About me

Someone asked me to write an “ABOUT ME” page and so I decided to oblige. This is a bit of a challenge since there is a lot I don’t know where to start.

I’m an Indian-American dude (as in from India) who was born and raised in New England, a region in the Northeast of the United States of America. I was raised in a Hindu household, yet later became a Buddhist. On that note, that’s when things get a bit complicated. I was a Nichiren Buddhist in the Soka Gakkai International. Didn’t like the organization after awhile. After a really dark time in my life, I got into Zen. I still like Zen, but I have yet to get back to practicing it. I tried to get myself back into it time and time again. Sometimes I could, sometimes I couldn’t. I also tried to practice Nichiren Buddhism a few times as an independent, but could never stick to it thanks to my less than enjoyable experience in the SGI. Nowadays, I practice Pure Land until I am in a time and space to get back into Zen.

Also I used to teach English in China, South Korea, and Thailand. I am also shooting to go to Taiwan.

That being said, I do respect all forms of Buddhism, yes even Nichiren at times. I also find myself incorporating a lot more of the Hindu philosophy and teachings here and there.

This comes to why I am writing in this blog. At first I was going to practice both Zen and Nichiren Buddhism and write about it here. I also wanted to provide a more independent voice to the Nichiren practice. You type Nichiren Buddhism on Google or Bing and you will get sites and videos from the Soka Gakkai point of view 90% of the time. There is a very small chance you will come across someone who practices Nichiren Buddhism, but doesn’t agree with everything from the Soka Gakkai.

That being said, I basically stopped Nichiren practice for now. Of course, I made another failed attempt at Zen. Nowadays I experiment with various self-development courses that are floating in the ether. I finished the Master Key System. I attempted E. Thomas Hamblin’s Dynamic Thought Course, which I might get back to later. Now I am attempting Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World course.

But since I have no one else to talk to about my other interests, I also like to talk about martial arts (my favorite one being Taekwondo), fitness in general, and even books on an occasion. Right now I am heavily focused on the Chinese exercise system known as qigong. One of these days I want to talk about movies.

As you may have noticed, I don’t put up a picture of myself nor my actual name. That’s because I want to keep myself as anonymous as possible so I can speak my truth. No I am not a racist, homophobe, transphobe or whatever. It’s just that when people in my life find out certain parts about me, they may get a bit leery. I’ve had others think that just because I believe in Buddhism, for example, I want others to believe. That is furthest from the truth. Whenever I tell people I don’t care if they have a religion or not, they think I am a liar. Some people make assumptions and fight to the death for them. I even got personally attacked at a Law of Attraction site when I expressed that we should never blame the victim when things go bad.

So yeah, there ya go. This is all I can write about myself so far. I might change this in the future.

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