Luke wrote: not to cling to their own views and feel that they've already "figured it all out." So many westerners start out as "nightstand Buddhists" and spend many evenings reading beautiful ideas in Buddhist books and then mix these ideas with their own pre-existing knowledge and ideas and create their own highly attractive personal interpretation of what they think Buddhism is which they cling to intensely--and then defend intensely
Luke wrote:If you could give one piece of advice to newcomers to Buddhism, what would it be?
Seishin wrote:From my own experience when I first started my Buddhist journey and from other new comers that I've met, my advice would be to;
1. Take your time.
2. Try not to kick yourself for not understanding everything all at once.
3. Try not to believe you know everything after reading a handful of books.
4. Try not to judge others for not living up to your view of what a Buddhist "should be".
5. Try not to kick yourself for not being a perfect meditater after one week.
6. Keep an open mind - Buddhism is an ancient religion and will make you question your understanding of the world, try not resist it.
maybay wrote:Don't give up your day job. ... So pack your sandwiches...
invisiblediamond wrote:... find a siddha guru.
maybay wrote:Don't give up your day job. And if you're a knowledge worker—which we all are in a way—watch out for overidentification with ideals: Spiritual Narcissism. The society of the spectacle, and the commodification of everything, including religion, has happened so quickly we've barely had time to adapt to it all. Don't expect Buddhism/Buddhists to provide all the 'answers'. Don't give up learning about the mundane world just because you've found Buddhism. There are a lot of very wise non-Buddhists. Expect the unexpected. Look within. Cultivate a private, inner life, which you don't reveal to anyone. Intimacy is not a panacea for every social ill. Get used to living a contradiction. Get used to walking alone, and unplugged. Authenticity is the first thing you'll hear from modern Buddhists, but its a long way off. Become comfortable with the idea that the problem with being ignorant is you don't know it, and that enlightenment is going to take a long time. So pack your sandwiches, and keep coming back to these three jewels: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. Study widely, travel with discrimination, and learn how to play with appearances. Keep an open mind, but don't volunteer yourself for every bit of work. Choose your battles—especially on Internet forums. Dalai Lama says "Know the rules well so you know how to break them." Rules are the result of a lot of previous life experience, so don't blow up the tire factory and then try to reinvent the wheel. Learn each tradition on its own terms. When you've mastered them, then guide others. Be a lamp for yourself and the world.
Karma Dorje wrote:Be kind.
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