Hello to all of the participants in this forum. Thank you for the opportunity to practice right speech and for the support of admirable friendship. I have not participated in online discussion forums of this sort before. Dhamma Wheel showed up on a number of my searches for information about the Buddhist path, and I found some of the discussions to be quite helpful. I also saw some other discussions where it seemed I could return that favor, so I created an account and began to participate.
I've been interested in the study and practice of the Dhamma and Vinaya for about twelve years now, but often with lapses in practice and lack of persistence. During this time I have been an avid reader but not always such an avid practitioner. I have benefited greatly from the plentiful free material at Access to Insight
and many printed works such as the sutta translations by Bhikkhu Bodhi. My experiences with Buddhism thus far have all been in California, USA where I live as a householder. My first experience of practice was with zazen instruction at a small Zen temple, followed by a period of intensified practice and then a period of reduced practice. Later, I attended a Tibetan temple for a short period accompanied by a period of intensified practice and again followed by a period of reduced practice. Later still, I decided that the practice was important enough that a lack of local community should not be a cause for complacency. Thus I returned to regular practice. During this entire time I have had an interest in discovering the path taught by the Buddha and have found the suttas to be an invaluable resource. In recent years I have also benefited greatly from listening to and reading the Dhamma talks and essays from the lineages of students of Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta.
May you all be happy, well, safe, and free from suffering.