Starting from scratch, but slightly overwhelmed :)

Starting from scratch, but slightly overwhelmed :)

Postby do_not_zzz » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:57 pm

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Spend the afternoon on the SGI-USA website and have a deep interest in beginning a Nichirin Practice. Although, I am new to SGI, I have been studying/practicing Buddhism for 8 years. I have no SGI groups near me (that I'm aware of) and am wanting to know from someone that came from similar circumstances what the best way to begin a practice is. Thanks!!!

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Re: Starting from scratch, but slightly overwhelmed :)

Postby markp » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:01 pm

Where are you from? There may be someone near you, but if not you may find an independent practice will work for you. We have downloadable Gohonzon and Gongyo books at ionbuddhism.org
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Re: Starting from scratch, but slightly overwhelmed :)

Postby do_not_zzz » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:50 pm

markp wrote:Where are you from? There may be someone near you, but if not you may find an independent practice will work for you. We have downloadable Gohonzon and Gongyo books at ionbuddhism.org


Mark,

Thank you so much for your response! The nearest center is about 90 miles from my home (which doesn't make it a practical journey, even on the weekends due to my current financial situation). I will check out the website you provided. Any other study tools/advice you could give me would be very much appreciated. Feel free to either PM me or keep posting! :twothumbsup:

Metta,

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Re: Starting from scratch, but slightly overwhelmed :)

Postby do_not_zzz » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:57 pm

Also, I have downloaded the e-book http://ionbuddhism.org/files/ACGongyo1.pdf but am still unclear exactly how to practice.
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Re: Starting from scratch, but slightly overwhelmed :)

Postby markp » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:13 pm

There are some sites that have gongyo files available that you can download so you can hear how it is done, just have to search the term gongyo. The main practice is NMRK though, so don't worry too much on Gongyo right away. I do love Gongyo though because it is what really gets you started every day. :)
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Re: Starting from scratch, but slightly overwhelmed :)

Postby rory » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:58 pm

Welcome! since you are a Buddhist I'll tell you to avoid Soka Gakkai, they really are a neo-buddhist prosperity cult. No joke. There are plenty of excellent Nichiren Buddhist groups that you can get involved with and as Mark P has posted the Independents are a great resource. You can practice successfully on your own. I did in the middle of Ireland :smile:
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