Hello, my name is Renata, and I adopted Buddhism as a way of life in 2007. After completing my graduate degree in Plant Biology, I began a teaching post-doc position at a large university on the east coast in 2013. My husband and I have been married since 2011, always learning from one another as we enjoy our time together. Though I have learned and accomplished a lot in my current teaching position, exciting new things are on the horizon, and so it will soon be time to switch gears!
I 'discovered' Buddhism totally by accident. After gaining some knowledge about Buddhism, I wanted to share my thoughts with others- and continue to learn more. Here at ByChanceBuddhism, I write about my spiritual journey and also hope to share the practical and spiritual wisdom of others.
Another goal of BCB is to discuss and advocate simple living, which I think is closely tied to Buddhism. There is nothing wrong with ownership and ambition, but having a simpler approach to one's possessions can free up a lot of valuable energy and potential. I am currently seeking to resolve my own struggle between material desires and contentment through thrift, gratitude, and mindfulness.
I want to write about Buddhism and living simply because I feel passionate about these topics, and have found that incorporating these into my life have been of huge emotional, psychological, and spiritual benefit. Through my writing, I hope to share these benefits with others.
As for the 'rest' of me, I love yoga, cooking, reading, science, decorating, hiking, and going to museums and botanical gardens with my husband. My short term goals are to learn Tamil (my husband's native language), meditate more consistently, and to become more in tune with the natural rhythms of life.
May all beings be happy!