Re: overwhelmed form the start

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Posted by Michael Pollard ( on August 31, 2000 at 05:27:14:

In Reply to: overwhelmed form the start posted by Pam on August 31, 2000 at 01:59:04:

Confusion and fear are normal, particularly when you try to understand before your ready. As an example, I felt quite frustrated after reading teachings online and still not having a clue, even as I begun to read books I felt frustrated. I soon decided, `if I read enough and let it go, I would get it... I'm smart enough...'. And that's what I did, I continued reading and, while many things still illude me, I don't feel so frustrated.

One way you can combate this confusion, start by understanding the general structure Buddhism, namely the 4 Nobal truths and the 8 Fold Path. The 4 nobal truths emoby those things we should realize and practice; and the 8 Fold path is what the 4th Truth says we should practice. There's a couple of books that discusse these things, I've read "The world of Tibetan Buddhism" and "The way to freedom" both by the Dalai Lama. They explain how the Buddhist infrastructure is set up, based on Tibetan Buddhism, and are good overveiw. But If you want the overview and the details "Awakening the Buddha within" By Lama Surya Das is very good; and it's follow up "Awakening to the sacred" is good because it details ways to practice and bring Buddhism into your life. So, go to and weight these books (based on reviews) against another, and anyothers you find, and then try or more. If you want, you could by all of them. If you've already read these books, dang... just remeber, the more you learn the more likely it
will all fit together. Metta.

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