Animamia wrote:Hello everyone.
I am from the UK and have been reading a little about Buddhism. I am rather overwhelmed by the amount of information available on the internet, all of it seems conflicting and complicated. I am just wondering if someone can give me some advice on a reliable place to start. There are also no places of worship as far as I know in my city, is this necessary or could I worship at home if I choose? Any help would be appreciated, thank you! x
Animamia wrote: There are also no places of worship as far as I know in my city, is this necessary or could I worship at home if I choose? Any help would be appreciated, thank you! x
Animamia wrote:...I admit I have not had much time to spend reading and learning...
Animamia wrote:1. If I wanted to become Buddhist, how would I go about it? Is there any kind of "initiation" equivalent to being baptised or such? Also, at what stage would I be ready to do so. I obviously have much learning to do, but do I have to know all I can know before I can take the step of becoming a Buddhist? How much time should I spend learning also? I am currently a mature student with 2 children studying biology at university, which takes up a great deal of my time.
Animamia wrote:2. The only Sanghas I can find near me practice Zen and Kadampa, which are forms is Mahayana if I am not mistaken. Would I be able to attend these if I followed Theravada Buddhism?
Animamia wrote:3. I like to wear some make-up, take care of my appearance etc. How would this fit in with Buddhism? I have read somewhere that acts of self-indulgence like this are frowned upon. Also vegetarianism and things like this I am unsure of.
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