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 Post subject: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:39 pm 
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Hi all,

I first got introduced to buddhism when i went on a school trip at 9 years old.
Then again at 14 i went to india.

I have allways loved buddism, but never known alot about it and not practiced it.
Now im 24 and im realising that buddism is for me. That its been apart of my life since a kid.
I was christened but never been really religious.

There are things i still dont know alot.


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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:29 pm 
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Have you read the life story of Shakyamuni Buddha? Here is one similar to Thich Nhat Hanh's "Old Path, White Clouds".

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
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Ducky wrote:
Hi all,

I first got introduced to buddhism when i went on a school trip at 9 years old.
Then again at 14 i went to india.

I have allways loved buddism, but never known alot about it and not practiced it.
Now im 24 and im realising that buddism is for me. That its been apart of my life since a kid.
I was christened but never been really religious.

There are things i still dont know alot.
Welcome Ducky! I hope we will be able to answer your questions for you. A word of warning, take everything said here with a large grain of salt (including my warning :tongue: ).

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:40 pm 
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Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:02 pm 
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Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:14 pm 
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Ducky wrote:
Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


I highly recommend "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Nhat Hanh [http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Buddhas-Teaching-Transforming-Liberation/dp/0767903692]. Thay explains the Buddha's dhamma in very simple words, while still demonstrating the depths of them, as well as giving examples of their practical application in our lives.

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:01 pm 
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Ducky wrote:
Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


Hi Ducky,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel. I agree with ocean waves' recommendation for reading.

The Geshe Kelsang Gyatso book is, unfortunately, not very reliable.

:namaste:

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
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Ducky wrote:
Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


Hi Ducky,

Where are you located? What kind of temples do you have near?

Very nice to meet you and I wish you nothing but the best on your journey. May you quickly achieve enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.


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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:54 am 
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Ducky wrote:
There are things i still dont know alot.


:twothumbsup:
Even when you know a lot, you won't know a lot.
You might even help writing a book on Buddhism using the wiki methodology
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Buddhist_P ... troduction
:hi:

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
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kirtu wrote:
Have you read the life story of Shakyamuni Buddha? Here is one similar to Thich Nhat Hanh's "Old Path, White Clouds".

Kirt
http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:52 am 
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Jikan wrote:
Ducky wrote:
Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


Hi Ducky,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel. I agree with ocean waves' recommendation for reading.

The Geshe Kelsang Gyatso book is, unfortunately, not very reliable.
:namaste:



I was going to buy this myself, what are the reasons for you saying that its 'not very reliable'?

Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:50 pm 
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Cool. Welcome, Ducky! :hi:

Konchog1 wrote:
http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html

^That's awesome! I hadn't seen that before. :twothumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:56 pm 
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What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula is highly recommend by many, many teachers as one of the best books in English that introduces basic Buddhist principles such as the ones you are seeking to learn more about. It's widely available in libraries and here is an Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/What-Buddha-Taugh ... 0802130313" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:28 pm 
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Quack! :)

My introduction to the dharma was "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Henepola Gunaratana. It covers the very, very basics and will give you a taste of everyday practice.
He also wrote "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness" which is a much more thorough overview of what is common to all Buddhist schools, the Noble Eightfold Path.

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:04 pm 
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A good introduction to the Pali Canon is In the Buddha's Words by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi.

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 Post subject: Re: New buddhist.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:33 pm 
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I would suggest, The Four Noble Truths - The Foundation of Buddhist Thought V1. By Geshe Tashi Tsering.

It's the first book in a series of six books. It's very in depth and accessible!


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