Hi, I recently started to meditate and every time I meditate I can not silence my inner voice and random thoughts. I try to focus on a sound or repeat a omen but I am being distracted by my thoughts. Any tips?
Mediation is very hard to do correctly to begin with.. Trying listening to a CD with instructions to help you
The Festival of Tooth:
Inside the cage on the elephants is said to be the left canine tooth of the Buddha, snatched from his funeral Prye over 2,500 years ago, and smuggled from India to Sri Lanka in the 4th century AD.
A festival of his tooth happens every year in August.
It is not allowed to be seen by anyone, so its exist is doubted by some.
I went to Thailand this summer and met some extraordinary people and was drawn heavily towards Buddhism. I am willing to learn, but have no clue where to start. There are no temples near me or monks. But Buddhism is something I really want to practice... Any advice?
Read. Reading to expand your knowledge on Buddhism is one of the best things a beginner can do, so they can start their journey.
I discovered your blog and just wanted to make two comments that may be of help to some people.
1- What The Buddha Taught - By Walpola Rahula may be one of the best books on the subject ever written. It does not approach the subject from the point of view of any particular sect- nor does it devolve into the typical mish-mash of quasi-New-Ageism that many Buddhist books do. It teaches, as the title says, What the Buddha Taught- primarily referencing the original pali cannon. This is the book I personally recommend to anyone looking to get into Buddhism.
2- I see a lot of people talking about “converting” to Buddhism on here. I would make two remarks. First- one doesn’t need to “convert” to Buddhism to practice it or let it influence their life. Even the Dalai Lama said that it was preferable for people NOT to convert in many cases if they were brought up in a different faith. Second- One of my favorite things about Buddhism is that, unlike many other faiths, you don’t have to convert now and forever. You are absolutely permitted to take Refuge temporarily. Take refuge for a day. A week. Whatever you want. Try it out. Take it for a spin and see how it feels. As the Buddha said you must try his teaching out, being a lamp unto yourself.
Just my 2cents.
I have heard about and like the teachings and beliefs of Buddhism that I want to become a Buddhist. But I do not know which form of Buddhism would suit me and so I do not know which form of Buddhism to follow. Do you know if there are any books on the matter I can read to help me understand Buddhism better? And can one just be a Buddhist or should one go for one of the types of Buddhism? Sorry if that sounds naive but it would mean a lot if you could help me out :)
There are many different types of Buddhism.
I’m not sure of books that talk about the different types; but the three main sects are Theravada, Mahayana and Tibetan
I always suggest books by the Dalai Lama for beginners, they are made for the general public and are easy to understand.
what books or websites would you recommend to someone who is looking to learn more about Buddhism?
Anything by the Dalai Lama!
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryn Suzuki
What are the 5 precepts and 4 noble truths? (I believe I got the numbers correct)
1. Abstain from killing living beings;
2. Abstain from taking that which not given;
3. Abstain from sexual misconduct;
4. Abstain from false speech;
5. Abstain from distilled substances that confuse the mind. (Alcohol and Drugs)
1. The Noble Truth of Dukkha - stress, unsatisfactoriness, suffering;
2. The Noble Truth of the causal arising of Dukkha, which is grasping, clinging and wanting;
3. The Noble Truth of Nirvana, The ending of Dukkha. Awakening, Enlightenment. “Mind like fire unbound”;
4. The Noble Truth of the Path leading to Nirvana or Awakening.
Im 17 living in a christian home, in fact the majority of my family is Christian. Ive lived as a christian but it just hasn't felt right to me. Recently I have been looking into other religions. I want to find something right for me, even if it is against my family's beliefs. From my brief knowledge of Buddhism, this has really resonated with me. A lot of the goals seem to be what i want and believe. Where is a good place to start learning about it? Without causing issues amongst my family.
Reading books, its a simple way to learn without make a big fuss about you learning more to your family.
are you buddhists since your birth or did you join buddhism when you were older ??
I was born into a Catholic household.