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Hello I am searching for the right way

Postby kgirl » Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:00 pm

My name is Yvonne, I am fascinated since years about Buddhism. I finally realized it is what I am looking for in my life and now I am trying to find the right way, how to start, how to find my path to the buddhism. I know there will be some work on myself but I am confident this will work. So in other words, any advice where to start, what to do first, would be highly appreciated.

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Re: Hello I am searching for the right way

Postby florin » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:20 pm

"Bow down to me for I thirst for an infinite ocean of blood, since the innumerable torrents of floods at kalpa's end that terrify all world systems do not even wet the tip of my tongue"

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Re: Hello I am searching for the right way

Postby Hickersonia » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:27 pm

Well met, Yvonne,

I won't presume to be a great teacher or anything special -- I tend to think I'm not much more than a beginner myself -- but I'll offer a few ideas.

If there are local groups, a temple, monastery, or even just a group of laypeople with whom you could practice, I would get to the task of visiting these places and seeing if any of them seem to suit you. The Buddha once said to Ananda that the whole of the Holy life is admirable friendship. While I imagine we can be a part of that here at Dharma Wheel, there is nothing like having real people who can help you find your way in real-time.

It may be important in this process to decide which school(s) of Buddhism most interests you or is most conducive to your life. This may take some time and be a little confusing -- don't hesitate to ask questions along the way. Buddhism has many very deep traditions that can be challenging to jump into if you're coming from an "outside" culture (just my opinion). Some traditions seem less compatible with others, while again others present few issues. Personally, I am involved with both Theravada and Mahayana (Pure Land) in my practice, but don't really associate too much with the Vajrayana (Tibetan) facet of things -- even though I have great respect for the Dalai Lama and would never intentionally disparage any tradition.

There is also a lot of good reading to be done, both in books and online. If you haven't already, finding a copy of the Dhammapada would probably make a good starter text -- deep and thought provoking, but lightweight and pithy. I'm sure others will come by and offer other suggestions too.

May you find the ultimate peace and liberation, friend. Be well!

:anjali:
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Postby dyanaprajna2011 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:30 pm

"If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing." -Dogen

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Re: Hello I am searching for the right way

Postby kgirl » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:46 pm

Thank you so much for all the info. We are stationed in Italy and in my area it is very hard to find anything, mostly you find here catholic or jehovas witnesses but nothing about Buddhism. I got me some books which I will start reading and I found this forum multiple times in my search, this is what made me register here. I really appreciate all your help. Thank you

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Re: Hello I am searching for the right way

Postby LastLegend » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:59 pm

Start with 4 noble truths and dependent origination. Then proceed with keep 5 precepts and practice dana (giving).
NAMO AMITABHA
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)

Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―

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Postby Karma Dorje » Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:03 pm

"Although my view is higher than the sky, My respect for the cause and effect of actions is as fine as grains of flour."
-Padmasambhava

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Postby florin » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:32 pm

"Bow down to me for I thirst for an infinite ocean of blood, since the innumerable torrents of floods at kalpa's end that terrify all world systems do not even wet the tip of my tongue"

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