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B5C
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Hello

Postby B5C » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:24 am

Good evening all. I am a realive newbie in Buddhism and I hope to learn from here.

How did I get into Buddhism?

A few months ago, series of events officially sets me to the path to officially disbelieving in Christianity and anything that has a god or gods. This let me too a state trying to search for a purpose. One day I got curious about Buddhism, so I contacted my cousin who was Buddhist. She recommended me some books by the Dalai Lama. I read "How to be Enlightened" by HH the Dalai Lama. I loved his book. He did introduce me on the ideals of 4 Noble Truths and the Eight fold path. This got me interested in some more. I went to my local used book stores and picked up "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism" this book helped me understand more about Buddhism. Then I got intrested in learning the Buddha's life.

I was like WOW! This man was just a man who wanted to help the world to end suffering. I'm dealing with suffering this year. I lost my job, apartment and almost everything. I was basically mad at everything and I wanted to do WHY I was suffering. Well Buddha showed me why and how should I complete this.

I also am skeptic. I am an man of science. I need evidence before I can believe in it. I still skeptic on karma, rebirth, and nirvana. Yet I find the ideals of the 4 noble truths and the eight fold path appealing.

I hope I learn something new.
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Re: Hello

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:40 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Hello

Postby plwk » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:49 am

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Re: Hello

Postby Kim OHara » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:54 am


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Re: Hello

Postby nobody12345 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:51 pm

Welcome.
Nothing wrong with your skepticism and science based thinking ( I was a skeptic/agnostic as well).
The Buddha said don't follow blind faith but study/practice his teaching and see whether it's working or not.
But friend, if you are diligent, you will be able to encounter/see the unshakable truth (that includes things that you are not so sure about at this point) directly within this life time (i.e. Sotapana).
Dhamma is NOT dead.
The unsurpassed Dhamma wheel that our kind hearted teacher, the one and only fully awakened one, set in motion is still rolling and no one can stop it.
It still invites anyone including skeptic (like you) who has discipline and genuine sincerity to investigate/study/practice/ all the way to find out whether it's real deal or not.
If you are truly genuine with your investigation, you WILL BE AMAZED.
Metta.

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Re: Hello

Postby B5C » Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:01 am

Thanks for the welcome all. I will download that PDF and put it on my kindle. :)
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Re: Hello

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:00 am

Welcome B5C!
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/


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