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Offline blustar

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want to take refuge but scared
« on: December 12, 2015, 11:14:59 pm »
  I only just recently began to learn about Buddhism and it has been through some DBT classes I have taken.   I am fascinated and really would love to learn to meditate.  I am so terribly agoraphobic though.  And have severe social anxiety.  I am thinking about driving to a Buddhist Temple (unfortunately an hour away from where I live) but my fears are over taking me :eek:  The thought of taking refuge is so relieving.  My body and mind have had enough. 

I would love to learn and read more.. my mind is not very focused though

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Re: want to take refuge but scared
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2015, 09:23:52 pm »
I did DBT too! I suggest meditating in a designated place at home until you can join a community, unless you do this already. Check out some of the many dharma talks available online until you can find a teacher. I also suffer from anxiety, though it manifests differently. It's not the best to be without a sangha but it doesn't have to be all or nothing IMHO. There is so much to be gained through meditation, that I hope you won't be stopped by thinking you have to go to a temple before you can explore a little.


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