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 Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism

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PostSubject: Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism   Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:57 pm



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I've posted the link below for any members who are interested in finding out more about the Concepts and Teachings of Buddhism (eg Three Universal Truths, Five Precepts, Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path, scriptures, Buddhist festivals and more)

http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/footsteps.htm

(If you follow the path and teachings of Buddha already, we would love to hear what first drew you to Buddhism, and what you feel it has to offer others. )

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PostSubject: Re: Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism   Sat May 09, 2009 2:12 pm

Hi Pat, thanks for the link .
I have recently met a lovely chap who is a buddhist, And I have made enquiries about their :meditate: meditation group. The lady I met was so lovely and helpful...Carn't wait, I go next week on Friday.

Have been invited to their spring celebration in the lake district this month. I can't go for the whole weekend because of work commitments, but am going for the one day. Will let you know how it goes...
Will ask Ron if he would write something about the buddhist beliefs, if you want...


love Debbie xxx
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PostSubject: Re: Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism   Wed May 13, 2009 2:52 am

Hi everyone, well went to my !st ever buddhist teaching and meditation last night.
I walked alone into a lovely group of 9 people I had never met before, which was a little daunting as I am not that confident. but asked the angels for help... and of course they did...
A young Monk gave the teaching, it was to do with stilling the mind and showing compassion in any circumstances, especially in difficult times.
And why we CHOOSE to become angry with things or people... how to let go and give up victory to the other person, why do we find it so hard to let go...what stops us from saying ..ok we will do it your way, not mine...???

As far as the mediatation went, that was lovely, only for me as soon as I started to relax.....I started to see colours and peoples faces!! This always happens when I meditate... I had to really focuss hard on my breathing and ask them ( spirit that is) to leave...
Plus I went very cold and tingerly to the point of my arms were aching... I felt that something else was with us and it wasn't Budda....lol
I didn't say anything as they were all in a different place mentally, There was a point that yes I did enjoy the teaching , but I felt I was experiencing something else... oh heavens does that make sense???

I did enjoy it, and will go back on Friday, see if 'things' settle down a bit..lol

love to you all Debbie xx
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PostSubject: Re: Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism   Wed May 13, 2009 1:57 pm

sounds brilliant and your so lucky to see colours /faces when meditating all i seem to get is backache lol,but its early days for me yet i suppose .i was looking for a local meditation class myself few months ago,but could only find a buddhist one,and is about 10 mile away,but i shall keep reading of your experiences at yours and it may give me the courage to try it xx
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PostSubject: Re: Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism   Thu May 14, 2009 6:02 am

Hi Fluffy, :bouquet:

I had to laugh when you said all you get is back ache ...lol
I must say by the time it had finished my bum was aching!!! I shoudn't do really, not with the amount of natural paddding I have .....I wonder to myself if they would notice if I slipped in with a cushion next time ??? lol,

All I can say is they are a friendly bunch of people, with the same aim as all of us... trying :choices: to make the world a better place!!!

Take care light and love debbie xx
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PostSubject: Re: Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism   Thu May 14, 2009 10:57 am

lol.dont they use a cushion did you just sit on the floor ?maybe you could make a special secret one that fits into the back of your trousers ,no one would know although you may get strange looks lol and could be embarassing Embarassed xx
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PostSubject: Re: Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism   Thu May 14, 2009 1:51 pm

lol! be honest it could be a problem if we were to sit on the floor, heaven forbid I would never be able to get up again...xxxx
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PostSubject: Re: Following the Buddha's Footsteps - The Basic Teaching of Buddhism   Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:39 pm

Hi, :bouquet:
Just a quick up date on my Buddhist journey....I have so many different journeys going on its no wonder I dont know if I am coming or going!! lol
I went to the buddhist centre on Sunday. they were having a day retreat with :meditate: meditation and a lovely lunch thrown in as well. I went at 9 and it finished at 6pm..
I really enjoyed it, I had had a very Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad stressful week and I needed the time out and it was really nice meeting new people. Though I did have a slight panic attack at going in on my own!!! I rang the door bell before I changed my mind.
We had disscussions and believe or not, because I didnt realise till Dragen the resident monk told me 5 hours of mediataion!!
I must have needed it ...
will keep you up dated as I go...
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