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risinglight
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Greetings & questions

Postby risinglight » Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:18 am

Hi everyone,

I recently started to explore Buddhism and other spirituality practices and am so glad I found this forum. You all seem like nice people, and I'd love to get some help from you as I'm very new to Buddhism. Some of my questions are:

Do you know of any good resources for a beginner to learn more about or practice Buddhism? I prefer books but other venues (websites, podcasts, etc.) are welcome too.
How did everyone get started with practicing Buddhism?
Do you meditate? If so, what has helped you with it and what have you found to be most difficult with meditation?

Thank you for any answers that you can give me. I look forward to learning more from this board.

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Ben
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Re: Greetings & questions

Postby Ben » Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:34 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Greetings & questions

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:44 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: Greetings & questions

Postby Coyote » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:56 pm

Hello risinglight!

I'd like to specifically recommend the http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ website as it has loads of really interesting articles and information on it.

As for your questions: I became interested in Dhamma because after much searching it is the only teaching that speaks to my experience of reality. It is very practical, and you can see its benefits almost immediately and in every situation.
I am only a beginner in meditation so the hardest thing for me is getting the energy and motivation to practice, and then not to be distracted. Also not perpetuating unwholesome when it arises.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
Iti 26

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Re: Greetings & questions

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:02 pm

Welcome!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
-Dhp. 183

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Re: Greetings & questions

Postby cooran » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:03 am

Welcome risinglight! :group:

with metta
Chris
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Greetings & questions

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Re: Greetings & questions

Postby SarathW » Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:33 am

Welcome!
This book changed my life.
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/buddh ... gsurw6.pdf
-read from chapter 15
-Hardest thing for me is to practice what I learn and implement them in a day to day basis. :)
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”


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