I’m a Buddhist, as you probably will have gathered by the title. Buddhism is a common ‘way of life’ or ‘religion’ within the East, however a few centuries ago it moved over to the West; becoming dominant. I became a Buddhist in 2011. I was a Christian and had been since I had been baptised. I was brought up in a Church of England household. I went to church, I attended church youth groups and I was confirmed at the age of 14. But then something changed. I became disillusioned with the church at age 18. I don’t know why, something just clicked.
I began researching for alternatives. I am a religious person and I always will be, I didn’t want to deviate away from that. After a few hours of research, I delved into the world of Buddhism. I had been influenced by some friends of mine who were also Buddhists, so I asked them too. I was really intrigued by the way of life and I felt like the beliefs of Buddhist’s were close to my own and they matched the morals that I have in life. I’m a highly moralistic person. I keep to my morals strictly. Having this along with Buddhism allows me to maintain my self-discipline.
I feel like I belonged to something too. I belonged to the church, but this feeling was different. I had meditated before becoming a Buddhist but I felt that I had a better connection with life. It seems philosophical, but it’s not. I felt closer to people, although with Buddhism attachment is a cause of suffering. (If you want to read more into this then there are a lot of websites and books out there!).
I felt like I could be flexible. I’m not a strict Buddhist, but I do try to stick to the way of life. I don’t feel tied down and I don’t feel like I have to use it as an outright excuse because it is part of my belief system. I can exercise it. I also feel that I can have my own beliefs outside of Buddhism. I don’t agree with some of Buddhism. I didn’t agree with some of the Christian beliefs. You don’t have to fully agree which is a benefit I guess. I’ve become a much better person since becoming a Buddhist. I was completely different, but I don’t let it rule my decisions. I still have my choice and free will. I feel that I can be myself.
I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.
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