Jan 17, 2010 09:37 AM
Hi, my name is Clint, I'm a Pure Land Buddhist from Oklahoma City, a failed Co-Mason/Non-Theist/Heathen/Rosicrucian/Regular Mason and lots of other things that never caught on but at least I wasn't willing to just read about them and act like I know what I'm talking about. There are few things I claim to believe with any sort of consistency, even harboring doubts about some sort of Supreme Being, but some things have stuck out over the years as experiential truths in my life, and one of those is the existence of Masters who really do want to help and give you a little push in the right direction. Despite my innate skepticism, I find myself interested in Theosophy, and find HPB and her friends to be utterly compelling folks, even if I can't help suspecting that The Lady had a streak of the very best, and profoundly beneficial, charlatan; for all True Gurus know how to put on a show, and all real Initiates know how--or must be forced to learn--to separate the Moon from the Finger That Points.
So I'm here to have a look around and hopefully learn something; I've always found Theosophists to be very congenial and kind people, if a bit insular in interests and taste. I know for sure that I don't have even a sliver of The Answers, but that's OK; I'm always willing to be surprised, educated, and schooled. The question is, where and how do I start? What exactly do y'all do besides read books and sit around and tell each other how inspired you are? Not trying to be cute, just curious what happens besides visiting and chatting and vegetarian lasagne when Theosophists gather together, if that's something y'all can even share.
I do have the very humbling honor of claiming Martinist Initiation, which to me is one of the most treasured and precious of connections I have ever been offered by "Amida Buddha's Grace", in my personal religious language. I've learned more before the 3L* than almost anywhere and anything else I've ever gotten myself into.
That's about it for now, thanks for reading.
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