I am very new, not only to the forum but to the world of Buddhism altogether. I dabbled as one might say, but I've never really brought myself to fully embrace the path. That is until now. I am 25 years old, and a member of the United States Navy. I have previously been to college for journalism and I hail from the state of Washington. My first experience with Buddhism was at said college when I was honored to experience a Mandala viewing. The impression these humble beings left on me was subtle at first, but the more I thought about it over the years the more intrigued I became. I couldn't shake their unearthly voices when they sang, it was almost as if I were a tuning fork and the vibrations of their prayers were still felt years later. Never have I felt such peace, such clarity. Even in the chaotic and sometimes stressful world of the military I have found a sense of profound calm. I sought out this discussion board simply to find like minds, as the support for Buddhist belief here is a bit lacking. I am very happy to be here and look forward to discussing many interesting things. If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask.