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Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?
2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.
3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.
4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.
1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"
If you are looking for some essential ideas which are at the heart of Buddhism, then the "four seals of dharma" describe exactly that.
http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?o ... ew&id=1814
If you want to try reciting the classic Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum as a meditation, here is a short video about it.
Good luck and stay safe!
try to find the three part of the Pali-Canon. The first one is the Middle Collection with the story about the beginning of Buddhism.
The second part is the longer collection, called the Dighanikayo and is about the late G.Buddho and his death.
The third bookis about the songs of nuns and monks.
I would like to recommend the Dighaikayo for you. Look out for the translation of an scientist of Pali-Canon. Maybe you ask an indologist at a university.
timmy113 wrote:I'm not set on any particular form of Buddhism. Right now I'm deployed to Afghanistan and am not near any buddhist center.
Don't the armed services provide chaplaincy for those wishing to deploy Buddhism? Must do. Worth checking with your chaplain.
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