I confess to being a card carrying Theravadin.
I have spent time in Thailand, and ordained as a samanera, via a temporary ordination. I practice meditation as I've been taught by my Thai based teachers. I read the translations of the Pali Canon, from time to time (Thank you Thanissaro Bhikku and Bhikkhu Bodhi). I've been fortunate to study with and learn from a few excellent Thai and Western Bhikkhus in Thailand and here in the US. I read Dhamma Wheel almost each day, and each day reminded how privileged I am to be in the company of such learned folks on this site, from whom I have learned a lot.
I am, however, troubled these days by the lack of actual sangha in my region, other than the "internet Sangha," some Goenka groups, and the local Thai Wat. The Wat is a wonderful place, but is there to serve the Thai speaking community in my area. I love the Forest Tradition ( to me it is the heart of Buddhist tradition), but admit to being someone that also enjoys (and needs) the company of others and the activity of being in the community practicing, along with meditating, Metta.
So, while in disguise
, I am going to attend a Zen Sangha in my area. The members in this Sangha number in the hundreds. The Abbot is a learned fellow, teaches at a local university, and brings in other speakers to the Zendo from various Buddhist traditions. I am looking forward, in 2012, to getting away from my solitary meditation, and getting in the community and doing some engaged work. In other words, I wish to be surrounded by like minded peopleand to benefit from this community and interaction.
I will be a Theravadin, in the midst of a Mahayana camp. I hope I am not asked for my card.