I'm a gardener by trade and live in England.
I'm basically where I'm at thanks to watching Bill Hicks in the early 90s...
'...all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration...that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather...'
I've spent the last 6 years investigating a number of buddhisms- bouncing from Therevada, Soto Zen, a brush with a certain Tibetan-based controversial group, until ending up reading a lot of Shinran's work and modern books on his writings.
Unfortunately I just can't readily buy into the concepts of Anatman and Dependent Origination after all that time. The last 5 months I've really struggled with these to the point where something just went 'pop!' and I know it's time to move on. I have got a lot out of Buddhadharma but if you really struggle with these 2 cornerstones of the philosophy I think it's time to admit you're wired up more for advaita-stylee.
Prior to that I'd been initially impressed and then massively nonplussed by a number of fairly well-known modern Non-Dualists, to the point of going on weekend retreats, lectures, etc that for the most part seemed a bit of a swizz to me.
I've also been re-reading some Dao books I bought years ago too... they seem to have more resonance now, either because I'm older and/or thanks to the Buddhist immersion.
I'm currently looking at some 'traditional' advaita books and websites and am finding the work of Dennis Waite refreshing and hugely beneficial.
I've been not-very-good at zazen, vipassana and other meditation techniques that I've tried and I'm deliberating on whether or not to pursue TM. (Looks like over here you can get quite a big £ discount if you book a course with a letter from your Doctor).
I found 'naturally 'zoning out'' in gardens, parklands, woods and even watching the clothes go round in the washing machine more beneficial to any structured form of meditation I've tried so far.
Yes, I'm probably an idiot but I'm enjoying the ride!