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I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby ThatSadHippie » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:24 am

:soapbox: Hello, I'm new here. Can anyone tell me the basics of Buddhism?

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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby kirtu » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:28 am

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"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:36 am

Welcome to DW!

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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby Admin_PC » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:09 am

Welcome to DharmaWheel!
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You may like to check out the Discovering Mahayana Buddhism Subforum, which has a large collection of educational materials for the various sects of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby Mkoll » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:00 am

Wikipedia is a passable resource to learn the basic background IMO. There is just too much information to put into a forum reply.
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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby Vasana » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:08 am

kirtu wrote:
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This is probably a good place to start.

In a nutshell the Buddhism teaches you how to recognize suffering and it's causes and how the end of suffering comes about.
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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby kirtu » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:09 am

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Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby kirtu » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:35 am

Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby kirtu » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:26 pm

Shakyamuni Buddha's birth at Lumbini over 2500 years ago, from "Little Buddha":

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Prince Siddhartha wondering what exists beyond the walls of his palace:

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Prince Siddhartha venturing beyond the walls of his palace for the first time as his father, King Shuddhodana, looks on. The visit was staged but suddenly Prince Siddhartha see's the first of the four divine visions, old age :

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Prince Siddhartha confronts sickness and death for the first time.

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Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby kirtu » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:06 pm

Prince Siddhartha, after resolving to find release from the unending cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death followed by rebirth, becomes a sadhu and engages in austerities:

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After six years of the harshest austerities and the most intense meditation possible, Siddhartha decides to give up the path of austerities and accepts a bowl of milk rice from a passing girl. His fellow sadhus abandon him but Siddhartha asks the gods for a prophecy to determine if enlightenment is in fact possible:

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Siddhartha travels to the site of present day Bodh Gaya and meditates under a tree. Mara and his daughters, the forces of distraction and obstacles, create illusions to try to prevent Siddhartha from attaining enlightenment:

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Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby Aspiring.Monk » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:05 pm

kirtu wrote:Prince Siddhartha, after resolving to find release from the unending cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death followed by rebirth, becomes a sadhu and engages in austerities:

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After six years of the harshest austerities and the most intense meditation possible, Siddhartha decides to give up the path of austerities and accepts a bowl of milk rice from a passing girl. His fellow sadhus abandon him but Siddhartha asks the gods for a prophecy to determine if enlightenment is in fact possible:

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Siddhartha travels to the site of present day Bodh Gaya and meditates under a tree. Mara and his daughters, the forces of distraction and obstacles, create illusions to try to prevent Siddhartha from attaining enlightenment:

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I have seen some rather negative comments online about this movie, but I absolutely love it. I still watch it to this day. Glad to see that someone else enjoys it as well. :namaste:

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Re: I'm new here and would like to know more about Buddhism.

Postby kirtu » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:59 am

Aspiring.Monk wrote:I have seen some rather negative comments online about this movie, but I absolutely love it. I still watch it to this day. Glad to see that someone else enjoys it as well. :namaste:


Well, it could have been a stronger movie. But IMHO it has it's merits.

I have friends who did not like it at all though.

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Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche


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