I just converted to Buddhism! Any tips on how I should continue?

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rvrpacc
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I just converted to Buddhism! Any tips on how I should continue?

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Hello everyone!

As a person who just converted to Buddhism and a new member, I need some answers to some questions I have.

(i) How can I procure the Pali canon? I want to read the entire thing cover to cover, given I love reading. Preferably a translation. I don't know Pali as of yet.

(ii) Is there a Theravada meditation center in Montreal? If so, where is it?

(iii) How can I a learn and practice meditation in this epidemic situation?

Thank you for your replies in advance.
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rvrpacc wrote: Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:21 pm Hello everyone!

As a person who just converted to Buddhism and a new member, I need some answers to some questions I have.

(i) How can I procure the Pali canon? I want to read the entire thing cover to cover, given I love reading. Preferably a translation. I don't know Pali as of yet.

(ii) Is there a Theravada meditation center in Montreal? If so, where is it?

(iii) How can I a learn and practice meditation in this epidemic situation?

Thank you for your replies in advance.
i) Try here

https://suttacentral.net/

or for a less complete "static" but more varied set of translations, here:

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/

or for hard copy nikayas it's difficult to beat Bhikkhu Bodhi:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Bhikkhu- ... kkhu+Bodhi

ii) Sorry, don't know that one, but if there is, Googling should bring it up.

iii) Online. There are hundreds of different videos and audios (and probably now a few live sessions via Zoom, etc.) and your biggest problem will be sifting through them to see if they suit you.
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rvrpacc wrote: Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:21 pm Hello everyone!

As a person who just converted to Buddhism and a new member, I need some answers to some questions I have.

(i) How can I procure the Pali canon? I want to read the entire thing cover to cover,

It's bigger than you might think - more like a library than a book.
Sam Vara's suggestions are good but, from them, In the Buddha's Words - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buddhas-Words- ... oks&sr=1-2 is a realistic ambition.
(ii) Is there a Theravada meditation center in Montreal? If so, where is it?

(iii) How can I a learn and practice meditation in this epidemic situation? ...
Meeting and practising with a teacher and group in real life is hugely important in keeping your practice grounded but that may have to wait until the pandemic settles down. If any of the online groups or teachers are local to you, at least give them a try now, so that you will have continuity of practice and a personal connection to build on later.

:namaste:
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:hello:

This is my standard recommendation for beginners:
a)
Watch the video "A short introduction to Buddism" by Bhikkhu Bodhi



Read Buddhism course. (Take about 12 hours to read and give you a good idea about the teaching)
http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf/PDF_BuddhismCourse/

a) Listen to the ten lecture series by Bhikkhu Bodhi

https://bodhimonastery.org/the-buddhas- ... it-is.html

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148&start=45
b)Print a copy of this Dhamma Chart and refer to it while studying Buddhism.
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=16785


c) Read Buddha’s Teaching by Narada. Start from chapter 15.

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

d) While you reading texts please listen to the following Dhamma Talk by Joseph Goldstein.
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/96/talk/6162/

e) Start reading Sutta.
Good starting point would be to read Bikkhu Bodhi’s “In the Buddha’s Word”
Link to the summary:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=19951

Then read Sutta or listen to Central. Start from Majjhima Nikaya. https://suttacentral.net/mn

f) Last but not least practice what you learn.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”
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Kim OHara wrote: Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:30 pm (i) How can I procure the Pali canon? I want to read the entire thing cover to cover,

It's bigger than you might think - more like a library than a book.
Sam Vara's suggestions are good but, from them, In the Buddha's Words - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buddhas-Words- ... oks&sr=1-2 is a realistic ambition.
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And you can start with an open-source version:
https://www.readingfaithfully.org/in-th ... ntral-net/

:heart:
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rvrpacc wrote: Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:21 pm Hello everyone!

As a person who just converted to Buddhism and a new member, I need some answers to some questions I have.

(i) How can I procure the Pali canon? I want to read the entire thing cover to cover, given I love reading. Preferably a translation. I don't know Pali as of yet.

(ii) Is there a Theravada meditation center in Montreal? If so, where is it?

(iii) How can I a learn and practice meditation in this epidemic situation?

Thank you for your replies in advance.
go to google and type access to insight or sutta central. both website u can read random sutta and you will progress gradually.
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rvrpacc wrote: Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:21 pm Hello everyone!

As a person who just converted to Buddhism and a new member, I need some answers to some questions I have.

(i) How can I procure the Pali canon? I want to read the entire thing cover to cover, given I love reading. Preferably a translation. I don't know Pali as of yet.

(ii) Is there a Theravada meditation center in Montreal? If so, where is it?

(iii) How can I a learn and practice meditation in this epidemic situation?

Thank you for your replies in advance.
(ii) Here are results from the Buddhanet World Buddhist directory for a search on Theravada groups in Quebec:

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/search.ph ... =theravada

(iii) I would suggest making contact now with some of these centres, they might be able to offer some online resources while pandemic measures are in place.
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