Hi I'm John. i am from Sydney, Australia and live currently in Victoria (another part of Australia). I have been seriously practicing Buddhism for about a year now and the dhamma has made a HUGE impact on my life - I am so thankful for it! i became interested due to the influence of my wife (a Mahayana Pure land Buddhist from China). I have spent a lot of time in China and I will probably return there soon. I try not to label my Buddhist practice, but i spend most time listening to Theravada teachings as they seem to be appropriate for me at this time. I am interested in all schools of Buddhism and sometimes saddened by the doctrinal debates that go on: seems like a waste of time to me. I am currently putting my focus on improving my meditation and cultivating the Brahmaviharas (Loving kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimty): as I have never been a person who empathized or cared much about others, to my shame. But I acknowledge that now and I'm trying
Look forward to talking to you all and learning from your collective wisdom as we all move forward on this beautiful path! Metta to all.