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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.

    SJDR21
  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    Read. Watch dharma video's on YouTube. Listen to podcasts.

    Practice sila, see if you can find yourself in that.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_ethics

    And at least read the Anapanasati Sutra and some descriptions of mindful breathing so you can practice the beginning meditations there.

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.118.than.html
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anapanasati

    ShoshindhammachickSJDR21
  • 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:

    lobsterdhammachick
  • 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....

    karastiSJDR21
  • 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...

    lobster
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    That's what I told him....

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