Joe D(aka Ferox) here from New Jersey,USA, glad to be here and looking forward to exploring the dhamma with you all. I'm a 33 year old lay disciple and I took the refuge and precepts near on five years ago on vesak 2008 although I'd suspect like most I've come to feel that I was a Buddhist my whole life and didn't realize it until I found Buddhism and in particular Theravada.
I work for child protective services in my state and recently started my own photography business. I don't have a real life sangha close to me( I visit NJ Buddhist Vihara in Princeton which is an hour from me, Bodhi Monastery which is about two hours, and Bhavana Society in West Virginia which is 5 hours) and I'm the only Buddhist I know in my daily life. I am a member of the virtual sangha of "The Buddha Center" on the virtual online world Second Life(as Ferox) and I do some work there.
my practice has increased and progressed over the years, I started meditating almost 10 years ago however I would say I never really put in the practice and started to "get anywhere" until the last year. I've started going to meditation retreats(3 day at Bodhi Monastery and 5 day at Bhavana Society) and through real life and virtual world contact with monastics and teachers I feel I am on the right path. for a few years now there has been a growing feeling inside of me towards entering the homeless life and as the years have gone by the pull only gets stronger, I feel at this point that it is inevitable I will enter into the homeless life and it's more a question as to when then if. That is one topic I hope to explore with all of you here, among many others.
once again, great to be here and I look forward to meeting everyone.
-just one more being treading the ancient path of Dhamma-