I'm Caroline and I live in Bedford, in sunny England. I've had an interest in Buddhism for around three or four years now. Up until this year I've not been in the position to really dedicate some time to the dharma (mainly because of my work and family commitments), although I've been on retreat a few times, gone to meditation sessions, mediated alone, read a bit and live by the 5 precepts. I also was so privilaged to see the Daili Lama in Nottingham (once in a lifetime opportunity) However, I still do not consider myself a real Buddhist yet.. whatever that means.
I'm a single parent to two lovely kids, one is on the Autistic spectrum - so life can be challenging at times. I live in Bedford where there is a Buddhist circle, which is lovely. Some of the people there are Buddhists and some are not and I enjoy going when I can.
The problem is, that I do not have any Buddhist friends to chew over ideas, realisations, learning and all that with - I'm not saying I'm dependent on it, but it would be nice to know I'm on the right path, or for someone to challenge me everynow and then. Bedford seems to have a Buddhist shortage (maybe they are stockpiling in London and Birmingham!).
As I'm a mother, I'm limited to where I can go, so I'm joining this group as I am ready now to dedicate my time to going a bit deeper than the superfical clothing of a label of Buddhist and transforming myself.