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Offline marshall94

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Brand new to Buddhism
« on: February 22, 2018, 11:22:49 am »
Hello, all! My name is Marshall, and I'm new to Buddhism. I've spent my entire life living on the edge of being nearly incapacitated from extreme anxiety. Throughout the years, I converted to Roman Catholicism, and have fallen away to a pretty far extent, as I was feeling major guilt and scrupulousity to be perfect. Eventually I turned to alcohol. That was about a 3 year journey numbing my pain with alcohol until I ended up hitting just about rock bottom and went to rehab. In rehab, I was given a book called "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story" by Dan Harris, and he started talking about meditation and mindfulness. He eventually got to the fact that this was all founded in Buddhism. After reading this book and learning what living mindfully is, I've become obsessed with it. It's the first time in my life that I've actually felt at ease and without that constant burning anxiety in my chest. I want to go further with it. I want to learn more. If converting to Buddhism is the ultimate answer for me and it will give me this serenity, then I am more than willing to do that. My only issue is I need help. I need resources and possibly a teacher that will help teach me what to do and how to do it, because I am completely new in this. Any help that I can get would be great. Thank you all so much! I look forward to getting involved in the community!

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Re: Brand new to Buddhism
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2018, 10:40:46 pm »
Welcome Marshall

In my opinion, the best way to further your experience of Buddhism is to visit Buddhist centres; particularly those lead by genuinely virtuous monks & nuns. In a genuine Buddhist centre, there will be pervasive atmosphere of loving-kindness, friendliness & hospitality.

As for learning about Buddhism, it is largely dependent upon the student asking questions, whether at a Buddhist centre or on an internet forum. If you ask questions here, naturally, you will receive different answers but it is a way for you to learn from the basis of your self-perceived needs & initiative.

Kind regards, welcome again & thank you also  :namaste:

 


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