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KevinL
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New to Buddhism

Postby KevinL » Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:46 am

I'm very, very interested in learning more about buddhism. But for some reason, books just don't cut it with me. I'd rather learn by practicing buddhism as opposed to reading about buddhism. So I've visted my local zen center and learned how to meditate. It's very frustrating though because it's extremely difficult to keep those thoughts down and focus on my breathing. The first time I met with the zen teacher, he told me "Concentrate on your breathing." The second time I went there he said, "What did I tell you to do the last time?" I said "Concentrate on my breathing." "Yes, keep doing that."

I wish he would offer a little more instruction then that because I don't feel like I'm getting anything out of my meditation and it feels like the more I do it, the worse I get. Not only that, but I hate having to shell out ten dollars for a donation everytime I attend their group.

I really want to learn from someone but I'm starting to get frustrated.

Also, as a side note, I didn't exactly "pick" zen either. I'm not really sure too much about the differences between the various branches. I just picked that because that was what was, locally, available.

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Re: New to Buddhism

Postby Virgo » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:02 am

Hi Kevin.

Welcome to the Buddhist path.

You might want to begin by reading about the 4 Noble Truths and then take it from there.

There is much, much great Buddhist literature to read as well as meditations to do.

Don't worry, you will figure it all out...

Kevin


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Re: New to Buddhism

Postby Reductor » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:25 am


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Re: New to Buddhism

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:36 am

Hi & Welcome to dhamma wheel!


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: New to Buddhism

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:42 am

Greetings Kevin,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

I think Right View is an important precursor to the rest of the path, so don't deliberately avoid learning the Dhamma in preference for focusing on meditation.

Study and meditation go hand in hand and are mutually supportive.

Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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bodom
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Re: New to Buddhism

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:02 am

Welcome Kevin.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: New to Buddhism

Postby Ben » Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:54 am

Hi Kevin
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
metta

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: New to Buddhism

Postby zavk » Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:07 am

Welcome Kelvin.
With metta,
zavk


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