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What’s the best use of beginners mind?

JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matterNetherlands Veteran

I remember when I was starting with my buddhism about six years ago. My first contact was an introductory course given by a lay member at a temple, and he gave a great exposition of what Buddhism was all about, the kind of concepts you would encounter. It seemed pretty good to me.

The thing is, as a beginner I was very open. Everything was new, and there was something to be had from every session or course. So I just went and did things. Local temples and societies are a great resource for beginners, I think.

As soon as you’ve read a few books and you think you know, you don’t accept things so easily anymore. So I would say just try things.

What do you think is a good way to start with buddhism?


  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Be discerning. Be objective. See what resonates. Question everything.

  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    Best use of a beginners mind is....
    keeping it.

  • A good way to start with Buddhism is to seek it out for oneself.
    A seeking eye may have less dust than an unseeking eye.

  • What do you think is a good way to start with buddhism?

    First familiarise oneself with The 4NTs through books and videos from different schools/traditions...

    Afterwhich (and if that way inclined)... find a teacher or teachers, virtual or in person ....

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