This has been debated to death even amongst Buddhists but here's a 'simple' reading1) What does it mean to be a Buddhist..?
See this2) Is there an equivalent to the bible in Buddhism..?
Both are complementary: practice and study alongside realisation/contemplation. See this..3) Would it be better to learn and sit in Meditation first or become a Buddhist and follow the scriptures..?
What is known as Buddhism consists of three aspects, the Doctrinal (pariyatti), the Practical (pattipatti), and the Realisable (pativedha) which are interdependent and interrelated.
When I study, I increase my contemplation and meditation,
When I contemplate, I increase my study and meditation,
When I meditate, I increase my study and contemplation,
I know how to gather them as the one foundation
And take the Dharma as my Path
1. Well, I imagine that's a personal question, so for myself, it's self improvement.mbf wrote:Hi All,
Please excuse these simple questions I have....
1) What does it mean to be a Buddhist..?
2) Is there an equivalent to the bible in Buddhism..?
3) Would it be better to learn and sit in Meditation first or become a Buddhist and follow the scriptures..?
underthetree wrote:"What Makes You Not a Buddhist' by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse would give you a very readable and non-preachy introduction to the basics by a genuine master.
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