Fierce Flawless (coldspider13) wrote in anaishikawa,
Fierce Flawless

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hello everyone, I just joined this community and thought that I would introduce myself. my name is Julie, I am 23 years old, and I live in Chicago, IL. I go to Columbia College and I'm majoring in Illustration. I used to be a Graphic Design major and still have somewhat of an interest in that as well. I have become interested in Buddhism in the past 7 or 8 months, and I feel that the spiritual path for me definitely involves Buddhism as its center. I'm not learning as quickly as I could be, because I have trouble finding the time to really delve into all the books on Buddhism and Zen that I have acquired over the past severl months, but the more I find out, the more I love it. I was raised Catholic, but Buddhism just calls to me- I have never found another belief system that chimes so closely with my inner harmony.

I'm joining this community to get more perspective and knowledge on Buddhism and perhaps a little help along the way. This looks like a great place, and I can't wait to meet and start talking with some members. That's all for now, but I will be back and posting soon!

peace and love~

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First, welcome!

I'm not a big poster in this community and in fact I'm in the process of rediscovering my own faith.

I hope my advice is good for you on this and I've gone through it worrying about buying books and going on retreats. I own a lot of books and spent a lot of money on them. My advice is don't worry about it. Books on Buddhism are the same thing and it's like going in a circle sometimes. I will tell you just 2 books you should buy if you are truly interested in Buddhism. That is Thich Nhat Hanh's "Being Peace" and "The Miracle Of Mindfulness", those should give you enough fuel for practice and they are cheap books, I assure you that. You can get those 2 anywhere books are sold.

Familiarize yourself with the 4 noble truths, and then the eightfold path and just use those.

I'm learning that I wish I would have done this long ago than wasting time with reading.