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The Best Place To Start

Postby wadey » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:28 pm

Where would the best place for me to start learning about Buddhism? Reading books/essays/websites or from a person?

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Re: The Best Place To Start

Postby Popo » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:04 pm

wadey wrote:Where would the best place for me to start learning about Buddhism? Reading books/essays/websites or from a person?


Depends on your means and location. :smile:

There are many good online references (including this forum). There are also many good books. If you want an overview of all the streams of Buddhist thought, I'd start with Buddhism for Dummies. For a more Theravadin flavored text, What the Buddha Taught by Bhikkhu Walpola is a good one.

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Re: The Best Place To Start

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:17 pm

Greetings wadey

Some foundation texts that I recommend include:

- The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... toend.html

- Buddhism in a nutshell: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... shell.html

- What the Buddha Taught: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Gfg ... CDoQ6AEwAA

They should give you a good foundation.

Also, www.accesstoinsight.org is a great reference library and www.dhammawheel.com (your current location) is an excellent venue to discuss the Dhamma of the Theravada.
I hope that helps.

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Re: The Best Place To Start

Postby Individual » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:17 pm

Right here
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Re: The Best Place To Start

Postby Marmalade » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:37 pm

wadey wrote:Where would the best place for me to start learning about Buddhism? Reading books/essays/websites or from a person?


If you don't know someone personally who is a Buddhist - as I do not - perhaps the most comfortable entry for you would be books/essays/websites, I'd suspect. You can take things at your own pace tis way, "dip your toes in the water", so to speak, without worrying if you are getting involved in something too deeply.

I'd recommend to take a scoot around Buddhanet, maybe have a read of their free eBook "Buddhism in a Nutshell".

http://www.buddhanet.net/

Also, maybe, take a look at:

http://buddhismnow.wordpress.com/

If you want to expand, there's Tricycle Magazine, and it's website:

http://www.tricycle.com/

and maybe do a search for "Buddhism" at ipl2 org:

http://www.ipl.org/

Regards :)
Hello, I am not actually a Buddhist, and I know only some very limited basics about Buddhism. I'd like to know a bit more and to ask a few questions, if that's OK. :)

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Re: The Best Place To Start

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:55 pm

Greetings,

See...

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