A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Preamble about goal of blog

For times of tranquilityThis blog will allow me to express my daily thoughts, as I balance my life with my beliefs. It’s not as much about my beliefs changing as taking inventory of them and working on following them.  Over the last few years, I have become more of an environmentalist, reducing my footprint as I walk the path of my life. My spiritual beliefs have shifted as well. I grew up with a mixture of Christian, Buddhist, Confucianism, and Taoist beliefs, with a respect for all other beliefs. I am not preaching to convert anyone, rather expressing what I believe and find works for me. Perhaps this eclectic group of influences is due to my heritage of Chinese and Ukrainian, and being raised in western Canada. I think I should also point out, that as I walk my path, my views and understanding will deepen. Think of it as a journey, where I am walking towards Nirvana. I have the map that Buddha gave us to point the way. However as each of us walks our own path, my journey is my own. Different sights, people I meet, signs along the way will influence my path. These places where my progress slows, or I detour do not change the ultimate destination, just the pace at which I reach it. The topics I discuss here each day, will not necessarily follow a linear path, nor will they always be what I am studying, rather what is at the top of my mind, recently discussed with friends, or drawn from the daily news.


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