Why So Many Americans Are Turning to Buddhism by Olga Khazan
I find the timing of this article by Khazan in The Atlantic (linked to much farther below in this post) so interesting.
I just came across this article a few days ago, and for the last few months, I’ve been thinking about researching Buddhism more, and maybe taking up some of its practices.
(I do not intend on becoming a full-blown Buddhist, or identifying as a Buddhist, even if I may adopt some of its practices. I’m still at the research phase right now. Perhaps I will decide to have nothing to do with Buddhism after I look into things more. I don’t know.)
I once saw a documentary about singer Tina Turner a couple of years ago (yes, that Tina Turner).
According to this documentary, Turner was raised in Christianity but later converted to Buddhism in adulthood, when she was facing a lot of struggles, if I recall correctly. Her Wiki page says she practices Nichiren Buddhism.
I am interested in any practical teachings Buddhism may have, such as meditation, in dealing with things like anxiety.
I found no help in the Christian faith for anxiety and other problems I’ve had over the course of my life, which I wrote about in more detail in this post.
I was a very conservative, devout, run of the mill Christian from my childhood up to my 40s, and not only did Christianity not alleviate my problems, but it exacerbated some of them.