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mm im getting to the end of *the heart of the buddha's teachings..*
i dont really wanna read about the same stuff again in another context.. and i dont want a book thats hard to understand. .
any advice on where to go to next?
Thank you for the book choices you were given to read. I have started on the Heart of Buddha's teachings.
I am new to the site in the sense that I joined last year and then kind of lost my way. I call myself a Buddhist in the sense that I know it is the path that makes the most sense for me but I understand that I barely know anything about it to be considered one by those who are much more knowledgeable.
Welcome to the site and I hope to have more of a presence here than I have had in the past. Many apologies to all..
Well to all I am still tring to get back in to the reading. I wish there were a Buddhist temple nearby to go to. I know I would like the interaction better live than in reading.
There is one that is supposed to be close but the sermons are all in a foreign language and the monks do not speak much English so I doubt I would get much from it.
I guess I will have to keep seeking until I find one....
I guess you can turn your own words into a mantra.
Well, no, not really. The syllables in mantra are there because they set up specific vibrations in the winds and channels. Ordinary words wouldn't do the same thing, but I agree with your point that the breath and concentration are extremely important. But exactly how you deal with the breath and the winds and channels is something on a Dzogchen level of accomplishment and not for us beginners, so I think it's just enough to know that mantra, if done correctly and with proper motivation, is extraordinarily powerful.
Not long ago someone recorded H.H. Penor Rinpoche and his monks at the New York Retreat Center reciting mantra, the 7-line prayer to Guru Rinpoche, and so forth. He then mixed it with sort of a hip-hop beat. Some people were shocked and said he couldn't do that. Penor Rinpoche just laughed. He said mantra is indestructible, and if mixing it as a hip-hop piece made a connection with those who may have never connected, then that was a good thing! That's the power of mantra.
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Like alot of books on buddhism it has parts I can use, and parts I just kind of look at and say "no, I dont like that idea at all". Although if it has one little passage that hits me right, or clears something up, its worth the read.
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The Wise Heart by Kornfield - have not finished it, but for seeing the Dharma act in its healing mode, this is the one for you. It appears that no one comes to the Dharma via Kornfield unless they are deeply disturbed & psychological basket-cases. I am exaggerating, but not that much. I guess he chose to highlight the healing properties of attention meditation and such an approach certainly does help & heal.