December 3, 2017 was a very auspicious day for me. I will remember it as the day that I finally became a “real” Buddhist, never mind that I have been doing some of the work on my own for over a decade.
What do I mean that I became a “real” Buddhist? I mean, I had previously spoken the formula for taking refuge, only alone and in the privacy of my own home. It’s kind of hard to take refuge in the sangha with little or nothing in the way of sangha, so for the longest time, I dealt with imposter syndrome… I claimed it, but I didn’t feel it.