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I have no way of visiting a temple what do I do?

SJDR21SJDR21 Puerto Rico New

Its been two months ince I started on the path and I cant go to any temples to better educate myself, practice or just meditate. What do I do?

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  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    Go without. I haven't been to a temple in about 4 years, I think. None that I can visit, near me, at all....

  • genkakugenkaku Northampton, Mass. U.S.A. Veteran

    @SJDR21 -- If you have a practice, do that. If you don't, do that. It is nice to have a temple to visit -- it is, as you say, an education. But then ... well, it's nice not to have a temple. That too is a good education.

    Be patient. Pay attention. Take responsibility. Don't worry -- there's no way you could be wrong.

    Best wishes.

    SJDR21Clementine
  • DakiniDakini Veteran
    edited May 15

    OP, it's hard to fathom exactly how sincerely interested you are in educating yourself on Buddhism, when you abandon threads you start. We'd love to pitch in and help (I've learned a TON from this forum!), but we need your involvement if we're to be effective at it.

    You can meditate at home. There are videos on youtube, or DVD instructionals that you can buy. Podcasts are a great idea! I can recommend Dharma Geeks as one source of very interesting interview/podcasts, and also Roshi Joan Halifax's Upaya Zen Center site, for teachings from a variety of dharma teachers. Reading is also good--see your library or bookstore.
    https://www.upaya.org/dharmatalks/

    Bunks
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    I have been a Buddhist for 5? maybe 6 years? And I have never been to a temple in my life. It's not a requirement. The nearest ones are 200+ miles from me and simply aren't feasible with kids at home. I do have a teacher who I see 1-2 times a year (he travels around the state to a handful of smaller "satellite sanghas") and he thankfully puts his weekly teachings on youtube. I have a few other teachers I follow on there as well, but most of my practice consists simply of the basics because I find them to be quite enough as it is, :glasses:

    lobsterdhammachickherberto
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @SJDR21 What practice can't you do? What meditation can't you do? I take it you are studying now? <3

  • SJDR21SJDR21 Puerto Rico New

    lobster, I'm willing to try out new and different things. I dont think there is any kind of meditation I cant do. Im just starting off tho so i dont know many types of meditations. Yes I am a college student but i have the mornings free if that helps

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    OK how about starting with a year or two of daily practice?

    Which technique? :) You choose. o:)

    dhammachickHozan
  • Todd0248Todd0248 Australia New

    I'm like you no temple near me and I believe it is important to get some instruction also. Coming from a Christian background I think it takes time to understand the concepts

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    @SJDR21 said:
    lobster, I'm willing to try out new and different things. I dont think there is any kind of meditation I cant do. Im just starting off tho so i dont know many types of meditations. Yes I am a college student but i have the mornings free if that helps

    Remember that Buddhism is not something you incorporate into your Life.
    Buddhism - IS Life. Every moment, whether during a free morning, or at college, is a moment ripe with practice. You can meditate in a busy dining hall just as much as you could sitting in the sunshine, under a tree. It's a question of stilling that Monkey Mind and focusing on that mental silence which is both nourishing and calming.

    Buddhism is something that adopts you. You don't adopt it....

    karastiSJDR21herberto
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @Todd0248 said:
    I'm like you no temple near me and I believe it is important to get some instruction also. Coming from a Christian background I think it takes time to understand the concepts

    OK ... as wikipedia has closed for the weekend :p
    Here is a little something ...
    http://cundi.weebly.com/meditation.html

    Hope that helps. Otherwise we can set @Shoshin on you ... ;)

  • genkakugenkaku Northampton, Mass. U.S.A. Veteran

    Buddhism is something that adopts you. You don't adopt it....

    @federica -- Sometimes I feel as if I had been adopted and Buddhism changed its mind and decided to send me back to the ASPCA. :)

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    You're surprised....? ;)

  • Will_BakerWill_Baker Vermont Veteran

    I have no way of visiting a temple what do I do?
    -Don't visit a temple...

    lobsterseeker242
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    That's what I told him....

  • SJDR21SJDR21 Puerto Rico New

    Ok, no temples it is.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    You have a temple and a Sangha.
    You're on it right now.... ;)

    lobsterSJDR21
  • SJDR21SJDR21 Puerto Rico New

    Federica, you provided a very insightful pov. Thank you :awesome:

  • misecmisc1misecmisc1 I am a Hindu India Veteran
    edited June 4

    @SJDR21 said:
    Its been two months ince I started on the path and I cant go to any temples to better educate myself, practice or just meditate. What do I do?

    @SJDR21: I have not gone to a single Buddhist temple till now, since the thought came to me to see what Buddha taught, which was nearly 5 years ago and I think within 2 to 3 months of that I joined this forum. I will not say that now I know something about Buddhism, but whatever little-bit about Buddhism, which I came to know about, is only through internet. Also just to let you know till now I have not bought any book on Buddhism.

    My journey of spirituality began like this: Nearly 8 years ago, I saw that one of my room-mate had bought Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta to give as a gift to his father, when he would go home. So till the time he was there, I read few pages of it. After that I just forgot about it for the coming 3 years. So after 3 years, then one day I read the book 7 habits of highly effective people or something similar was the title of that book. In that book it suggested that we should read something each day which will be go for mind and we should pray each day which would be good for spirit. So I thought about this thing and then a thought came to me that why not read the Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta, as it will serve 2 purpose of both reading for mind and since it is a holy book, so it will help the spirit. Then I browsed for Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta on internet and got its commentary on internet and read it completely. After that, I bought Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta and the only spiritual book, which I have bought in my life till now is Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta, which I have read completely and which is the first book which introduced spirituality in my life and after reading this book, when I was trying to search on internet for how to meditate, then a thought came to me that since I had read in my history book (may be of class 7 or class 8) that Buddha attained Nirvana, so I thought Buddha would have meditated as usually the picture is depicted of Buddha sitting under a tree in meditation posture, then I thought that Buddha would have taught something about meditation and after this thought, I started searching on internet for Buddha's teachings and within 2 months I think this forum came up in some google search and I joined this forum, as I said above. Till now I have read teachings of Thai forerst tradition masters like Ajahn Chah, Brahm, Sumedho etc, Mahayana teachings on emptiness and compassion like Heart Sutra, Zen teachings of Dogen, Suzuki Roshi, Norman Fisher, teachings on Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings and Tibetian teachings of Atisha's seven point mind training, Tonglen, Shantideva's Way of Bodhisatva life and HHDL's teachings - most of the teachings were either in pdf format on internet or in you tube videos. Also heard many insightful dharma talks of Joseph Goldstein and Alan Wallace on you tube.

    Coming to your question regarding since you cant go to any temple, so what should you do, I think I read the answer somewhere on internet for a similar type of question and the answer was - Make a temple inside yourself, whatever you think are the things for which you want to go to a temple, all those things are already inside you, just find them.

    May all sentient beings be peaceful, happy, safe, protected, healthy and strong.

  • IronRabbitIronRabbit Veteran

    @SJDR21 said:
    Its been two months ince I started on the path and I cant go to any temples to better educate myself, practice or just meditate. What do I do?

    Late to the party, but I think you would benefit from creating your own altar and residing in your own temple. Be a solitary practicioner. There are worse things....

    lobsterShoshinDhammaDragon
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    @federica said:
    You have a temple and a Sangha.
    You're on it right now.... ;)

    Dear head/Temple dwellers, cyber-nones and monkettes,

    ... my local holy place is trampled by rhino
    http://www.buddhasutra.com/files/khaggavisana_sutta.htm

    May have to go to this local supermarket instead :3

    Om Mani Peme Yum!

    herberto
  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    @lobster said:
    May have to go to this local supermarket instead :3

    Where I live most people go to the supermarket instead of church on a Sunday morning.
    Praise the Lord Tesco!

    lobsterShoshinSJDR21herberto
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Maybe supermarkets can be encouraged to provide Buddhabooths?
    https://buddhabooth.com

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    @lobster said:
    Maybe supermarkets can be encouraged to provide Buddhabooths?
    https://buddhabooth.com

    How to make money out of a broom cupboard....

    lobsterVastmindKerome
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @lobster said:
    Maybe supermarkets can be encouraged to provide Buddhabooths?
    https://buddhabooth.com

    Thanks @lobster ....I've just ordered 10 and put them on your credit card :wink:

  • LionduckLionduck Veteran

    Have you ever considered you are the temple?

    lobsterHozan
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