April 3, 2011
I first started studying Buddhism in 1986, read and practiced irregularly, and only really began to understand it when I found a small group practicing here in the 90s -- gone now, sadly. Time to gather again, I think.
I don't follow a tradition but I do gain a lot from listening to them all. Lately I've spent a lot of time reading English translations of the Pali "suttas" and dabbling in learning Pali.
I aim to meditate daily and manage it more days than not, lately. I've taken one wonderful course on insight meditation online through audiodharma.org and lately am just working on "finding the joy" because I mostly find meditation a challenge.
I've lived here 25+ years, and I've been a Buddhist slightly longer than that. I've found the teachings and practice so useful that I gave up my job in 2009 to study full time, even learning to read Pali, the language of the oldest texts.