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Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje on November 19, 1999 at 22:57:35:

In Reply to: HELP GREATLY APPREVIATED posted by Roxana Javadi on November 19, 1999 at 17:40:24:

As far as what it's like being a buudhist, it's difficult for me to describe. At times it is a very difficult path. To try and show real caring, compassion and love towards all beings, no matter what they do, say or feel is probably the most difficult aspect for me. Not because this ability isn't there (it is in all of us), it's because of attachments to how I have been conditioned to think things and people should be. Like I said, buddhist practice for me is very difficult to describe, because it comes from deep inside of me and I feel it is probably different for anyone. There are also so many different schools og Budddhist practice and lineages within those schools. I would suggest 2 things. One, find a buddhist center, church or group(s) and visit them. Usually most centers, etc. are very open.
Second, a couple of books come to mind. I know your class is Anthropology so you should talk to the source(buddhists), but these books may give you a little insight. One is "Awakening the Buddha Within", by Lama Surya Das and the other is "What The Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula. Two different scools, one Hinayana and the other Vajrayana by two different authors, one from the West and one from Sri Lanka. Also, my most favorites are by the Dalai Lama. Libraries usually have a good supply. Good luck on your research and I hope others have suggestions and help too. Kindness, compassion and Caring!!!!


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