I Am a Buddhist

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 441 People

    Bbwbrandy Bbwbrandy
    26-30, F
    Jan 22, 2014

    To Meet More of Buddhist Friends

    I was raised a Roman Catholic; between my mid twenties and thirties I was interested in different kinds of religious experience; but by my mid thirties I knew that Buddhism was a very important source of wisdom for me.  I've  thought of my journey to meeting...
    thien thien
    46-50, F
    7 Responses Apr 20, 2007

    I need Buddhist friends!

    Some kind of small Sangha haha, to discuss practice and difficulties
    tomk27 tomk27
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Dec 21, 2015

    Anxiety And Buddhism

    Im dealing with anxiety through buddhism, allthough anxiety didnt welcome me into buddhism, it was more to do with art and music, thats when i realised i could use part of buddhism to relax me and to prevent my anxiety from being part of my life, it is said we need some anxiety...
    Spiralus112358 Spiralus112358
    26-30, M
    1 Response Mar 23, 2013

    Heart Sutra

    Greeting everyone a post Heart's Day. The link is my gift to everyone: a relaxing mantra of the Heart Sutra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGM4lYJ6E1E
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Feb 17, 2013

    Buddha Is a Beast Lol

    Buddhism is not a religion though u can say it is Buddhists do not worship gods or people they do not follow gods or people they are not controlled by gods or other people they worship themselves there is no requirement there is no laws to follow just having the intention is...
    deleted deleted
    Aug 6, 2009
    fartyfartface fartyfartface
    26-30, M
    Jul 18, 2015

    My Buddhism Experience

    I started looking into Buddhism after a teacher introduced it too me. I started reading some scriptures researching it and really liked the idea. I started mediating and found it to be a really great experience, I try to do it every night to reflect on the events in my day and to...
    oddandunusualguy oddandunusualguy
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 29, 2013

    Complex Human

    This is so true. How many of us have forgotten that the essence of life is to live in the present and not to worry too much about the past and the future? I mean, it is ok to think about the future and look back to your past. Our future and past guide us. But if we cling on them...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 19, 2013

    Considering It But I'm Atheist.

    Both me and my mum admire the tradition that is Buddhism. You don't worship a God and it's not some strict religion you must follow. They're accepting of everyone and they can control their thoughts and emotions really well, something I need to do! It's all about self improvement...
    FadedSilhouette FadedSilhouette
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 15, 2013

    The vehicle of experience is my Dharma.

    I try my hardest not to interfere with the natural operation of the life around me, and contribute to it what energy I can in this life. It is suffering to live, and we all are seeking a path to the cessation of our own sufferings.
    Aguynamedbill Aguynamedbill
    36-40, M
    Mar 1, 2014

    When I Became a Buddhist

    I am a buddhist but I started out if life as a Roman Catholic. I became a buddhist in the early 1990's upon hearing about the teachings. It was a natural fit! Since that time I have walked the road of the eight fold path. I am a much more kind, compassionate and happy person...
    tylrhere tylrhere
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Apr 6, 2007

    I have a question, if you would all permit me.

    Does anybody know a traditional Mahayana or Vajrayans greetings and farewells? I've been looking to no avail.
    RandomGuy3000 RandomGuy3000
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Sep 25, 2014

    The Three Jewels Awakened Me To Myself

    I came to my first sangha meeting because I was a Muslim who no longer felt connected to Allah, even though I was making many prayers.  The prayers were empty and I wanted to connect to the heart that had brought me to that faith.  Through Buddhism I was encouraged to listen...
    locsforme locsforme
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Mar 8, 2011

    How I Found Buddhism

    I am a thirty-something year old father of two wonderful daughters who bring me great joy.M I am the youngest of three siblings. As a child, I always felt awkward and was very sensitive. The other kids at school picked up on this immediately and right from day one, I...
    Mikelakros Mikelakros
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Sep 1, 2009

    A Speech, Based On My Experiences, I Was Asked to Give At Sgi's "Dark to Dawn Forum."

    (This was written in 2006) "I’m very happy to have the opportunity to be here doing this. If not for the practice of this Buddhism, I wouldn’t be. I came frighteningly close to killing myself before genuinely taking faith, and making real and positive...
    Mikelakros Mikelakros
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Sep 1, 2009

    Handling Emotions (Either Sad Or Happy Ones)

    Usually people lose themselves in a strong emotion and become overwhelmed. That is not the way to handle emotion, because when that happens you are a victim of emotion. In order not to become a victim, breathe and retain your calm, and you will experience the insight that an...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2013

    Things I Learned From A Lawyer Who Sold His Ferrari

    I just met Julian Mantle, a successful and smart American lawyer who had nothing in mind but work. One day, he suddenly fainted in the middle of the courtroom. When he woke up, his doctor gave him two options: give up being a lawyer or give up life. That was his wake up call. He...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Mar 31, 2013

    I don't like when people think

    or say that because I am a Buddhist that I am an atheist or don't have a religion and that sort of thing. The entire purpose of Buddhism is to remove suffering from life, I am not worried about what happens after that.
    irisxg irisxg
    18-21, F
    Jul 6, 2015

    Life Of Transition; Still Learning

    Born and raised Roman Catholic.  Started questioning in high school.  Have tried to learn as much about religion, in general, as I could.  Have gone through various spiritual phases including being atheist for a time and just generally wishy-washy spiritual. (Perhaps I'm still...
    JeremyKS1 JeremyKS1
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jan 5, 2012

    It'S More About The Passing Of Energy

    To me, life is about the passing of energy, one animal dies as another is born, one animal eats another and takes on its energy for growth. So, why should we concern ourselves with un-necessary things? Because we're human, and whilst we're human, we have energy passing through...
    ZombiePandaDuck ZombiePandaDuck
    18-21, M
    1 Response Aug 31, 2013

    Pain In Life

    An aging Zen master grew tired of his student complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the master...
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 5, 2013

    Being a Buddhist has taught me the importance

    of compassion for myself and others. It's help get through living with bipolar by believing that happiness for sentient beings is important in life.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 27, 2015

    After a really tough period in my life

    after my boyfriend broke up with me last summer, I finally took time for myself and decided to give buddhism a chance. I was always very occupied with my relationship and working on school, I had no real time for myself. Buddhism helped me realized how wrong I have been all...
    jesuisanimal jesuisanimal
    22-25, F
    Feb 2, 2014

    Since 5 years I have been praying to Lord

    Buddha, to get me a Girlfriend, but He never listened to me.
    Moniker4 Moniker4
    22-25, M
    Aug 6, 2015

    A Buddhists Confusion

    I'm always confused to see Buddhism in a list of religions... "what is your religion" "I don't have one", "I thought you were Buddhist?", "I am...", "you just said you don't have a religion", "Correct.", at about this point in the conversation it either continues on for a...
    mindwarper11 mindwarper11
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Feb 7, 2013

    I Am A Buddhist

    I started when young, to look in to all religions, I  found good in all of them, so  I took the best of them all, and made what I thought was my own religion, then, many years later found out it had a name, that name was Buddhism! so what are the odds on that! =-) xxx
    sammymeme sammymeme
    31-35, F
    1 Response Oct 1, 2011

    It Was All About That Day I Got Lost..

    7 years ago, i was alone in a neighboorhood i didn't know. I was expecting to meet friends in a coffee i wouldn't find. It was raining, and i had flowers in a bouquet. I saw a monk coming out of some place on the other side of the street and i decided to go ask for some...
    Maelstrom36 Maelstrom36
    36-40, F
    7 Responses Jul 27, 2009

    Just Need Buddhist friends

    I am a buddhist and also a vegetarian. But i'm very lonely. I don't have buddhist / vegetarian friends who i can talk to or hang out with having vege meals when I need a partner or suggestions. I believe in Buddhism. When something terrible happened to me, I always try to think...
    letfree letfree
    3 Responses Nov 28, 2010

    My Choice

    Ok, I recently decided i want to become a buddhist, i've read alot of books, and done alot of mediation but i really think there's more to what i'm doing. but i'm not sure what it is as yet. what is there for me to do to confidently say i am a buddisht!
    Addi96 Addi96
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 21, 2013

    Buddhism And Me. 

    I have PTSD, (it doesn't have me), and what this has to do with my journey to Buddhism is very important. In 2007 I woke up during what was supposed to have been a routine arthroscopic knee surgery. (You can and probably should read that story in my "I'm an Anesthesia Awareness...
    Pebbles1982 Pebbles1982
    31-35, F
    1 Response Oct 27, 2012


    I am a buddist in heart and mind But legally i am a roman catholic I hate it I follow this way of life know I love it It's much better then being an atheist which I was for the past couple of years But know I have found this path And am - this close- to starting
    Jess7979 Jess7979
    13-15, F
    1 Response Feb 9, 2012

    I am only just discovering Buddhism

    as my adopted religion but I have been attracted to the philosophy all my life. Everything about it speaks to me and falls in line with the beliefs that I've embraced for years. Reading the Dharma satisfies me in ways reading Christian scriptures never did. My mind immediately...
    KittycatLove00 KittycatLove00
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 1, 2014

    Buddha In My Life

    I just became a Buddhist not to long ago and I am deeply inspired to continue this philosophy, It is very helpful for me through everyday situations. Plus, it makes alot of people into a better person. I pray to Buddha every morning and I pray to Buddha before I go to bed. I...
    revolution77 revolution77
    18-21, M
    Feb 4, 2011

    I believe that Buddhism has the power to direct

    me to the right path to be happy and successful..:) and another thing that drives me off to follow the Buddhism is that I am an Atheist..
    sugatisangha sugatisangha
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 20, 2015


    Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams. -Robert S. Sharma (author 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari').
    lanie2013 lanie2013
    31-35, F
    Mar 16, 2013

    My Higher Power

    i've often had trouble explaining to people what it means to be buddhist. usually i say 'theres worse things to search for than inner peace!'   buddhism works for me because it answers questions i've had all my life, been veggie since i was 13, it never felt right to eat...
    aaangie aaangie
    41-45, F
    2 Responses May 31, 2009

    Well, actually "Buddhism" is not a religion

    as such; and I should really say I feel very sympathetic to the Buddhist outlook, or it jibes with mine, or something like that. But there is no category provided for that, so I'll stick with this for now....
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Dec 7, 2014

    Questioning Existence

    When I was little I always wondered in those moments before falling asleep why do I exist, and do i really exist, what is this life?? why do i feel like something is happening but at the same time its not?? It was a blessing to find the dharma, buddhism. My questions were...
    Bellezza Bellezza
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jul 26, 2007

    Me To Almost.

    I would like to be or try to be Buddhist. I feel that I cannot do this alone. I am trying hard to relocate to a community that has a strong Zen community. I think I probably need support with eating right more than anything else. More than likely I really don’t know enough yet...
    gsparky22 gsparky22
    41-45, M
    Apr 26, 2013

    All Beings

    All beings are the owners of heir deeds, the heirs of their deeds- their deeds are the womb from which they sprang, with their deeds they are bound up, their deeds are their refuge. Whatever deeds they do - good or evil - of such they will be the heirs. The Buddha, from the...
    aoutdouze aoutdouze
    22-25, F
    Aug 29, 2013

    I'm Also An Atheist

    I like to consider myself an atheist and a buddhist. I basically combined the two into a religion of my own. Thanks for the read!
    SunFlowerSunrise SunFlowerSunrise
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 14, 2013

    Finding Myself

    I never really knew who I was. I was a really confused child. Buddhism and I crossed paths when I was about 12, about the time I was feeling lost in the world. I found myself with Buddha's teachings and it led me down the right path. The quest for enlightenment gave me a purpose...
    GinaJazz GinaJazz
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 28, 2009

    I Like Buddhism a Lot Though I...

    I like buddhism a lot though I wouldn't call myself a buddhist.  I don't subscribe to any religion but if I were forced to it would be buddhism.  I'm really into its philosophies on compassion, reincarnation, karma, emptiness, etc.
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton
    41-45, M
    5 Responses Jun 18, 2007

    I have been studying Buddhism

    for 4 years and I love it but I'm wanting to learn more can any one recommend me some good books
    Bbwbrandy Bbwbrandy
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Feb 5, 2014

    I believe life should be lived in peace,

    with love and serenity, the worlds not perfect and things may never go your way but the best you can do is live life to the fullest and help those in need without expecting anything in return, in the inspirational words of Gandhi - "The best way to find yourself, is to lose...
    TheHippieBitch TheHippieBitch
    18-21, F
    Jun 25, 2015

    Not My Mind?

    I am not my mind? What does that mean? I have a soul, it is good, teacher, guide, knowing. Well, I have never experienced this. As far as I know I am my mind. Then they say: When you are meditating you are in contact with this "Soul". When I am meditating I am not in contact...
    unAmigo unAmigo
    41-45, M
    1 Response Mar 19, 2013

    I Am Secretly A Buddhist

    I grew up in a heavily religious house - although we never really had one religion. I was baptized in a Methodist Church, had my first Communion at a Catholic Church, and frequently attended various other Christian Churches with my mom. I've always known deep down that I didn't...
    justme993 justme993
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 24, 2013
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