Hi! My name is Aaron. My Dharma name is Shan Yin. I got this name after a refuge ceremony and taking refuge vows at a Chinese Mahayana Temple in Vancouver. It means compassionate cause. I am an old veteran member of newbuddhist.com, but felt I don't have alot of common ground with most of the threads that are posted there. Also, I think that the Theravada school is right for me, with all deep respect I have for other schools. I have been on a retreat at a Theravada Hermitage, one month long. I struggle with mental health issues and am starting to hope I can overcome it.
I have just started meditating again, doing refuge and reciting precepts. What rocketed me into Buddhism was the book "Dharma Punx" by Noah Levine. Although at the start I felt like I got it, Buddhism for a while to me was a faith belief system.
I have come to this forum because I like to read, I like to learn, and I like encoutering like minded people.
Let's have fun!