Who am I?
I remember when I first started practicing, I was the most upright practicioner. I’d prefer to die from exploding rather than fart in a meditation hall. I read an interview with Pema Chodron who spoke of being a really horrible meditator and it really helped to take the pressure off (literally). It helped me realize that I don’t have to put on a front as some kind of SuperBuddhist. I can relax. Be human. Work with situations.
I was born in the 70’s and remember as a wee one owning a red wooden Buddha that I received as a freebie from a visit to the Palace Grill Chinese food restaurant. I mainly used to chew on it and it left a pink splotch on my face. From this experience, I can certainly attest that the first contact with the Buddha can be quite memorable and will leave a mark.
In university, I developed an increased taste for Buddhism and began to read up all I could on Buddhism of all flavours. After a period of going it on my own and reading everything I could get my hands on, this little solitary practitioner began to study first with Shambhala International and subsequently with Nalandabodhi.
I’m a longtime blogger, tweeter and devourer of Buddhist podcasts who is tremendously interested in the intersection of the triple jewels with the online world. I’m really seeking to maintain balance in spending time online and on the cushion but I do find it difficult to resist the Mara-like temptation of my Mac.