I have been practising Buddhism for a number of years now and studied under several different teachers in both the Thai Forest tradition and the Zen tradition. I don't consider myself either Theravada or Mahayana, or anything really. I am more at home in the early teachings of the Buddha as recorded in the Pali canon, but I don't agree with everything written there.
I am also a student at The Open University studying Computer Science. Although due to health problems I am not sure I will be able to find employment after, and I am having difficulties with my memory and retaining the knowledge I am learning.
I like writing and painting. I find these activities cathartic. I enjoy writing about the dhamma in particular, as that is where my main interest lies.
I am keen to make it all the way to full Buddhist enlightenment (Arahant) in this lifetime if possible, but have no plans on becoming a monk. I will try to get there as a lay follower. I am not sure I am well suited to the monastic lifestyle, as I like the freedom to make my own choices, but I very much respect and admire the monastic community and feel great gratitude for all I have learnt from them, for their friendship and for their generosity in what they have shared with me.
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May you be safe, well, peaceful, and happy.
And free from sorrow.
P.S. Asoka is my given dhamma name and means 'Sorrowless'
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