Holly

Holly

I came across the Dharma at the Nottingham Buddhist Centre in 2012, where I attended a drop-in meditation class. I leant the Mindfulness of Breathing and experienced a level of calm, spaciousness and simplicity that I had never encountered before. I also encountered the richness of the Sangha, with such warmth, friendliness and an inspiration for another way of living I had not found anywhere else. They had something that I felt the lack of not having, though I couldn't put my finger on what that was. Coming across the Dharma felt like a coming home to myself. Teachings and truths I knew deep down but didn't have a context to realise or express them in. It all made so much sense! Why didn't we all live in line with these truths already? They seemed so obvious! 

After studying and living on a 5 month intensive Dharma course with 7 other young women from around the world and realising the benefits of a life based around Dharma practice, I finally reached a decision to want to commit myself more fully. I decided to let go of an Acting career which had been my main focus and my one passion for 16 years. It wasn't that I couldn't do both, have a career and be a practising Buddhist, it was that I didn't want to anymore. Acting was about connecting with beauty, truth, understanding and how beings are ultimately the same. Practising the Dharma felt a simpler and much more enjoyable way to live by that. Working and living with others full time felt like a natural progression and in January 2018 I moved to Taraloka to take up role of Housekeeper. I feel very grateful to be part of a lineage which helps women contact the Buddha's teachings and transforms their lives.