What do you give to a beginner online?

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Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

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I would also suggest this, in the order Sarath suggested. Good sequence.
Sarath W wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:21 pm This is my standard recommendation for beginners:
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)

a) Listen to the ten lecture series by Bhikkhu Bodhi

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

b)Print a copy of this Dhamma Chart and refer to it while studying Buddhism.

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.

e) Start reading Sutta.
Good starting point would be to read Bikkhu Bodhi’s “In the Buddha’s Word”
Link to the summary:

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

f) Last but not least practice what you learn.
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Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

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except badly learned ideas.
Agree. :twothumbsup:
Sometimes it is even to hard learn what is good and bad as Buddha asked us to move away from both.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”
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Faith developing: Sampasadaniya sutta, Brahmajala sutta, Mahakammavibhanga sutta ...etc
Prerequisites: Jataka and it's atthakatha, Dhammapada and it's atthakatha ...etc
History the Blessed One: Jataka and it's atthakatha, Buddhavamsa, Cariyapitaka ...etc
Easy to Memorize and chant: Dhammapada, Paritta
About the results of merit and demerit: Vimanavatthu-Petavatthu and it's atthakatha, Cullakammavibhanga sutta ...etc
About the Refuge: Khuddhaka patha and it's atthakatha's first chapter Saraṇattayavaṇṇanā
About the Training rules: Khuddhaka patha and it's atthakatha's second chapter SaraṇattayavaṇṇanāSikkhāpadavaṇṇanā
About Lay life: Sigalovada sutta, Ahuneyya sutta ...etc.
About the benefits of ordination: Samannaphala sutta, Dantabhumi sutta ...etc
About Meditation: Patisambhidamagga and it's atthakata, Visuddhimagga
About Ultimate realities: Abhidhamma (Abhidhammathasangaha)
About Unorthodox views: Kathavatthu and its atthakata

More pending ....
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Re: What do you give to a beginner online?

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Padmist wrote: Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:22 am If someone online asks "Where do I get started with Buddhism?" or "Where do I learn more about Buddhism?" or "What books/websites/videos/podcasts do you recommend to get started with Buddhism" what do you give?

Please share. Thanks. :juggling:
Hi Padmist,

This brief outline of Buddhism is useful as an introduction :


also "Buddha Dhamma Sangha" by Ven. Ajahn Sumedho:


With Metta,

Aloka :anjali:

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