Beginners – Where to start

Who was the Buddha?

The story of the Buddha when he was still a Prince – and why he set off on his quest for Enlightenment:

How to find a real Refuge

How to find a place of real safety – something we can always return to, to rely upon – anytime, anyplace:

Why do Buddhists Bow and Give Offerings?

Keys to Understanding Buddhism Better

How to use Buddhism in your everyday life

How to Walk the Path of the Buddhas

This is how to practice Buddhism and how to apply it to your everyday life – simplified into 3 steps – morality, stillness and wisdom

1. Virtue Training – Shila

If you can live according to solid principles – then this gives you peace of mind because you

2. Stillness of Mind Training – Samadhi

The mind likes to think – it’s like a monkey which jumps from this thought to that thought, running here, there and everywhere.  But we are not going to allow it to do that – we will rein this monkey mind of ours in by anchoring this monkey down.  And once this monkey mind is anchored down to 1 spot by tying it down to a pole – preventing it from running around dissipating its energy – when the mind gets tired, it will settle down right there.

What’s this pole that we use can use to anchor our mind down?

By focusing only on 1 thought instead of a million different thoughts – choosing a meditation object that our mind responds well to – like a mantra or the breath.  And if we ever notice our mind wandering again – we gently, patiently bring it back to our meditation object again and again and again.

Shamatha Meditation

Calming and stabilizing the mind so that it is tranquil

We do this by letting go of everything else and only focusing our minds on 1 thing – 1 meditation object.  

Here are some examples of meditation objects – you can try each or all of them to see what your mind responds to best:

Vipashyana/Vipassana Meditation

Insight Meditation – Gaining Insight into the Nature of your own Mind

3. Wisdom Training – Prajna