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question about Buddhism?

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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  • 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 headway Unwittingly involving myself in a cult which took over a year to escape
    I payed quite a price to obtain the information I try and share on this Forum and other places to help others
    Please keep this in mind when reading the rest my answer
    Given what is happening in the World I would not recommend to anyone these so called “Centers Not for any reason
    When we meditate we are wide open and can be vunrerable This is the main reason most experienced Mediators always meditate alone
    It is not difficult to teach yourself and I will provide a link that can help you get started
    There are many Meditations but the most popular and many would agree the easiest to learn is Samatha Meditation we use the breath as an anchor for the wondering mind It usually takes an average person two years of regular practice to master a meditation but is well worth the effort
    This link leads to six of videos on you tube that can help you get started
    I wish you well

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLvU7ppM4vE&featured=related

  • 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 hierarchical reverence. Westerners often find this hard to do. But it’s a cultural thing that Asians tend to mistake for being ‘buddhism’.

  • 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. The more one strives to seek happiness or to escape suffering, the greater are the burdens to mind and suffering. No matter how hard one strives, happiness that one gets can never be fulfilled. Otherwise, it always fades away very fast. Happiness is like something that lies ahead, waiting for a winner to grab it. It is like almost winning it, but letting it slip out of one’s hand and lie ahead again. It tempts and urges the mind to struggle all the time in the hope that one will finally possess everlasting happiness.

    As a matter of fact, happiness that we search for is only an illusion that is unrealizable. We often think if only we could get it, if only we could have it, if only we could avoid it, we would be happy. We ignorantly hold the belief that knowledge, wealth, a family, relatives and friends, reputation, power, joy, health and so on bring about happiness. We strive painstakingly for happiness without realizing what happiness really is.

    Buddhism does not teach us to search for happiness that is an illusion
    like that, but teaches us to study Suffering (dukkha), which is a fact of life. It is only Buddhism that answers questions about Suffering directly. It also tells us the Cause of Suffering and the practices towards the Extinction of Suffering. If we study Suffering until we can attain the Extinction of Suffering, then, we will immediately penetrate happiness that is overwhelming, perfect and present right before our very eyes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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