I have been directed to this board because I am leaning to the Theravada "style" in my beginning buddhist practice, so I hope to learn a lot here and find some help for my practice as well as help out as good as I can with what little experience I have gained in the matters of the dhamma
I am from Germany (the RP/NRW area, if anyone is familiar with the region) and have been reading up, listened and looked into Buddhist teachings for the past 2 years. I feel I am "getting" some of what I have read and found out, but I am definitely work in progress, as far as my Buddhist inclinations go. I have been able to relate best to the teachings I have read and listened to from the likes of Ajahn Brahm, Ajahn Munindom as well as Josef Goldstein; I am mostly following the BSWA and UK streams instead of any local German sangha.
One reason is that there seems a more widespread interest in Tibetan buddhism in Germany which Ifind less appealing in style (I seem to have an aversion against rituals, I guess). And the only Theravadin centers seem to be located in the South of Germany (which is quite a way from where I live).
But this is mostly logistics; more crucial is my seeming inability to relate to Buddhist teachings in German language. Stuff that seems intuitively understandable to me in English seems total incomprehensible to me if I try it in German. I have always suspected that I must have been some British native in a past life-time. So I always have to fall back to English sources.
So, I will have to make use of modern technology to support my practices, I guess. Hopefully I will find a nice international community here that can relate to this
Hope to read, write and learn more here