Hi all. Glad to have found this place.
My interest in buddhism actually started about ten years when I read a copy of Herman Hesse's, "Siddartha". That started me on the odyssey of reading different books by different teachers and attending Mahayana groups in my area. I still didn't feel like I was getting anywhere or rather, that those teachings/style did not speak to me in a way that I could feel with certainty that, 'this was it'.
I had heard about the Pali Canon and really wanted to study it - read the words without someone reinterpreting them for me via the hundreds of commentary / guidance books out there. I stumbled upon Access for Insight and from there, ordered some of the translations of the Pali Canon from Wisdom Publications. There isn't a Theravada group in my area so I've been muddling along on my own for the past two years or so. There is a local Sri Lankan group held by a laywoman that I've gone to a few times but it's mostly run as a cultural / social group and I really, really want to learn as much as I can and as deep as I can.
So, that being said..I'm here to learn and keen on it.
Thanks for having me.