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How does one practice mindfulness during thinking - e.g. thinking about how to solve a problem?

A.K. It's not a foolish question at all, I think it's something everyone spends sometime trying to understand when they first start learning meditation and mindfulness. Mindfulness is being ...
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How to Study the Suttas?

I recommend the book In The Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi. It is an anthology or selection of translated suttas from the Pali canon. It is also thematically and systematically arranged. You can look ...
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What is the benefit of staying with one method, lineage or Dharma tradition?

This leads to great breadth, but little depth. If you want to get to the depth of a practice, where the true wisdom is, you need to stick to a practice and see it through. As Goenka said, if you are ...
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What are the reasons for and against studying other religions?

In terms of general knowledge, it can be helpful to be familiar with the religions of the world on a basic level and there are many books which compare the world's religions in an easy format such as ...
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How do I proceed to seriously study Buddhism?

For those (relatively) new to Buddhism here is what I'd (generally) advise in order: Read Bikkhu Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon as this will ground you ...
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How do I proceed to seriously study Buddhism?

Maths is a big subject too. And so is German Literature, or Engineering, or Roman History. Perhaps people aim to become competent rather than all-knowing. I noticed this about the Gelug curriculum (a ...
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What are the reasons for and against studying other religions?

It depends on the individual. I've heard several people say it would be too confusing or wasteful. The analogy offered in Advaita Hinduism is that it is far better to dig one deep well than several ...
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What is the benefit of staying with one method, lineage or Dharma tradition?

The Buddha taught a handful of leaves but the amount of things he could have taught was like the amount of leaves in an entire forest . He didn't teach all these things he could have taught because ...
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What is the benefit of staying with one method, lineage or Dharma tradition?

I agree totally with what Ryan posted and would like to add that even though you have the energy and time to practice, you still have to have the wisdom to penetrate all the different teachings. It ...
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How does one practice mindfulness during thinking - e.g. thinking about how to solve a problem?

I think it's a good question, since I have asked me the same some time ago. Wouldn't being mindful about these activities interrupt the reading/study? Yes, it does. It 's practically speaking ...
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How does one practice mindfulness during thinking - e.g. thinking about how to solve a problem?

A very interesting question that you asked. When you are fully engrossed in something, the time stops, as you are in oneness with it. The following describes such a moment: “We cannot be aware of ...
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What are the reasons for and against studying other religions?

I am not Buddhist, but from what I have heard from them, my experiences are sufficiently applicable to be worth voicing here. I have found great value in studying religions that I do not necessarily ...
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Best study tools on the net or books

Piya Tan at http://dharmafarer.org has translations and commentary of many of the suttas. Using the "sitemap" on the right or bottom of the page, you can find specific suttas (sorted by number), or, ...
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Starting studying again

My nephew gave me a pocket edition of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones for Christmas -- it's literally "pocket", it's 12x8x2 cm, but, surprisingly readable (good typeface, Shambhala). I haven't read it ...
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How do I proceed to seriously study Buddhism?

If you do not wish to become a Buddhist scholar, I would suggest to stay away from too much literature. You do not need retreat centers and gurus either. If you are interested in practical Buddhism, ...
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Best study tools on the net or books

Thanissaro Bhikkhu's "Wings to Awakening" (https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/wings/index.html) is a good interpretive guide to the suttas for practitioners. Also see the "...
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In Depth Study of today's Dharma Teachers teachings

http://www.acidharma.org/aci/index.html The website link above has breakdowns of works by Je Tsongkhapa, -- (Specifically his work on Lam Rim) -- Nāgārjuna, Shantideva, and various lojung texts with ...
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How to Study the Suttas?

I think Dharmafarer's sutra discovery series is the best starting point. (http://www.themindingcentre.org/dharmafarer/sutta-discovery/sutta-discovery-volume-1-9) Maybe you can start your study with ...
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How to Study the Suttas?

As Reuben2020 says, In the Buddha's Words is a really great place to start. Could I also recommend Rupert Gethin's book Sayings of the Buddha. It's a collection of sutra's from the Sutta Pitaka of the ...

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