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I’m new to Buddhism and I’m looking to start Buddhist Meditation but i don’t where to start alot of different groups! i have been told to stay away from Kadampa Buddhism there is a center near me also a zen group and a Tibetan center i could use some help on this

Do one or all accept people from all faith backgrounds? or does it matter

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NOTe: Tracey
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NOTe: Tracey

I will try and take this question as serious Although the jury is still out regarding my previous answer to you Lord Buddha put His Teachings [ Dharma ] down in many different ways knowing this World goes through cycles or time periods If you will What worked in His time does not necessarily work in these times The Dharma Ending Age I am Pure Land Buddhist [A Pure lander] and practice the Dharma left for these times We do not rely on corrupted Teacher we rely on Lord Buddha Amitabha Five years of research before I could make some… Read more »

Sisyphus (Vinaya zealot)
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Try all of them! For Theravada buddhism, I recommend Theravada Buddhism’s Goenka vipassana meditation course. It goes for 10 days, is free (but give a donation), there are no Buddha statues, no Buddha images to visualise, no mantras. You just sit 10 hours a day observing your body and mind. Speak to experienced meditators and many will recommend Goenka’s course, and it hasn’t had any controversies and its techniques would be recognised by all schools of buddhism. There are worldwide centres, just type it up and look it up. Buddhism becomes highly (Asian) cultured in practice. Lots of bowing and… Read more »

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It’s good to investigate Buddhism first. You might like to have a look at this study link:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/index.htm

I suggest you visit the Zen and Tibetan centres and then investigate thoroughly first before getting too involved.Faith Backgrounds aren’t a problem at Buddhist centres, all are welcome.

for a Buddhist chatsite try here:

http://www.buddhismwithoutboundaries.com

Humble One
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Humble One

There is also another choice of meditation : vipassana meditation, if you haven’t found a suitable one for you.

Introduction:
http://www.vipassanadhura.com/whatis.htm

They even have dhamma friend program for those who don’t have access to a teacher. You would have the support through email/telephone from the teacher.
See:
http://www.vipassanadhura.com/dhammafriend.htm

Sure it is open to people of any faith or those who ascribe to none.

The Foreigner
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Since you are a newcomer, you may want to know the goal of Buddhism before you start meditating. Buddhism is a religion based on nature and science. It therefore accepts people from all faiths or backgrounds. The Goal of Buddhism Buddhism is a science that aims to answer the question “How can we attain the Extinction of Suffering ?” People usually overlook the Extinction of Suffering, but focus their attention on seeking pleasure because they do not realize the truth that this body and mind are really a mass of suffering. There is really no way to be permanently happy.… Read more »

jhk_29621
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jhk_29621

It’s good that you have both a zen group and a Tibetan center around you. Why don’t you try both, and see which one suits you. Different people have different paths, so different schools suit different people and personalities.. Basically, Buddhist centers do not care what your faith background is; they welcome all. They would not distinguish people with different faith background as this people or that people. As long as we are all human beings, we are all the same.

Mojack
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I would start with books.
I read one, it was about meditation of course, and explanations as well.
It was simple to read and understand.
Them when you gained some knowledge form books what Buddhsim is all about (or maybe you have anyway already I dunno), then its easier to chose.

Also, I would simply try out what ever interest you, location wise.
Make your own decision, based on your experience there.