I've contributed a handful of posts, now here is a brief introduction!
I became interested in Buddhism around 8 years ago. Initially it was Tibetan buddhism (new kadampa tradition), however that didn't really suit me, and in the past year or so I have taken a stronger interest in Theravada. I still have some strong influences from Tibetan buddhism, but one by one I am finding the Theravadan equivalent, and modifying my mind and my practice. Thus concepts such as the jhanas, metta, etc are all relatively new to me, as are the suttas from the Pali Canon. Previously all my reading and practice was heavily influenced by NKT.
I live with my girlfriend and work full time. I don't have any practicing buddhist friends, but this doesn't really seem to cause me any problems. In fact, I lived in a NKT buddhist centre for around a year, several years ago, and living with other practitioners didn't necessarily help.
My main interests at present are:
- How can I apply a suitable level of structure to my practice?
- How might my meditation schedule look? What should I be meditating on?
- How can I make good progress whilst working full time?
- How might physical exercise and yoga be incorporated into my practice?
In addition I would like to get to know some fellow buddhists a little better. I'm a little bored of mundane conversation topics!
I have just started the Daily Dhammapada reading practice (4 days ago), and it has suited me so far.
I would be more than glad to answer any questions anyone may have regarding NKT or anything else of interest.
With much metta!