discovered that my happiness does not come from what will happen after I die, but from within myself here on Earth. Recently, I began meditating to calm my mind and allow the energies of the universe to energize and restore my inter peace as I continue to travel toward the Lord God. The Buddha and his teachings help to lead my path by offering self-reflection and inter peace, while God aids to lead me to my death and eternal life.
So, I began to look for information on being a Christian and a Buddhist and found that it is more common than I had believed. However, nothing I read seemed to really be what I was looking for completely. Remember that Christianity is a religion. Buddhism is not a religion, but a philosophy, “the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.”(1) For this reason, practicing Buddhism and Christianity is not impossible. My religion is Christianity, but I utilize Buddhism as a tool to gain happiness here on Earth. I decided to document my journey as I discover more about how my Christianity could be enriched through Buddha’s teachings.
My postings will include such things as:
– updates on my journey
– information on Theravada Buddhism and other schools of Buddhism (See Teachings of Theravada Buddhism and in postings as some information may be in them as well)
– some of my techniques in meditation, rituals, etc.
– things l have learned from my meditations
– links and videos to aid in education and meditation (See Resources)
– personal challenges and challenges that I give you (See Current Challenge and postings tagged Challenge)
– and many more….
I am very excited to go on this journey with all of you. Please feel free to add comments, questions, or anything that aids in positivity and encouragement. I welcome criticism as well only if it is done so in a positive way and not to accuse or argue. It would also be great to hear about your journey through Buddhism and/or Christianity. You can leave your story in the comments or email me and I will anonymously add your story.
May God bless you and the Buddha’s teachings guide you throughout your life…
(2) – borrowed from http://drsuneelsethi.wordpress.com/disclaimer/