Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby LastLegend » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:05 am

Stick to 5 precepts
Practice dana
being mindful of one's own thoughts and actions.

take care
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby flavio81 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:07 am

Wow, excellent advice up to this point, applause !! :thumbsup:

My two contributions:
(1) Keep in mind this quote by Chögyam Trungpa:
"Ego is constantly trying to apply the teachings of spirituality for its own benefit."

(2) To have a reasonably clear and panoramic understanding of buddhism as a whole and the purpose of the diverse practices and traditions within it, will take you many years, perhaps even 10 years. So be patient.
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby Qing Tian » Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:14 am

Advice?

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“Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.”
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby maybay » Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:26 am

Oh Nemo, you're so desirable...
People will know nothing and everything
Remember nothing and everything
Think nothing and everything
Do nothing and everything
- Machig Labdron
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby Martin007 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:36 am

dakini_boi wrote:Don't throw out everything you've gained through spiritual searching up until that point, because it's "not Buddhist."


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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:53 pm

Investigate everything; the teachings, the teachers, the doctrine. Don't just go to any temple just because it is near your home and only stick with that one. I have seen many people (Theravada & Mahayana) that go to a place because it is near their home and stick with that tradition without even investigating the other traditions. Start with the basics and attend temples of all traditions, study, meditate and choose the one which you feel is best.
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby dzoki » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:36 pm

1. be kind to yourself and patient with yourself - only if you have patience and kindness towards yourself can you have patience and kindness towards others.
2. keep a common sense, if you don´t have it, acquire it. Investigate the Dharma and try to understand it.
3. do not mix esoteric and new age stuff with dharma, if you do that you will eventually go astray, keep your understanding of dharma pure and based on dharma sources
4. do not remain only with intelectual knowledge, apply what you have learned to your life
5. find a good teacher, who is a real deal
6. do not fall for buddhist social club, you will drawn in the pool of gossip, false ideas and distracting activities. Rather keep to yourself and be self-reliant
7. keep low profile and observe your own faults, the faults of others are not yours to elaborate on
8. practice as much as you can, even if you have some experiences and realizations carry on, always, until you have won the final goal
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby tomamundsen » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:02 pm

My advice would be to fully understand why Samsara sucks and to aspire all beings to be liberated from it. Deeply contemplate the "Four Thoughts."
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby Dave The Seeker » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:59 pm

dzoki wrote:1. be kind to yourself and patient with yourself - only if you have patience and kindness towards yourself can you have patience and kindness towards others.
7. keep low profile and observe your own faults, the faults of others are not yours to elaborate on
8. practice as much as you can, even if you have some experiences and realizations carry on, always, until you have won the final goal


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These three are just great!!

:namaste:
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If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
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One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby yan kong » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:17 am

Don't put too much stock in all the "differences" of Buddhist tradition but neither ignore that there are several schools of thought.
"Meditation is a spiritual exercise, not a therapeutic regime... Our intention is to enter Nirvana, not to make life in Samsara more tolerable." Chan Master Hsu Yun
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Re: Advice you'd give to new Buddhists?

Postby oushi » Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:34 pm

Luke wrote:If you could give one piece of advice to newcomers to Buddhism, what would it be?

Trust yourself and be totally honest.
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