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New buddhist.

Postby Ducky » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:39 pm

Hi all,

I first got introduced to buddhism when i went on a school trip at 9 years old.
Then again at 14 i went to india.

I have allways loved buddism, but never known alot about it and not practiced it.
Now im 24 and im realising that buddism is for me. That its been apart of my life since a kid.
I was christened but never been really religious.

There are things i still dont know alot.

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby kirtu » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:29 pm

Have you read the life story of Shakyamuni Buddha? Here is one similar to Thich Nhat Hanh's "Old Path, White Clouds".

Kirt
Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:41 pm

Ducky wrote:Hi all,

I first got introduced to buddhism when i went on a school trip at 9 years old.
Then again at 14 i went to india.

I have allways loved buddism, but never known alot about it and not practiced it.
Now im 24 and im realising that buddism is for me. That its been apart of my life since a kid.
I was christened but never been really religious.

There are things i still dont know alot.
Welcome Ducky! I hope we will be able to answer your questions for you. A word of warning, take everything said here with a large grain of salt (including my warning :tongue: ).
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:40 pm

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

:buddha1:

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby Ducky » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:02 pm

Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby ocean_waves » Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:14 pm

Ducky wrote:Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


I highly recommend "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Nhat Hanh [http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Buddhas-Teaching-Transforming-Liberation/dp/0767903692]. Thay explains the Buddha's dhamma in very simple words, while still demonstrating the depths of them, as well as giving examples of their practical application in our lives.
"True seeing is called transcendence;
False seeing is worldliness:
Set aside both right and wrong,
And the nature of enlightenment is clear."

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby DGA » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:01 pm

Ducky wrote:Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


Hi Ducky,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel. I agree with ocean waves' recommendation for reading.

The Geshe Kelsang Gyatso book is, unfortunately, not very reliable.

:namaste:
DGA's PhD dissertation, a history of "mindfulness," is available here:

https://www.academia.edu/25482900/WHAT_ ... _OF_STRESS

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby Parasamgate » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:34 pm

Ducky wrote:Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


Hi Ducky,

Where are you located? What kind of temples do you have near?

Very nice to meet you and I wish you nothing but the best on your journey. May you quickly achieve enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby lobster » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:54 am

Ducky wrote:There are things i still dont know alot.


:twothumbsup:
Even when you know a lot, you won't know a lot.
You might even help writing a book on Buddhism using the wiki methodology
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Buddhist_P ... troduction
:hi:

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby Myotai » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:52 am

Jikan wrote:
Ducky wrote:Thankyou all.

Im currently reading: introduction to buddhism, geshe gyatso.

Im trying to find a book that will have instructions on meditations, nobel truths, 8 fold paths. And such.
I havent a clue which books to read.

I have a few local temples near me. But i want to read up before i go to a temple.


Hi Ducky,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel. I agree with ocean waves' recommendation for reading.

The Geshe Kelsang Gyatso book is, unfortunately, not very reliable.
:namaste:



I was going to buy this myself, what are the reasons for you saying that its 'not very reliable'?

Thank you.

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby Adi » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:56 pm

What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula is highly recommend by many, many teachers as one of the best books in English that introduces basic Buddhist principles such as the ones you are seeking to learn more about. It's widely available in libraries and here is an Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/What-Buddha-Taugh ... 0802130313" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Adi

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby Monlam Tharchin » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:28 pm

Quack! :)

My introduction to the dharma was "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Henepola Gunaratana. It covers the very, very basics and will give you a taste of everyday practice.
He also wrote "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness" which is a much more thorough overview of what is common to all Buddhist schools, the Noble Eightfold Path.
Amitabha!

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby Mkoll » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:04 pm

A good introduction to the Pali Canon is In the Buddha's Words by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi.
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: New buddhist.

Postby Motova » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:33 pm

I would suggest, The Four Noble Truths - The Foundation of Buddhist Thought V1. By Geshe Tashi Tsering.

It's the first book in a series of six books. It's very in depth and accessible!


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