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Begginer

Postby EmmaMicaela » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:12 pm

I am struggling to find a way. I have no known Buddist community where I live and the internet is vast and confusing. Is there a suggested reading I should start with?
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Re: Begginer

Postby bodom » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:17 pm

I suggest checking out this list of recommended reading to get you started.

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=341

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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: Begginer

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:32 pm

Greetings EmmaMicaela,

EmmaMicaela wrote:I am struggling to find a way. I have no known Buddist community where I live and the internet is vast and confusing. Is there a suggested reading I should start with?


I found the following to be very helpful when starting out...

Good Question, Good Answer
http://www.buddhanet.net/qanda.htm

In fact, Buddhanet also has a decent-sized Beginners Library, which is very good too.

If you have any questions about anything you come across, don't hesitate in bringing your questions back here, and we'll endeavour to help.

Metta,
Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Begginer

Postby EmmaMicaela » Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:23 pm

Thank You Vry Much For The Help.
I have started :coffee:

The complete book of Buddah's lists is something I have also found.
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Re: Begginer

Postby Thaibebop » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:15 pm

In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi, which is really just sections of the Pali Cannon translated into english. Great place to start I think, then you can move on to what great Buddhists mind think about it.
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Re: Begginer

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:55 pm

Thaibebop wrote:In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi, which is really just sections of the Pali Cannon translated into english. Great place to start I think, then you can move on to what great Buddhists mind think about it.

And you can read the first chapter here: http://www.lioncity.net/buddhism/index. ... wforum=101

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Re: Begginer

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:21 pm

retrofuturist wrote:
Good Question, Good Answer
http://www.buddhanet.net/qanda.htm


Good book, but I think that is the older version. Here is the 4th edition:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/gqga-4ed.pdf

and now Ven. Dhammika has a domain that also goes to the book:

http://www.goodquestiongoodanswer.net/
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Re: Begginer

Postby AdvaitaJ » Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:56 am

EmmaMicaela,

For me, books alone weren't nearly as effective as books and audio. Check out this thread http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=860&p=10600&hilit=audiodharma#p10600 for links to popular audio download sites. I found that listening to dhamma talks related to what I was reading to be immensely helpful.

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Re: Begginer

Postby nomad » Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:32 pm

You do have a local Buddhist community...Dhamma Wheel. :)

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Re: Begginer

Postby EmmaMicaela » Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:39 am

I am moving along

All the help is appreciated :reading:
I have started readin the sutta:
Setting the wheel in motion Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I will read the rest everone has posted.
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