Hello and greetings!
I’m filled with joy and happiness to see all the wonderful people on this forum providing amazing resources, helpful information, as well as support on the path of new Buddhists. It’s heart-warming, and I’m calmly excited about walking this spiritual path. By way of a quick introduction:
I have always yearned for a spiritual root, and feel that it’s something missing in my life. In the past I’ve studied all kinds of religions, and initially Buddhism interested me but I wasn’t in a point of my life where I had the time or resources to jump in. I do now, and recently immersed myself in self-education:
- Watching various YouTube channels, including BWSA, and Dharma/LamRim sessions from my local Buddhist centers.
- Study Buddhism which has a huge amount of articles ranging from beginner to advanced.
- Recently purchased and started on Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Pabonka Rinpoche, and The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh.
While I have learnt a lot, there is a lot of material out there and various directions about how to get started! An overwhelming amount really. And so, onto the question(s):
What is the best way for a beginner to start precisely?
Should I focus on LamRim exclusively? Or incorporate only pieces of that, along with other studies?
Am I better off reading Buddhist Life, Buddhist Path and coupling that with the lectures found here?
How much meditation should I do, along with all this learning?
I apologize for the amount of questions, I’m sure many of you see these questions a lot. I’m also very grateful in advance for any help that I’m able to receive here.