About a year and a half ago, I became a Buddhist.
Last Sunday, I finally joined the Rime Buddhist Center.
If you're ever in K.C. on a Sunday, and happen to be a Buddhist, or just interested, it's a wonderful opportunity to visit a Buddhist service/practice.
Our Sunday practice combines both Eastern and Western elements into a complete service. It's very interesting, and feels good.
We meditate 3 times and it also satisfies my "Western" desire to go to church and sing...only we sing kind of a chant. One of our songs goes, "Om Tare Tu Tare Ture Soha" and the other one is "Om Mani Padme Hum"
Lama Chuck also gives a Dharma talk. Today it was on personal freedom.
I have resisted the urge to join because of many years of feeling restricted, being told something that I simply didn't feel was truth, and/or being told of a hell I would be heading to if I didn't follow their teachings. These methods help many, so for sure I'm not wanting to demean any other faith or religious view...it just doesn't work for me.
I've been on a personal search for years and I guess there's always been a knowing that some day I would become a Buddhist, but was really hesitant in joining anything organized.
So...after attending many services, classes and even a pot luck dinner or two, I finally felt assured that it would be different this time and joined.