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Offline KarmaDrakpaYeshe

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Well travelled young american aficionado
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:44:56 pm »
Hi Im Dan
I became interested in Buddhism when I was about 12 reading Herman Hesse's Siddhartha. Then I learned more about it in school, and finally visited Japan at 16 where I bought a copy of "The teachings of Buddha" from the japanese buddhist association. My intrigue grew through all this, and as the years passed I yearned for the Himalayas and to learn about Buddhism. Finally after saving money, and against the wishes of all I left for India to study Tibetan in Darjeeling. I was 19 then. Ended up staying in asia for about a year and and a half. I travelled around and visited and stayed in various monasteries and ashrams, studied at the Rangjung Yeshe's bachelor program for a semester or two, and did some retreats in the Himalayas. I do feel I have gained tremendously in insight and knowledge and have a lot to share. I don't feel like I know it all, nor would I call myself a master. I have become acquainted with a good number of traditions, and have been fortunate to meet many great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, and other eastern traditions over there. Went back once for about six months with more emphasis on studying/practicing Hindu traditions.

Anyway happy to be here, that's my buddhist history. I've done a bit around the USA too but not much. I live back in the USA now.  Just thought I could find a place to offer what I learned after all that travelling and study. Good places to go, people to meet, etc for those interested. Hoping to contribute somehow, and i'm not to arrogant to think I don't need to learn something here too!


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