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Hello ... A newbie question

Firstly, can I just say hello. I have been loosely following a Buddhist Path for the last few years, but after becoming ever more restless knew that my journey was not finished and after reading some literature started to chant the Mahamantra instead of mindfullness meditation; the effects were immediate. The problem I have id I live miles from my nearest centre and will probably find it very difficult to take any form of initiation in the future, so how necessary is initiation and is it possible to remain just as I am and visit the temple occasionally when I can/have the money to travel. Many thanks in advance ... Tony