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Offline gaelic

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New to it All
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:06:55 pm »
Hello everyone, and peace with you all,

Basically I am new to Buddhism, don't know really anything about it much at all, except that many many Tibetan Buddhist have been a source of inspiration to me.  I have been a Sufi Muslim (by conversion) for 14 years, and after a lot of soul searching, I have not been able to bring myself to continue this path because of certain intellectual and moral issues. Actually, I watched video a while ago about the Dalai Lama helping to build a school for Tibetan Muslims and it really was beautifully inspiring to me, a stark contrast between the gesture of the Afghan Muslims blowing up the Buddha statues. The Dalai Lama really inspires me a lot, accept I do have some issue with the Dorje Shugden thing, I don't understand that, if there are actually no gods then I don't see the big deal. I'm not passing judgement I'm just saying.

I watched a documentary on the Buddha's life, it was so beautiful it made me cry really, especially the part of the young girl giving him the  food when he was in the emaciated state, and when Mara called for a witness and the Buddha touched the ground and said that the earth was his witness. Oh, it was just so moving how they told the story in the documentary, beautiful.

I also watched the movie about Guru Milarepa, where he learns black magic and destroys the village where he had suffered a lot, and when he seen the results, he turned to the dharma. They didn't have the second part of the movie, but I read his story about how he goes to Marpa and becomes a great Yogi.

And I watched a film by Wade Davies (a fellow Canadian) where he meets an old lady that had been in solitary retreat for 45 years reciting Om Mani Padme Hun, I really felt that was amazing.

Anyway, I have tried to study what I can on my own, I know some things, like about the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism, but I don't know much about them in detail.

So I don't know what I should do now. Basically, I live in a very secluded rural area on the east coast of Canada, and there are no Buddhists here that I know of. Gampo Abbey is about 8 hours drive away, I'd like to go there sometime, but not before I know more first.

Right now, I do silent meditation focusing on my breath for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night, trying to still my mind (I find this very beneficial and have noticed some very positive changes in my attitude), and I have a mala and a hand mani wheel and I recite Om Mani Padme Hun 1000x morning and 1000x evening and throughout the day. I have been doing this for about 2-3 weeks.

So that is where I'm at, if anyone can give me more advice and/or info, that would be much appreciated, thank you, slainte mhath!

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Re: New to it All
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 09:19:48 pm »
Welcome to FreeSangha  :dharma: .........  :buddha:

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Re: New to it All
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 03:44:44 pm »
Welcome to FreeSangha  :dharma: .........  :buddha:

Thank you for the welcome! I look forward to any advice you or others here can give me. Thank you again!

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Re: New to it All
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 02:51:53 am »
Welcome Gaelic.
Hope you enjoy your time here.

with Metta

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Re: New to it All
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 06:10:43 am »
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gaelic:  Thank you for the welcome! I look forward to any advice you or others here can give me.

Welcome, gaelic. Looking forward to reading your posts and responses.

as for advice, suggest you ask for "experience", rather than advice.  That is my advice. :hug:

_/\_Ron
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: New to it All
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 07:12:08 am »
Welcome Gaelic.
Hope you enjoy your time here.

with Metta

Thank you!

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Re: New to it All
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 07:14:30 am »
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gaelic:  Thank you for the welcome! I look forward to any advice you or others here can give me.

Welcome, gaelic. Looking forward to reading your posts and responses.

as for advice, suggest you ask for "experience", rather than advice.  That is my advice. :hug:

_/\_Ron

Thanks Ron, I have a feeling that your advice is rooted in some experience of asking for advice rather than asking for experience lol, thank you very much. I'll take anything, advice, experience, admonition, etc, lol, it all gives a clearer picture in the end.

 


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