This chapter introduces the interview participants and follows the stories of six who were introductory meditation students at Friends of the Heart and Chandrakirti Centre. It focuses on their answers to questions such as: how did you become interested in Buddhist practice or in meditation? Why did you enrol in a meditation class? The stories express some of the very first encounters with Buddhist teachings and practices that participants had, describing some of their earliest learning about the tradition. The chapter also explores respondents' perspectives on religion, and on participating in a religious or spiritual community. Through these stories, the chapter establishes participants' motivations for attending the classes and thus their earliest learning objectives.
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