What are common mistakes that beginners make?

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What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby Wesley1982 » Thu May 31, 2012 7:13 pm

What are common mistakes that beginners make?
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby zerwe » Thu May 31, 2012 7:20 pm

To try to take on too many practices or studies at the same time.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby justsit » Thu May 31, 2012 7:21 pm

Expecting instant results.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby Mr. G » Thu May 31, 2012 7:38 pm

Not relaxing.
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby conebeckham » Thu May 31, 2012 7:41 pm

For those not raised in Buddhist culture, being too quick to see Dharma through the lens of of their own faith or metaphysics.

Inevitable, to some degree, perhaps, but nevertheless it's a good idea to try to take things on their own terms, or resist the urge to simplify by seeking correspondences with what one knows.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby kirtu » Thu May 31, 2012 7:42 pm

Thinking they're enlightened.

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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby Jinzang » Thu May 31, 2012 7:43 pm

Placing too much significance on random stuff that happens when they meditate. Their left toe twitches and they think it's shaktipat.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby Andrew108 » Thu May 31, 2012 8:02 pm

Wanting to become part of an organization.
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"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby conebeckham » Thu May 31, 2012 8:17 pm

Ha Ha, Andrew! Good one, and true.
Conversely, "Not wanting to become part of an organization" can be a mistake too!
(You take my meaning?)
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby Andrew108 » Thu May 31, 2012 8:54 pm

Hi Cone - yep I get it. True I think. It's a fine line.
The Blessed One said:

"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby greentreee » Thu May 31, 2012 9:07 pm

perhaps not so much a mistake, but something that may lead to the cause of mistakes, is having a lack of sincerity.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby practitioner » Thu May 31, 2012 11:16 pm

Trying to teach their understanding of Buddhism to others.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby SooYiMongSeng » Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:40 pm

Practicioner, could you please extrapolate your statement further for me?

I'm not sure what you mean by "teaching?" In my mind, i'm confusing it with sharing experience, preaching, being a false teacher, holding oneself in a high position, etc. I would like to have clarification.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby Seishin » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:05 pm

Telling the teacher they are wrong.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby plwk » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:25 pm

Start collecting statues, malas, cute mala bags, brocades, books, incense and etc more than one's shelves and drawers can fit...
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby dharmagoat » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:28 pm

plwk wrote:Start collecting statues, malas, cute mala bags, brocades, books, incense and etc more than one's shelves and drawers can fit...

Not a problem, just get more shelves and drawers.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby dharmagoat » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:32 pm

I have a common mistake that beginners make: Trying to be Tibetan... or Japanese, or Thai, or Sri Lankan, or Korean... but especially Tibetan.
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby Simon E. » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:35 pm

Rejecting even the positives in their cultural heritage and becoming pretend Tibetans/Japanese/Thais/Chinese. ( Or of course pretend westerners. )
" Eating -with- Chopsticks Syndrome " as Chime Rinpoche calls it. :smile:
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby Simon E. » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:37 pm

"Great minds think alike " Dharmagoat. :D
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Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

Postby plwk » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:38 pm

I have a common mistake that beginners make: Trying to be Tibetan... or Japanese, or Thai, or Sri Lankan, or Korean... but especially Tibetan.

Hey at least one gets to learn the tea ceremony to impress that gal and K Pop is planetary phenomena! :lol:
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