Firstly, let me say I'm so pleased to have found this forum
Secondly, a little about me. I've been a practicing Buddhist since 1996 with my journey taking me to Dharamsala, India to spend 6 months teaching Tibetan refugees (including the monastic community) English while immersing myself in both the Indian and Tibetan spiritual culture. While not the Theravada tradition, my greatest reward was being present in the company of HHDL.
It's actually only since that part of my journey that I realised that my heart found a home in the Theravada tradition.
I am also an avid Vipassana practitioner and have a deep interest in the practical application of Buddhism in modern mental health programs particularly relating to the treatment of anxiety and depression.
I'm here because I want to further explore my desire to move into the next stage (which feels quite natural to me now) of Ordination.
Namaste and be happy