I'm very happy to have found a vibrant Theravada online community. I have almost entirely used the internet for dukka -- sexual desires, spending money, looking with greed hatred and delusion at the Facebook profiles of my friends and acquaintances. I have the intent to use the internet wisely.
I'm in my early 30s, and I'm a 3rd year medical student in New Orleans USA, my home town. I've been interested in meditation since I was 18, and I've been committed to daily meditation and changing my life though the Buddha's teachings for about one year. I went on my first retreat, with the Insight Meditation teacher Shaila Catherine, last New Year's, and this year I'm doing the same retreat and staying the full eight days instead of leaving after four. It's near Austin, TX.
I just started reading Sharon Salzburg's book on metta, and I am getting to know a Thai monk who lives at a brand new, small Thai Buddhist temple near New Orleans called Wat Wimuttayaram. I also sometimes attend an insight meditation class at an aikido studio on Magazine Street.
I don't know many people in my area who are serious about this practice, so I hope to make friends here!