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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 loving-kindness towards everything and everyone in the past, present and future, without exception. Recognise that Karma is action - the cause – (NOT the ...


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Great question. There are many things but if i could only choose only one thing; i would advice to be more friendly, polite, tolerant and to avoid confrontational speech whilst learning in general. I wish i had enough wisdom to be more tactful, restrained & diplomatic. The controversies, theory and practical aspects of the teaching one can figure out but ...


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Read and learn with virtue as your guide. The vast literature and branches of Buddhism are not easy to swim through it can sink an inquisitive mind.


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In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with having nocturnal emissions. It's a completely natural physiological function. I even dare to say that nocturnal emissions should happen in young and healthy males. If you'd have no emissions, it would mean that you have too low testosterone, testicular disease or other problems. You say you have no "impure" ...


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Nothing, the Path is to be walked - not skipped forward.


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Just modify the instructions accordingly. A proper body scan just involves probing and examining the kinaesthetic response from every cell your body, not just the skin, but internal organs and everything in between. You don't have to start with the feet or the head, you can start wherever you feel like, can stay as long as you want. But the more you can ...


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Personal pronouns are very language and culture dependent. For e.g. German has "du" and "Sie", but English only has "you". Other languages also have formal and informal second person pronouns, for example Hindi ("aap", "tum", "tu"). Thai and Burmese, being strongly influenced by Buddhism for ...


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What does good householders, considering his own good prepared samples, think: Which way requires the most sacrifices, mindfulness, patient, skill in many regards and earn the highest merits of them? This will then easy answer good householders question fast and doing well and is only convention for insider, a matter of Sila, and for outsiders place for ...


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I started out later in life with Buddhism, originally coming from a different religious background. However, I know people who were born into Buddhist families, and understand their kind of exposure to Buddhism. They had Buddha idols in their homes, to which they may offer water, flowers, fruits, incense etc. and they chanted the standard hymns. They treated ...


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I wish I had understood that enlightenment is not a destination, or an event, but that the training itself is enlightenment.


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This answer to same op question, was cut and paste from my blog article where html formatting makes it much more readable: broken telephone: why Buddhists should study EBT (early buddhist teachings), memorize and recite passages daily from wikipedia: Chinese whispers (Commonwealth English) or the telephone game (American English) [1] is an internationally ...


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That the end is the beginning. In 2 senses: The end is the beginning of everything else but more what I had in mind When you reach somewhere, you realise you always were there. There is no movement. There is only belief in movement. All the journey teaches, is to shed what you need not carry, and realise that what you are on that day, is also what you are ...


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Reciting and memorizing everyday is required for the enlightenment in 7 years. Concentration meditation everyday is required for the enlightenment in 7 years. Most important! Tipitaka Memorizer who enlightened Nibbāna and attained Jhāna is required for the enlightenment in 7 years. Reciting and memorizing I was born in a child-center study-tradition. ...


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