Buddhism is not a one stop trick. It is not an overnight destination. It is about the journey. There are so many people who believe in order to be a Buddhist, it incurs all of these different requirements.
The journey of a Buddhist is within. So at times, the outside eye may not understand nor know your personal journey with Buddhism.
Honestly what I have learned from encountering Buddhist from all over the world is, Buddhism is a large field of energy. You use the energy as a source for what works for you. I have met Buddhist in London, India and The USA....all have different journey's.
Some people practice meditation, yoga and small forms of Buddhism.
Some people chant.
For me, I needed clarity.
I needed to calm down. Detach from the 9-5 job and vicious cycle of city life.
I needed to understand that my purpose was more than just a cycle.
Rewind to 2014, I was chaotic, selfish at times, worrisome and overworking my body.
Once I quit my salary job, my journey began.
In the last two years I have made so much traction. There are still things I am working on like attachment, reactions and keeping balance. For the most part I have made so much traction. I have solidified my being, so no matter what, I will be able to find my way back to the center. Even when I get off path a little, I can find my way back.
The beautiful thing about Gautama Buddha, was that he understood that we had to face realistic things in life like work, love , unforeseen events. So he has guided us with principle on how to work through those emotions and how to control your reactions.
I know now more about myself, my feelings, and how I affect the people around me.
I know what matters and what doesn't. And yes some times I lose sight , but meditation and mental breaks help me to get back.
I also learned that people do not understand Buddhism or spirituality, are skeptical, and they have a negative outlook, should not be apart of your spiritual journey.
Its been a journey. I have learned a lot and l look forward to my continued journey of enlightenment.