Area location: Country with Optional State, Province etc.
NW Texas, USA
Why I wish to join The Temple & how I found out about it...
I heard about this site in a facebook group on Zen. It seems to be a place where all differences in belief are respected. I am basically Zen, but like to investigate other spiritual philosophies as well. I believe that we can all learn from each other as long as we respect each others' beliefs.
About Myself & My Interests..
I'm into some Zen Philosophy but mostly Ancient Egyptian spirituality, -- Wepwawet is my tutelary deity. And I also am very much interested in Heremeticism, Gnosis, shamanism, and the spirituality of Atlantis. I'm a French & Spanish translator. My natve languages are French and English. I also know Classical Latin and I just love that language. I also am an animal rights advocate (I used to work as a paralegal.) I'm a friend to all animals. May all sentient beings be happy and free!
My Teachers & Influences, What was it about them that influenced me?
Thich Nhat Hanh has been the greatest influence on me. His teachings changed my life for the better. He teaches "interbeing" -- that we are all interconnected. Separateness is an illusion. He has taught me so much about making compassion the motivating force in my life.
Authors and/or Books I appreciate
Thich Nhat Hanh, HH The Dalai Lama, OSHO, Seung Sahn, Rumi. I devour books and have so many favourites...a few are: Being Peace, The Zen Compass, Zen Flesh Zen Bones, Path of the White Wolf, Surmonter les emotions destructrices, Zen Graffiti, Le sens de la Vie, There is no God and He is Always with you!, Is nothing something?, La Pyramide Cosmique, The Celtic Otherworld, Quan Yin Speaks, No Mud No Lotus; Muata Ashby's books on Kemetecism, The Path of Hermes Trismegiustus, The Theban Oracle, Wisdom of Ptah-Hotep; The Sirius Mystery; my list of favourite books goes on forever...ad infinitum.
Musicians and/or Music I appreciate
I play the flute and piano. I love music with a passion. I like something from almost all genres of music. I guess my favourties right now are The Texas Tornados, Falco, Classical Music, Flogging Molly, The Pogues, ELO, Native American Flute Meditation Music, Sinead O'Connor...the list goes on and on.
Films and/or Film-Makers & Actors I appreciate
Kundun. The Word of My Perfect Teacher. I'm not a huge film aficionado.
Artists and/or Art I appreciate
Vincent van Gogh, Ancient Egyptian art, calligraphy