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Hello from California
Hello! I first took refuge about 4 years ago which is the point when I became Buddhist. The intensity of my meditation practice is of a waxing and waning nature, but my refuge and respect in the Triple Gem is quite solid.

I don't follow a particular meditation tradition strictly nor have I in the past, but I certainly see the value in this. I could see myself practicing in a tradition on a retreat, when circumstances allow. My meditation practice is based on my understanding of suttas such as the Satipatthana and Anapanasati suttas as well as others.

My main special interest in Buddhism are the early texts, mainly the 4 main Nikayas. I've read all 4 in translation and am in the slow process of doing it again. The wisdom and means to practce Dhamma within them is immeasurable. One day I may even learn Pali to read them like that, but that may just be wishful thinking.  Smile

Thanks for inviting me here, Bhante Pesala.
Quote:One day I may even learn Pali to read them like that, but that may just be wishful thinking. 
It is not wishful thinking. Learning Pāḷi properly is a big undertaking, like learning to read and write in any new language, but it is not particularly hard to learn enough to follow the gist of a text. 

My knowledge of Pāḷi grammar is basic. I only studied a couple of books used in Sri Lankan schools: New Pali Course Part I and Part II. 

You will find An Exposition of the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta  and expositions of other key discourses on my web pages. If you want to delve a bit deeper, install the CST4 Tipitaka or look up words in the Pali Text Society Dictionary. I have added it as a search engine in my browser. You can even look up English words.
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