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hernandez.amie
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New Here! Hello!

Postby hernandez.amie » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:32 pm

Hi everyone!

I recently became interested in Buddhism, particularly Zen Buddhism.

I've bought a few books:
- Buddhism Plain & Simple
- The Teachings of the Buddha
- Siddhartha

I live in Miami, FL and we have a few Buddhist temples around here, and I'm actually going with a friend of mine to a local temple to take an introductory course to Zen living.

Is there anything you all recommend to read or do?
I come from a very Christian background, so everything is all very new to me.

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Re: New Here! Hello!

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:04 pm

Hi Hernandez
Welcome Aboard!
you may find our mahayana sister site of interest Dharma Wheel
hernandez.amie wrote:Hi everyone!

I recently became interested in Buddhism, particularly Zen Buddhism.

I've bought a few books:
- Buddhism Plain & Simple
- The Teachings of the Buddha
- Siddhartha

I live in Miami, FL and we have a few Buddhist temples around here, and I'm actually going with a friend of mine to a local temple to take an introductory course to Zen living.

Is there anything you all recommend to read or do?
I come from a very Christian background, so everything is all very new to me.

:buddha2:
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But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
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LonesomeYogurt
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Re: New Here! Hello!

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:12 pm

Hello there Hernandez! This board is mainly focused on Theravada Buddhism, which is a type of Buddhism that predates Zen. There is a whole forum specifically for Zen at the sister site Dharmawheel. But feel free to stick around here as well!

The first thing to do would be to find a good group to sit with in meditation, whether it is Zen or not. Otherwise, try and set up a gentle but consistent meditation schedule - perhaps 15 or 20 minutes at the start, once or twice a day.

Good luck! Please let me/anyone else know if you have any other questions.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

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Re: New Here! Hello!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:20 pm

Welcome Hernandez!
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: New Here! Hello!

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:10 am

Welcome Hernandez! Be sure to check out Zen Forum International.

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

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Re: New Here! Hello!

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:37 am

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

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Re: New Here! Hello!

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:49 am

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha2:

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Re: New Here! Hello!

Postby waimengwan » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:31 am

Welcome


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