Hi, I'm Saravya. (It's actually my last name) from sunny Southern California. I'm a new member here (obviously. hehe) and happy to see that it's a small group.
I came from e-Sanga, I joined there last month, but it's such a large group that it's sort of intimidating for me to join in on conversations. So, I'm very happy to see a small discussion forum for Theravada.
I'm also new to Buddhism. I've been reading up on the different traditions, and one of the reasons Theravada interests me is because it doesn't focus on rites and rituals. I do not believe in God...well, more accurately I cannot fathom the existence of a God. I have read through some of the Introductory resources in 'Discovering Theravada', however, that is a lot of text to read on a screen. It would be most appreciated if someone could suggest me some books on beginning Theravada, and anything else that anyone thinks would benefit me along the way. I'm very very new.
For a couple months now, I've made it a point to take into practice the 4 Noble Truth and Eight Fold Path along with Precepts. I even have it pinned up on my desktop as a reminder that I need to always be practicing this in everyday life. One thing I've left out is meditation. I haven't done it yet, I'm not sure how to do it.
I suppose some more reading is in the works for me.
Wow, I just realized that most new members post are short, and mine is kind of long...Hehe, sorry about that.
<--- Hahaha. I'm easily amused.