My name is Brendan Swogger. I am an independent author and high school student in the historical town of Oregon City, OR. Another thing I am proud to be is a Buddhist. In the past, I had a very benefiting religious experience. In the midst of a flood of stress, drama, and tears between all of my dearest friends, I found that the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama reflected my feelings exactly on the situation. In my mind, there will always be bumps in the road. You just have to learn to accept them and move on. Nothing is permanent. I normally write horror stories, which is quite a contrast with the peace oriented material presented here, however I also like to speak on my innermost thoughts on certain issues. Whether it be something that is affecting the entire world, or something that only arises in my life, I enjoy presenting my thoughts and my solutions to the problems. Thus, I have created a separate website entitled “Thousand Candles”. The title is inspired by a quote from the Buddha himself:
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened
~ Happiness never decreases by being shared
I found this quote to fit perfectly with my aim for this blog. From this single candle, I hope to spread my thoughts and ideas to thousands, and provide a different perspective on issues that usually only gain one. I thank you for visiting, and I encourage you to comment and tell me your perspective on these issues as well. Namaste.