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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

There isn't exactly one short Buddhist bible (see Why isn't there a Buddhist Bible?). The Tripitaka is the Pali canon, possibly the earliest (or at least, among the earliest) of the surviving ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

I am a Tibetan Buddhist, and have been for about 50 years. I don't really know if I can help with that question - but maybe so. Here are some things that might of use to a beginner. Learn to develop ...
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New to Buddhism

Welcome to the site. "What is a good place to begin?" That's a good question and a broad one. Perhaps I should start by saying that there are different schools of Buddhism (e.g. older and newer), ...
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What is the concept of "Ego" or "self "?

The Buddhist concept is not no self but non self or not self. What this means is there nothing that can be taken as self. There is no permanent unchanging core or soul, there is nothing which you ...
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New to Buddhism

I would recommend you to listen to sermons and learn from a teacher rather than trying to learn from books. Because one can easily misinterpret what's in the texts. Try starting with this video wiki ...
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With my interpretation of 'rebirth', can I become a Buddhist and become accepted within a Buddhist community?

You don't have to believe in rebirth. Rebirth concept in Buddhism is not as simple as simple as reincarnation anyway. It's actually better if you don't hold any blind beliefs in Buddhism since it is ...
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Going to first session

At a Theravada monastery: You have to be familiar with taking refuge in the Triple Gem and taking of the five precepts: http://refuge.sirimangalo.org/ Remove shoes and hats when you enter the ...
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Starting Buddhism

First question, if I am beginning on this path, which books would you recommend I read? That is, a book which has all the teachings of the Buddha/ philosophies. There's more than one school of ...
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How To Follow Buddhism Without Offending

As a white male I am well aware that I am privileged That's as may be. Nevertheless I think that "cultural appropriation" is a relatively modern obsession: that it has become fashionable for "holier-...
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Recommendation - Book for beginner

For a classic introduction to the Buddha's teachings, I recommend the book "What the Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula. You can find the PDF version here. There is also a very short collection of the ...
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What is gained by learning Vipassana meditation in long retreats?

Background. 15 years ago I went to a 10 day Vipassana Retreat. I lasted 4 days. 10 years ago I went again and finished the Retreat. I went for a 3 day Retreat this last winter. It doesn't seem to get ...
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What is the school of Buddhism that believes in God?

I believe you are thinking of the Amitabha Buddha - which is the principal - or rather the most popular Buddha in Pure Land Buddhism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amit%C4%81bha He's represented ...
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Going to first session

This can depend greatly on where you go. Buddhism is in some important ways more diverse than Christianity. For example Tibetan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism, while they both grow from the same central ...
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New to Buddhism

Buddhist practice can be divided into theory/study (in Pali, the language of the original texts: pariyatti) and practice (patipati). You learn the teachings and then try to follow it. Teaching of the ...
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New to Buddhism

To tell you @#ATLBarb63, this path depends 100% on the association with ‘Kalyana Mittas’ (people of integrity in the Dahmma Path). But it is very difficult for most of us to meet in person such ...
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New to Buddhism

Follow Below Basic Guidelines of Buddhism as a Start.. Do not take life Do not take what is not given Do not distort facts Refrain from misuse of the senses Refrain from self-intoxication through ...
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Should sensual pleasure be actively avoided, rather than simply not sought? I am particularly interested in regards to taste

Reading your post, i remembered the Middle Way or the Noble Eightfold Path as a path of moderation, between the extremes, any sensorial pleasure provokes addiction if not moderated. In the ...
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Should sensual pleasure be actively avoided, rather than simply not sought? I am particularly interested in regards to taste

I think that's an advanced/difficult question. In summary I think it's recommended that you to avoid becoming 'attached' to sensual pleasure[s]. Seeking (sensual) pleasure (i.e. 'thirsting' or '...
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In short, what is the path to enlightenment? Where to begin?

You would like to know where to begin this Path to Enlightenment, and you want the answer to be short. The question is whether you are clever enough to have confidence in the Dhamma that Buddha had ...
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Starting Buddhism

You should have at least a copy of the Dhammapada. I would also recommend "In the Buddha's Words" (978-0-86171-491-9). I'd also recommend subscribing to BSWA (Buddhist Society of Western Australia) ...
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What is the concept of "Ego" or "self "?

It means that there are various things you might view as yourself (e.g. "I am my body" or "I am my thoughts" or "I am my feelings" etc.), however any and all these views lead to suffering; and that ...
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Buddhism 101? Any first steps one should take to begin their journey as a buddhist?

Finding your path to enlightenment is a personal experience. Everyone's journey is different. But they all start with the first step of seeking refuge in the jewel. The "jewel" of Buddhism consists ...
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Beginner Buddhist Breathing?

In my opinion (and there are definitely different schools of thought here), the significance of this practice derives from the fact that breathing is the most direct connection between our normal ...
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What religious texts would help me understand the fundamentals Buddhism better?

Hi Tuxmachina and welcome to this path! There are two books that were very important when I was struggling with getting acquainted with Buddhism. The first book I read was the Dhammapada, which is a ...
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