What are common mistakes that beginners make?

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What are common mistakes that beginners make?

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What are common mistakes that beginners make?
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To try to take on too many practices or studies at the same time.
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Expecting instant results.
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Not relaxing.
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    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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For those not raised in Buddhist culture, being too quick to see Dharma through the lens of of their own faith or metaphysics.

Inevitable, to some degree, perhaps, but nevertheless it's a good idea to try to take things on their own terms, or resist the urge to simplify by seeking correspondences with what one knows.
དམ་པའི་དོན་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ཆེ་བ་དང་།
རྟོག་གེའི་ཡུལ་མིན་བླ་མའི་བྱིན་རླབས་དང་།
སྐལ་ལྡན་ལས་འཕྲོ་ཅན་གྱིས་རྟོགས་པ་སྟེ།
དེ་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ལ་ནི་ལོ་རྟོག་སེལ།།


"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
- (Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, from his summary of "The Ocean of Definitive Meaning")
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Thinking they're enlightened.

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Placing too much significance on random stuff that happens when they meditate. Their left toe twitches and they think it's shaktipat.
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Wanting to become part of an organization.
The Blessed One said:

"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.
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Ha Ha, Andrew! Good one, and true.
Conversely, "Not wanting to become part of an organization" can be a mistake too!
(You take my meaning?)
དམ་པའི་དོན་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ཆེ་བ་དང་།
རྟོག་གེའི་ཡུལ་མིན་བླ་མའི་བྱིན་རླབས་དང་།
སྐལ་ལྡན་ལས་འཕྲོ་ཅན་གྱིས་རྟོགས་པ་སྟེ།
དེ་ནི་ཤེས་རབ་ལ་ནི་ལོ་རྟོག་སེལ།།


"Absolute Truth is not an object of analytical discourse or great discriminating wisdom,
It is realized through the blessing grace of the Guru and fortunate Karmic potential.
Like this, mistaken ideas of discriminating wisdom are clarified."
- (Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, from his summary of "The Ocean of Definitive Meaning")
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Hi Cone - yep I get it. True I think. It's a fine line.
The Blessed One said:

"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.
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perhaps not so much a mistake, but something that may lead to the cause of mistakes, is having a lack of sincerity.
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like where's the shampoo?"

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Trying to teach their understanding of Buddhism to others.
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Practicioner, could you please extrapolate your statement further for me?

I'm not sure what you mean by "teaching?" In my mind, i'm confusing it with sharing experience, preaching, being a false teacher, holding oneself in a high position, etc. I would like to have clarification.
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Telling the teacher they are wrong.
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Start collecting statues, malas, cute mala bags, brocades, books, incense and etc more than one's shelves and drawers can fit...
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plwk wrote:Start collecting statues, malas, cute mala bags, brocades, books, incense and etc more than one's shelves and drawers can fit...
Not a problem, just get more shelves and drawers.
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I have a common mistake that beginners make: Trying to be Tibetan... or Japanese, or Thai, or Sri Lankan, or Korean... but especially Tibetan.
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Rejecting even the positives in their cultural heritage and becoming pretend Tibetans/Japanese/Thais/Chinese. ( Or of course pretend westerners. )
" Eating -with- Chopsticks Syndrome " as Chime Rinpoche calls it. :smile:
“You don’t know it. You just know about it. That is not the same thing.”

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"Great minds think alike " Dharmagoat. :D
“You don’t know it. You just know about it. That is not the same thing.”

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I have a common mistake that beginners make: Trying to be Tibetan... or Japanese, or Thai, or Sri Lankan, or Korean... but especially Tibetan.
Hey at least one gets to learn the tea ceremony to impress that gal and K Pop is planetary phenomena! :lol:
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