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Offline TeotlOnion

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Hello, my new friends.
« on: September 07, 2015, 05:56:43 pm »
I am brand new to Buddhism, but the more I study the more I feel that this path resonates with me, and how I would like to live. I have honestly only just begun my studies, but I feel very drawn, as though I have been cultivating my Buddha nature even in my ignorance.

I feel that I should say that I am also drawn intensely to many of the philosophical tenets of the Tao.

Anyhow. I've made my way here to learn and grow amongst more experienced practitioners.

Any advice or guidance that could be offered to a new seeker would be sincerely appreciated!

I do have a few questions as well.

It's nice to meet you all!

-Teotl

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2015, 05:45:18 am »
Welcome Teot,

It's great to see you here, I am new to the forum too, however I am not new to Buddhism.
If you have any questions, please ask.  :hug:

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Inner Peace

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2015, 08:32:26 am »
Welcome Teot,

It's great to see you here, I am new to the forum too, however I am not new to Buddhism.
If you have any questions, please ask.  :hug:

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Inner Peace
Inner Peace,

Thank you for your kind greetings! The first question: I know that Buddhists pray as well as meditate. My question is, what is the process of Buddhist prayer? To whom or what is the practitioner praying, and in what fashion?

The second question is, is there a good online source for downloading the main Sutras for laypersons to study? Perhaps in a format native to one of the many e-readers?

I am seriously considering Taking Refuge soon. The more that I read and study, the more that I feel that the path of Buddhism rings more truly to me than any other faith or philosophy that I've encountered. I am somewhat limited in my transportation, but there are a couple of temples from a couple of the different schools in my city, and I intend to visit one soon.

In the meantime, I would like to continue learning about the Dharma independently, as much and as best as I can!

In loving-kindness,

-Teotl

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2015, 11:52:35 am »
My pleasure.

Buddhists do not believe in a creator/God thus they do not pray in the conventional way - what Buddhists do especially in Tibetan Buddhism which I practise, is to repeat Mantra's.  By doing this it stimulates good vibrations within the person.  If repeated enough it can open the conscience to something which cannot be described.  Meditation is also a form of prayer for Buddhists.
Tibetan Buddhists use prayer flags which are generally hung in high places - common in Tibet as you can imagine.

In relation to the Sutras, please refer to the following link: http://buddhasutra.com/

I wish you the best in your Buddhist persuits, however should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Inner Peace

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2015, 04:10:08 pm »
My pleasure.

Buddhists do not believe in a creator/God thus they do not pray in the conventional way - what Buddhists do especially in Tibetan Buddhism which I practise, is to repeat Mantra's.  By doing this it stimulates good vibrations within the person.  If repeated enough it can open the conscience to something which cannot be described.  Meditation is also a form of prayer for Buddhists.
Tibetan Buddhists use prayer flags which are generally hung in high places - common in Tibet as you can imagine.

In relation to the Sutras, please refer to the following link: http://buddhasutra.com/

I wish you the best in your Buddhist persuits, however should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Inner Peace

Thank you for the information and the link! I knew that Buddhists weren't praying to a god, which is why the term "prayer" confused me.

I'm having a hard time meditating. I always have, but I intend to keep trying various techniques. I'm going to get a mala and start trying mantra meditation soon.

I don't know what type of Buddhism I'd like to follow. For now, I am just trying to learn as much as I can. I am attracted to Tibetan Buddhism, also to the Buddhism of the shaolin (Chan), but right now I just want to learn as much about the Dharma as I can, to make my inquiries and decide.

Thanks again for the valuable information!

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2015, 02:15:16 am »
My pleasure.

What phone or tablet do you own?
I may know an app which may aid your meditation.

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Inner Peace

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2015, 04:58:32 pm »
My pleasure.

What phone or tablet do you own?
I may know an app which may aid your meditation.

Your friend,

Inner Peace
I use an android phone on lollipop.

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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2015, 02:04:30 am »
Thank you.

I'm not sure whether Andriod have apps like the Apple Store, however try searching for apps relating to meditation.

Apple have an app called Relax Oriental; it is brilliant.

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Inner Peace

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2015, 11:54:18 am »
Thank you.

I'm not sure whether Andriod have apps like the Apple Store, however try searching for apps relating to meditation.

Apple have an app called Relax Oriental; it is brilliant.

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Inner Peace
Nice, I'll look it up. I got an app called "Stop, Breathe, and Think" from the Google play store. It's good, full of guided meditations for different things like Joy, Equanimity, and Compassion. Totally free with no ads. I've used it twice and I'm not sure that it's working very well. I'm attending a temple service on Sunday. I may try to ask a monk for advice, although it's a Vietnamese temple and I'm not sure if their practice includes much meditation. We'll see. I'll look for relax oriental! Thank you!

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2015, 04:20:14 pm »
Nice to meet you.  I am also very interested in the Tao and am new to this sangha.  I look forward to learning new things along with you!

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Re: Hello, my new friends.
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2015, 06:36:44 am »
Thank you.

I'm not sure whether Andriod have apps like the Apple Store, however try searching for apps relating to meditation.

Apple have an app called Relax Oriental; it is brilliant.

Your friend,

Inner Peace
Nice, I'll look it up. I got an app called "Stop, Breathe, and Think" from the Google play store. It's good, full of guided meditations for different things like Joy, Equanimity, and Compassion. Totally free with no ads. I've used it twice and I'm not sure that it's working very well. I'm attending a temple service on Sunday. I may try to ask a monk for advice, although it's a Vietnamese temple and I'm not sure if their practice includes much meditation. We'll see. I'll look for relax oriental! Thank you!

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It is worth inquiring.  :D

 


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