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Hello from a Novice!

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Hey, all.

As the name suggests, I’m new to practicing Buddhism. I’ve followed the religion for several years, but I really only started actively reading texts and meditating recently.

I’ll be using this site’s resources to figure out what to read next. I don’t want to overload myself with anything too advanced. So far, I’ve been meditating on object dependency, as prescribed by HHDL in “how to see yourself as you truly are.” I read Karen Armstrong’s “Buddha” for a synopsis of his life and teachings, and then I read the Diamond Sutra, the Dharma wheel teaching, and a pocket Dhamapada. I’ve read some Zen stuff, too, and I really like TNH and Pema Chodron.

If there’s anything I should really read now to learn more, I’d love to hear it.

In my craziest dreams, I’d love to pursue monastic life one day. But that’s perhaps in a distant future - and perhaps in no future. For now, I’m very happy to practice and learn as much as I can.

My name is Michael, and it’s great to find this forum. I’ve noticed that a few very practices Buddhists frequent these pages, which is such a great thing. I’m very excited to have (some version of) a Sangha. I’m a teacher in the American south, and I don’t come across many people who are Buddhists. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough :)
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Welcome to DW, and best wishes for your journey.
You will find that a lot of us are in situations rather like your own, isolated (for whatever reason) from regular contact with real-life Buddhists. My nearest full-time centre, for instance, is five hours' drive away. I do have access to a couple of small, lay-led, local groups and occasional visiting teachers (as you might, if you look around) but that's about all.
DW is a great resource for us, but remember we're just random people on the internet with a common interest and don't assume that all of us are very knowledgeable.

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Welcome to DW!

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Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Upaya Chapter
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Welcome. :anjali:

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Post by zerwe »

Howdy! American south, by way of NE, and also a former teacher.

Shaun :namaste:
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