Buddhism: I wish to learn more

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    Yoo-hoo!

    For instance, you said generosity is the first of six, and the easiest to learn. What are the rest?
     
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    Generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiastic perserverance, concentration and wisdom.

    These are life long practices.
     
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    And they are linear? i.e., you have to go from generosity to ethics, to patience, etc.

    Obviously, I already flunked patience. :D
     
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    They are linear in one way, in terms of easiest to most challenging.

    You probably have a good handle on the first three. Generosity, ethics and patience. I've noticed you practice all three as a poster.

    You are generous with praise and reps, you are ethical in your dealings with others and most of the time, VERY patient. I've seen you exercise the ignore feature and take frequent breaks to make sure you're not being too hot headed.

    That's really great practice IMO.

    I flunk patience every day. So every day, I make a new beginning.
     
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    /hugs

    I think we ALL do the 'every day' thing. *even if we don't know that's what we're doing, it fits in many spiritual teachings*
     
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    Perseverance!

    Procrastination is one of my biggest issues.
     
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    here;

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Buddhism-Beginners-Thubten-Chodron/dp/1559391537/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1339807517&sr=8-5&keywords=buddhism]Amazon.com: Buddhism for Beginners (9781559391535): Thubten Chodron: Books[/ame]



    its a Book....you know...."A set of written, printed pages fastened along one side and encased between protective covers."
     
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    Just put it off.
     
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    The principal teachings of Gautama Buddha can be summarised in what the Buddhists call the 'Four Noble Truths':

    First - There is suffering and misery in life.

    Second- The cause of this suffering and misery is desire.

    Third - Suffering and misery can be removed by removing desire.

    Fourth - Desire can be removed by following the Eight Fold Path.

    ABSENCE OF THE CONCEPT OF GOD IN BUDDHISM

    Buddha was silent about the existence or non-existence of God. Buddhism provided Dhamma or the 'impersonal law' in place of God. Many scholars consider the evolution of the concept of Buddha as a god or as an object of worship within Buddhism as an effect of Hinduism.

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    Islam And Buddhism
     
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    Yes, we all do the make a new beginning every day. The book that teaches the Six Perfections in detail is called The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva. Pema Chodron has a CD out called Don't Bite the Hook.

    The Way of the Bodhisattva is divided into the topic of the Six Perfection. Short stanza to memorize, contemplate and then meditate on.

    Here is an example from the Patience chapter:

    "Pain, humiliation, insults or rebukes,
    We do not want them
    Either for ourselves or those we love,
    For those we do not like, it's quite the opposite!"
     
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