My last name is Hage, and I'm from Brazil - so, forgive me if I am changing the order of the words or if I am writing something wrong, I have studied English just for 2 years.
Then, besides improving my English (lol), I hope I can know a lot of people here and discuss about Buddhism!
Being buddhist in Brazil is still something new, specially of Theravada, I think it is the school less divulged here. Besides it, I live in a small city, without Buddhist centers - perhaps I needed a little more Karma? lol, this is a joke - or not [?]
So, I didn't go to a buddhist center yet, and now I am buddhist for a year just from studies from the internet, but it is being good for develop the fator of Investigation for myself lol...
Well, I was born on a christianity Family, but God never was something clear to me, I decided to forget this thing and focus on my mind. Since my six, seven years, I remember that I Always asked myself how it would be living in a forest? What is the difference between wisdom and intelligence? Sometimes I think I already was a buddhist at my last life, but this is just speculation of my part lol
So, last year, on my researches of religions, I liked Buddhism a lot. After studying a lot, I thought aboout choosing between Zen and Theravada, choosing this last one. My practice is not very 'correct' yet, a lot of times I became despondent, but I'm realizing that it is wrong effort of my part... Basically, I use the methods of Ajahn Brahm as ground for my practice, and I like to read the teachings of his máster, Ajahn Chah, even so Henepola Guratana, Ajahn Sumedho and some of others Masters including of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism and Taoísm.
I hope my English is enough to communicate with you. Please, say to me if it is good enough, if not, I will study a little more before coming back here hahaha xD
I am very grateful for who constructed this Fórum, I hope many living beings can use this with wisdom and compassion, as I will try to do.
Thank you for this opportunity
Metta from Brazil for all of you