Thanks for your kind email and for sending the money so quickly. I spoke to my mom and she had deposited it for me. I hope you are adjusting to life back in Toronto. I hope it didn't take too long to find a job that you like.
To answer your questions, I got interested in Buddhism through a public talk given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Chicago. I was completely caught by surprise by how much admiration I felt for him, and how much what he said made sense to me. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak I'd highly reccommend it.
Things are great here at the monastery. My teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, just left after being here for a month. It was a really inspiring time. Now things are settling down into a more quiet routine for the summer.
For better or worse, the schedule does not allow much time for emailing here as we are quiet focused on our study and practice, but I wanted to thank you and to let you know that I was so glad I met you on the plane. Isn't it interesting how quickly people can come to feel like old friends? Must be karma. Anway, perhaps our paths will cross again some day, but if not, it is nice knowing that you are out there doing your part to make your corner of the world more beautiful. Best of luck!