When I lived in Malaysia awhile back I was asked by a friend to visit a Buddhist Temple. Being from Canada and brought up Catholic, I was a little apprehensive at first. I knew absolutely nothing about Buddhism except one of my favourite music CD's was Smilin' Buddha Cabaret by 54-40 and had a very happy Buddha on the cover.
Once we drove closer I could see the distinct shape of the temple nestled amongst some residential homes. It was beautiful, surrounded by lush trees and the most incredible plants. As I entered the temple, the sweet smell of burning incense and the sight of a large gold Buddha gave me a complete sense of serenity. I then noticed a few Monks walking quietly around and I couldn't help but follow their every step. It was the most amazing experience I had known.
When I came back to Canada I deeply missed Malaysia. It was my home for 2 years. With my interest in Buddhism still peaked, I read books and took a meditation course. But over the years, my differing interests slowly pushed Buddhism out of my life.
Recently I found one of my books on Buddhism mixed in with a stack of old things. Almost very night when my kids are asleep I turn on my tiny headlamp and start to rekindle my interest in Buddhism a few pages at a time.
I will be posting about all kinds of things I enjoy watching, eating, doing etc. not just Buddhism stuff.