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Offline Genevieve

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Hello to all. How to study independently?
« on: January 30, 2018, 10:10:41 am »
I live in England, UK and have decided to begin to study Buddhism.  It is difficult for me to travel long distances, so I'm thinking of taking a correspondence course - maybe from the Buddhist Society in London.  What would others recommend to be the best way to study independently?  Is a correspondence course a good idea, or would I be better following a reading list in my own time.  I'd be grateful for any advice.

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Re: Hello to all. How to study independently?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 10:28:01 am »
The Buddhist Society "Correnspondence Course"  looks very good.

As an alternative  I'd suggest The Nalandabodhi online offerings.  I've taken some of the Hinayana and all the Mahayana courses online and found them very good.

I think the best way to engage in an indepent study, is to have some sort of guidance/mentoring available.  That guidance can help in choosing appropriate coursework or readings.  There's so much out here.  I'd also llok at structured online courses as they will offer materials taylored for your experience and practice level.

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Re: Hello to all. How to study independently?
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2018, 10:37:41 am »
IC has some good recommendations. 

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Re: Hello to all. How to study independently?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2018, 03:03:59 pm »
Hello Genevieve,

Maybe you could also try this free online mindfulness meditation course which has teacher support:

http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/programs/online-courses/

All the best,

Pixie  _/|\_


PS I live in the UK too.

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Re: Hello to all. How to study independently?
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2018, 09:34:37 pm »
Begin to live in the essence of what you know about Buddhism..

Compassion and meditation are common.. but live in the way that YOU know about Buddhism.. and therefore if you learn something more than that then youll be perfectly happy..
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Re: Hello to all. How to study independently?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 02:57:53 am »
Just sit and observe the world around you.  Having a sangha is great because you can draw from the wisdom of others but all you really need to do is sit.

 


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