I'm from Pennsylvania (USA), just outside of Philadelphia. I am 47 years old, a recovering catholic (Agnostic).... I have been lost for sometime, and wanting very badly to find my inner most self. I have always been interested in the Buddhist "religion", and just recently out of nowhere saw a picture on my Facebook news feed that said, when you are ready, your teacher will present him/herself. Funny thing, I have a new neighbor that moved in just a few days prior, and one day I we saw each other and started to talk..... He is a Zen Buddhist! This was my sign, and now I am actively learning (practicing) Buddhism. I am excited, and I hope to glean a lot from this group.