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Postby ndytskr » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:25 pm

Hello everyone from Manchester in the UK.

As part of my Seven Star Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu Clubs annual visit to Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Scotland UK(http://www.samyeling.org/) last week, I became interested in Buddhism. We gave a Kung Fu display and Lion Dance to all the staff and visitors and we were blessed by Abbot, Ven. Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, after he gave a talk to our group.

I am somewhat confused at all the information I am trying to look through. Is there a particular book (like a Handbook) I could start reading to learn what I should be doing?

I am interested in Tibetan Buddhism (if that is different to any others) and I do plan to attend here (http://www.dechen.org/index.html) once I have a good grounding.

Could anyone help please? :shrug:
Thank you

Andy
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Re: Hello

Postby lawrence » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:38 pm

Gassho,
You might start by simply watching your thoughts and how they flow in and out of conscious awareness. No book needed for that. Experience calmness then confuse yourself with ideas, HaHa
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Re: Hello

Postby Punya » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:55 pm

Hi ndytskr and welcome. :smile:

The closest thing to a handbook for Tibetan buddhism is probably Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche (I'm sure others will disagree) but it might not be the place for a beginner to start.

There's some introductory books discussed here viewtopic.php?f=77&t=13014&hilit=introductory .
Unless the inner forces of negative emotions are conquered
Strife with outer enemies will never end.
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Re: Hello

Postby Sherab Dorje » Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:00 pm

Given your encounter was with the Karma Kagyu lineage you may wish to read The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa.
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: Hello

Postby ndytskr » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:26 am

Thank you gregkavarnos, punya and Lawrence great tips
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Re: Hello

Postby Punya » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:36 am

I'm more Nyingma than Kagyu (these are Tibetan traditions BTW), but I always find the books by Kagyu master Thrangu Rinpoche to be really clear and helpful too.
Unless the inner forces of negative emotions are conquered
Strife with outer enemies will never end.
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Re: Hello

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:25 am

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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Re: Hello

Postby lobster » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:28 am

hi :hug:
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Re: Hello

Postby lawrence » Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:51 pm

Punya wrote:I'm more Nyingma than Kagyu (these are Tibetan traditions BTW), but I always find the books by Kagyu master Thrangu Rinpoche to be really clear and helpful too.

I'll second that. His "An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning" is quite good
"The Compass of Zen" by Master Seung Sahn is also quite good.
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Re: Hello

Postby Luke » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:34 am

Hello Ndytskr,

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

A book for beginners you might enjoy is "Mind at Ease: Self-Liberation through Mahamudra Meditation" by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mind-Ease-Self- ... nd+at+ease

Despite its fancy title, it's not really about advanced mahamudra stuff. It's mostly about basic ideas in Tibetan Buddhism and it contains some meditations which you can try on your own. I found the book very enjoyable, but I don't know what other people think about it.
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Re: Hello

Postby philji » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:26 am

Hi ,
Great to see you had a inspiring time at Samye Ling...you are probably confused enough already with all the advice...but since you went to Samye Ling, you may find a series of video teachings on You Tube by Ken Holmes helpful... ken is a long time student of Akong Rinpoche from Samye Ling, a great teacher himself and has also translated many books from Tibetan to English.
He has a You Tube channel called Khenpoken which you can subscribe to and there are some excellent and very easy to understand teachings available there.
I would begin with his videos on Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.....
Here is video 1.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9P68AU0j3pQ
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Re: Hello

Postby Luke » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:44 pm

And here's a short book by the Dalai Lama about the classic Tibetan Buddhist foundational text "A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment" which you might find helpful.

http://www.fodian.net/english/itp.pdf
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