Hello all, I know I'm taking a risk by posting a thread on religion; so hopefully this won't escalate into something controversial. Anyways, I've become increasingly interested in Buddhism. (I'm currently a Unitarian Universalist) While I'm not an existentialist, I do hold some existentialist views that border on Buddhist philosophy. I find that many of my own personal philosophies are very close to zen philosophies, and I've been basically practicing a lot of Buddhism without placing a label on any of it. I find that I'm a much more happy person by trying not to identify myself and my ego in society. I'm much more happy to enjoy simple things in life, and I'm driven by career and relationship goals because I find than personally fulfilling. I'll be majoring in pysch, so I find transcendalist and the ability to consciously alter one's alpha waves fascinating, from a scientific stand-point. I've always been a rather ascetic person, so losing attachment to wordly possessions isn't a big deal for me. *LOL* I was wondering if any Buddhists on the board could share their ideas on the belief system. How did you find Zen? How has it helped you find peace in your life? What do you think about the "trendiness" that surrounds Buddhism? Do you find your Mahavishnu Orchestra albums more satisfying. Thank you very much, and let's please keep everything civil.