Hello all at Dhamma Wheel,
I'm new to this site. I was told about it through a celebrity I met at e-sangha (you know who you are). As I never formally introduced myself at e-sangha (or any other Buddhist forum for that matter) I feel perhaps it is now appropriate to do so.
My real name is Keith (but I've been known as Mawkish online since soon after I first started using the internet, some twelve or thirteen years ago. Long story why I chose that name, but it has always been appropriate). I have been studying and practicing Buddhism seriously since the end of 31st March 2008. although the more I study the more I realise that I'd been a 'Buddhist' all along (I'm sure a lot of people have that experience).
A little bit of background for you, my earliest memories are of me trying to figure out 'stuff'. It was my insatiable search for understanding (rather than knowledge) that lead me to science. Along the way, I thought I'd found the answer to 'stuff' in God (I joined the Salvation Army, became a soldier, etc etc etc), but in the end it didn't make sense to me and I left. So, my quest to understand 'stuff' has brought me to where I am now. I have a Masters degree in Physics and I am studying for a PhD... but more importantly, I have found that Buddhism seems to provide a wonderful path to help me figure out 'stuff'.
I'm sorry if this is all a bit ambiguous, but if I was to go into detail this post would have an ISBN number and be available in hardback from all good bookshops.
So, now, I follow Theravada Buddhism as closely as I can. I'm a beginner still, so go easy on me
Sorry for boring you all. I wonder, in what way does 'introducing yourself' reinforce the ego?