Sawasdee from NE Georgia, USA. I am a 60 y.o. retiree that migrated to GA from Minnesota to be close to our sons. We frequent Wat Lao Buddha Sattha Dhamma, Alto, GA. I am a student of Dhamma and collect LP Thuad amulets, along with a few others. I got my start in Dhamma in 1998 on a trip back to Thailand to where I was during the Vietnam conflict. My wife is from the Isaan of Thailand and we returned to visit family and old friends. I had always been intrigued by the saffron-robed monks of Buddhism that I first saw in Vietnam and more so in Thailand. How could anyone be so calm and loving in such dire times? That question remained with me all of these years.
In 1999, I visited Wat Pa Ban That in Udon Thani, home of Luangta Maha Bua and I met Ajahn Pannavaddho Bhikkhu, an English monk that transcribed the Thai works of Luangta Maha Bua into English. He gifted me with four books of Dhamma then and I have been studying and practicing ever since. I have revisited that wat on each subsequent visit back to the Isaan. I last saw Ajahn Pannavaddho in 2003 and he passed away in 2004. I go back to pay homage to he and to Luangta. My last visit was April of 2012.
I hope to learn more of Buddhism in the USA on this forum. I also hope to meet other Western practitioners here. Chok dee.