Hi my names Chloe. My mom is Thai/Lao/Chinese; but born and raised in Battambang, Cambodia. My dad is Mexican-American. He became a Buddhist when he was dating my mom. I was born and raised in Theravada Buddhism - the kind which is practiced in Thailand and Cambodia. But my great grandmother is Lao/Thai and my great grandfather is Teochew Chinese so we have certain Chinese Buddhist aspects in our Buddhism not "orthodox" to Theravada
such as burning ghost money to your ancestors etc. My gramma is Thai/Lao/Chinese and my Grandpa is Khmer/Teochew Chinese.
I live out here in California where I was born and raised. I'm under 25 years old and over 20. I never really bothered to study or look into my Buddhism growing up. But recently for a few years I've been taking a closer look at Buddhism. I have a large amount of natural resources when it comes to learning about Buddhism because a lot of my grandfathers [grandpa and his brothers and cousins] are monks. I had a great grand father who was a late Preah Samdach Sang of the Tammayut Sangha in Thailand who past away in the 90's.
So for the past few years I've been reading whatever I can find of books from the Tipitakas, and learning what I can from the monks in my family. Most - if not all - of the monks in my family come from the Forest Tradition of Theravada, which is something I really like. The greatest aspect I love about Theravada is Vibhajavada.
I thought I'd come hang out with you guys and see if I can learn something new, and maybe impart what insights I might have as well. If you are Thai, Lao, Khmer, Chinese, or Mexican - holla at a sista
I only speak Khmer though, some Spanish, and some Thai: my grandparents never taught us [me and my cousins or my mom her siblings] Thai and Lao. American English is my first language, which I have a high command of