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]
He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion … ... He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form. John Stuart Mill
“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