Posted by Lozang on November 26, 1999 at 12:26:10:
I am relatively new to the Buddhist pratice, having taken "refuge vows" about 1 1/2 years ago and "pratimoksha vows" about 5 months ago, but since making the commitment to follow this path, I have become completely absorbed in it. It has become something which envenlopes every moment of my day. That's not to say that I do not have my moments where the three poisons afflict me, but they certainly are fewer and farther between than at any other time in my life. I recently began study, under my Spiritual Guide, of the Migtsema prayer and Ganden Lhagyama and must say that it is the most fulfilling practice I could imagine. I felt a very strong connection with it from the very first moment. Since I am still new to all of this, I am curious why, first of all I would feel so at home with Buddhism after having been raised in a Catholic home; and secondly why some practices seem more familiar to me than others. I understand that since we have all lived countless lives in the past, it is possible that we have experienced Buddha's teachings before. Is this to say that I learned these thing in a prior life and am just now becoming reaquainted with them? Please, if anyone can offer any explainations to this familiarity, I would greatly appreciate it. I am glad to have found a place where I can share my experiences with more than those in my immediate Dharma group and get a wider range of advice from the knowledge that is out in the cyber world.
Peace, prosperity, happiness, and compassion to all!
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