My name is Sam, but some of my friends call me "Samwise." I'm a bit of a Buddhist/Poet/Writer/Philosopher/Social Worker person.
I would describe myself as kind, loving, compassionate, honest, patient, warm, open and sometimes scholarly. I can get very anxious at times or down. I tend to think deeply, but also try to be a warm and friendly influence. I would never claim to be perfect; I'm a human being. I'm my own worst critic more often than not.
I've traveled a bit; I've been to China, Tibet, Japan and England so far. I visited China and Tibet in middle school, Japan as part of a college Art History class on Buddhist and Shinto art and architecture, and England to meet my Spiritual Guide, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and receive teachings from him. Most recently, I went to New York for a meditation retreat at an International Buddhist Festival.
I love tea, especially Japanese greens, Taiwanese oolongs, and pu'er (aged tea). I am also a fan of incense and aromatherapy :-)
"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso
I tend to be an idealist and believe in peace, compassion, and the power of the human mind. I sometimes have trouble living up to my ideals (again, the human being thing). I'm not preachy, though, I just try to do my best. I consider myself a LGBTQ ally, a feminist, and a champion of human rights.
Politically, I'm solidly in the left. I am for anything that reduces suffering and promotes peace and harmony. I also see the immense importance of caring for the environment. This is our only home, after all. I believe that everyone has the right to live a full and happy life with food, medicine, shelter, care, dignity and love.
I love to write poetry; I've actually self-published two books for the Kindle.
I try to transform whatever life brings so that I may learn from the experience and grow as a person.
"We sit, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains." - Li Po