I just found this forum and I thought Id register.
About me : i come from a ( very ! ) mixed heritage background - which includes some Mongol heritage. Ive always felt drawn to the ''eastern'' part of my heritage and although i grew up in the UK - i never really felt British or western ( for lack of better terms ).
I converted to Hinduism a few years ago, although i did explore Buddhism in my early 20's when i studied martial arts - i could never really get my head around it.
Ive no idea why im suddenly interested in Buddhism again, i just feel drawn to it again. I do know that 2 years of hanging out in Hindu temples has helped me to understand Buddhism.. my friends would say that perhaps my attraction to Buddhism has something to do with my ancestors or past lives.. I dont really know either way...
I guess for now im just following my path and my instincts and seeing where it leads me..
I really know nothing about Therevada, but im keen to learn. I hope along the way though you will forgive my ignorance when asking questions...[/color]
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither! Blog,-Some Suttas Translated,Ajahn Chah. "Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” - Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters: in mountain clefts and chasms, loud gush the streamlets, but great rivers flow silently. - Sutta Nipata 3.725
"When we transcend one level of truth, the new level becomes what is true for us. The previous one is now false. What one experiences may not be what is experienced by the world in general, but that may well be truer. (Ven. Nanananda)
“I hope, Anuruddha, that you are all living in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes.” (MN 31)