I read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse about 12 years ago because my high school English teacher was trying to save me from a downward spiral. It seems to have worked, because since then I searched lots of religions, settled on Buddhism a while back, and then practiced at a Zen temple for about six months before moving back to Sacramento, California and now I attend a multi-disciplined Buddhist sangha. I have since fallen in love with the Thai Forest tradition as espoused on Access to Insight.
I came to Dhamma Wheel because I have a long range goal of teaching the Dhamma, and I figured this would be good practice for understanding where a person is coming from, helping where I can, and sharing my own path with others. More than anything, I hope to learn some things that I can take to the cushion and turn into calm, wise, love. I'm excited to find this new venue to explore!!
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.