Article Swap 2K11: Round One


It’s been a long time since the last article swap, so I thought it would be a great time to bring it back. Spring, for those of us in the US, is upon us and what better time than for the Article Swap to start blooming again.

This round will be a simple one, back to basics. You get paired up with someone, who’s article will be posted on your blog as a guest article. You choose the topic. It’s that easy!

The sign-ups begin now and will end in one week. The articles should be posted on May 1st. Sound Good? Who’s in?

“Full Contact” Interview w/ TMcG

The following interview was done with the fabulous TMcG (Tanya McGinnity) from the blog Full Contact Enlightenment. I’d give you a description and all that jazz, but the point to this round of the Article Swap is to get to know those in the blogosphere a little better. So without further ado…

PM: The most cookie-cutter of all questions, what and or how, did you get into Buddhism and meditation?

TMcG: I always felt that I was messed up from my first breath. I came out feet first and much too early. I grew into a short, nervous kid with thick glasses, buck teeth and divorced parents – all things that don’t bode well for an easy life.

As many ‘disaffected youth’ of my generation, I was seeking to escape from suffering in every way I could and never really came up with anything that could comfort me for any length of time. In university, through a philosophy class, I picked up a copy of “Siddhartha” and it blew my mind. Something just clicked and I felt like I had to dig deeper and investigate further. So many times, things fell apart in my life and I always looked outwards for the solution. So many times, I saw how I made things more complicated and more difficult by clinging, grasping or resisting and fighting. With Buddhism, it has a very non-bullshit approach for me to work on cleaning up my messes and not making things worse for myself – or others. It really helps me to better figure myself out and certainly provided me with a greater sense of responsibility and compassion – for both others as well as myself.

After university, I joined the Halifax Shambhala Centre where I set up a regular practice and became a bit more formally involved with Buddhism. After moving to Montreal, I continued with the local Shambhala group until discovering Nalandabodhi – the spiritual organization founded by Ponlop Rinpoche which has been my main study group for the past 4 years and where I’ve started to provide meditation instruction in the community.

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Article Swap: The Interview UPDATE

Seems like most people, myself included, are a bit busy and are behind in this. So, I am extending the post date to September 1st. Hopefully this gives everyone enough time to get the questions out and back in time. I’ve already got mine out to TMcG and received the questions back that I sent her. This is going to be an interesting, and learning experience. Can’t wait to see everyone’s!!!