Thank you very much for creating this wonderful space.
I am a student of SN Goenka. I took my first 10-day course in 2004 after seeing Goenkaji speak in the United States during his tour here. I regard myself as a new "old student," and I recognize that I have much to learn.
My engagement with Buddhism predates my encounter with Goenka. Through marriage, I have direct, daily association with individuals (including my wife) who identify as Buddhist. I feel a strong affinity with many forms of Buddhism. I have deep respect for other traditions. I particularly appreciate Lojong mind training. In addition, Thich Nhat Hanh's writing touches me. Chanting Nam Myōhō Renge Kyō touches me. I can't fully explain or describe what moves inside me when I encounter these widely varied teachings. But I practice Theravadan Dhamma, at least as far as my determination at this stage takes me.
I am a father, a professional journalist and a small-business owner. I'm 42 years old. I've posted a few times on the other forum, and at times I've been argumentative, silly, irrelevant, uninformed or simply absent. But I recognize the hard work that Ben, Retro, Bhante and the others have given to that effort, and I value what all of you are trying to create here.