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..?
1. Well, I imagine that's a personal question, so for myself, it's self improvement.
2. Many Buddhists wish for that very thing.
3. Meditation first. But ensure that it's proper orthodox Buddhist mediation. Breath counting, Shamatha or something similar. I recommend you read about Buddhism in between meditation sessions, but make meditation your focus.
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.
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.
-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra
"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."
-Ra Lotsawa, All-pervading Melodious Drumbeats