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Postby Welshmatt » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:04 pm

Hello I'm new to the forum and also to buddhism. I'm a 33 year old male, married with 3 children. For some years buddhism as always made sense to me and I've known for a while that It is what I want to do. I live in wales ( uk) and have struggled to find any meeting places so all I've been able to do is some research on the web. Any advice would be greatly appreciated? I. E websites , books and general advice on where to start my new path in life.

Many thanks

Matt

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Postby mikenz66 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:54 pm

Welcome WelshMatt!

I hope you can find some help and advice here. See, in particular:
Introductory resources
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148

You may find some groups in Wales using this Directory: http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/

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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:28 pm

Welcome Welshmatt!
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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Postby cooran » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:05 pm

Welcome to DhammaWheel!! :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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Postby Mkoll » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:44 pm

Welcome, Welshmatt!

:anjali:
Peace,
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Postby SarathW » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:45 pm

:hello:
Hi Welshmatt
Wellcome!

The following book is very helpful. Start from chapter 15.

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/buddh ... gsurw6.pdf

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Postby Taijitu » Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:22 pm

Hello! :hello:

I am new as well but my favorite Sutta that I always come back to is the Simile of the Saw or as I have been calling it the Smile of the Saw: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
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Unfettered at last, a traveling monk,
I pass the old Zen barrier.
Mine is a traceless stream-and-cloud life,
Of these mountains, which shall be my home?
Manan (1591-1654)

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Postby Welshmatt » Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:49 pm

Hi everyone,

Just read my first book- buddhism for beginners by Thubten Chodron! It was a great basic insight into buddhism , but I'm left with a few question..... How do I know which tradition is best for me to follow? I was told on another forum to read up and a few and that's the only way I will know where to go? I was also advised of a tradition to avoid! Any ideas on what follow up books would be best for me?

Thankyou all

Matt

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Postby culaavuso » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:54 pm

Welshmatt wrote:Hi everyone,

Just read my first book- buddhism for beginners by Thubten Chodron! It was a great basic insight into buddhism , but I'm left with a few question..... How do I know which tradition is best for me to follow? I was told on another forum to read up and a few and that's the only way I will know where to go? I was also advised of a tradition to avoid! Any ideas on what follow up books would be best for me?

Thankyou all

Matt


On the web, a lot of information is available at Access to Insight.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/

There is a lot of material there, including this introduction/outline of the Dhamma:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/

So far as books, Refuge by Thanissaro Bhikkhu is a good introductory book based largely on collected quotes from the Pali Canon.
It is also available for free online:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/refuge.html

So far as picking a tradition or a teacher, I think it might be useful to review the Buddha's advice to the Kalamas when they asked a similar question. I recommend reading the entire sutta, as it often has pieces quoted out of context which can lead to an incomplete understanding of what was taught.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.065.than.html
AN3.65: Kalama Sutta wrote:As they sat there, the Kalamas of Kesaputta said to the Blessed One, "Lord, there are some brahmans & contemplatives who come to Kesaputta. They expound & glorify their own doctrines, but as for the doctrines of others, they deprecate them, revile them, show contempt for them, & disparage them. And then other brahmans & contemplatives come to Kesaputta. They expound & glorify their own doctrines, but as for the doctrines of others, they deprecate them, revile them, show contempt for them, & disparage them. They leave us absolutely uncertain & in doubt: Which of these venerable brahmans & contemplatives are speaking the truth, and which ones are lying?"


Since you say you are a householder, I would recommend also reading the layperson's code of discipline as described in the Sigalovada Sutta:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.31.0.nara.html

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Re: Hello !!

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:52 pm

Welcome Matt!

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Hello !!

Postby Welshmatt » Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:12 pm

Thanks for the answers guys! I've still lots to learn! I've been on many websites and forums. I've found many different view.....buddhist who eat meat, Buddhists who don't! Some even have an occAsional drink and others who never! I must admit I've never been a big drinker And don't enjoy it that much to miss! I do still eat meat , but this may change as I understand things more! I've just read buddhism for beginners by thubten Chodron and have ordered - what the buddy taught by Walpola ruhala. Am I reading the right materials? The first book made sense to me and gave a basic insight...I think??


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