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Podcast Episode 46: Words of Advice For The Beginning Buddhist

Podcast Episode 46: Words of Advice For The Beginning Buddhist

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number forty-six. My name is Brian Schell, and I am the your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 46: Words of Advice For The Beginning Buddhist

Words of Advice for the New Buddhist

Question:

I am in the midst of a spiritual journey that has lead me to explore Buddhism.

So I would like to ask: If you could say anything to someone looking into Buddhism for the first time what would you say?

Answer:

I will now boil down all my experience with Buddhism into one pithy line that will quickly . . . → Read More: Words of Advice for the New Buddhist

Koan: Trading Dialogue for Lodging

Provided he makes and wins an argument about Buddhism with those who live there, any wondering monk can remain in a Zen temple. If he is defeated, he has to move on.

In a temple in the northern part of Japan two brother monks were dwelling together. The elder one was learned, but the younger one was . . . → Read More: Koan: Trading Dialogue for Lodging

Beginners Buddhism Books

Beginner’s Books

Last week I mentioned that sometimes I get two of the same question at the same time. Well it happened again, this time regarding reading material:

Question:

Hi, I wanted to know if we are new to Buddhism what reading material would you suggest to start out. Thank you,

and also

I’ve been interested in Buddhism for quite some . . . → Read More: Beginners Buddhism Books

A Buddhist Diet

Question:

Recently new to Buddhism this year, I want to thank you for your Podcast #43 on The Foundations of Buddhism. I have a question regarding diet – If we should not intake mind-alternating beverages like caffeine and alcohol and we should refrain from eating animals and seafood that have been killed. How do you justify a . . . → Read More: A Buddhist Diet

Rebirth and Karma

Question:

I really enjoy your e-mails and have a question. I accept the idea of no self and it makes sense to me. I believe like the Hindus that I am an expression of the ONE, but before I was born why do I have no recollection of this? It seems that my awareness only . . . → Read More: Rebirth and Karma

Weekly Buddhism Issue 20

Issue #20 ($1.25)

Contents of This Issue:

War and Peace
Review: Sampoojanam, Reverence of the Buddha
Mindfulness and Creativity
Koan: Without Words without Silence
Koan: Three More Days
Koan: The Three Calls of the Emperor’s teacher
Am I Buddhist Enough?

14 Pages. Buy it now for $1.25

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Podcast Episode 45: Am I Buddhist Enough?

Podcast Episode 45: Am I Buddhist Enough?

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number forty-five. My name is Brian Schell, and I am the your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 45: Am I Buddhist Enough?

Koan: Three Days More

Suiwo, the disciple of Hakuin, was a good teacher. During one summer seclusion period, a pupil came to him from a southern island of Japan.

Suiwo gave him the problem: “Hear the sound of one hand.”

The pupil remained three years but could not pass this test. One night he came in tears to Suiwo. “I must return . . . → Read More: Koan: Three Days More

Mindfulness and Creativity

Question:

I’ve got a question about mindfulness. I try hard to be fully present in the moment and DO whatever I’m doing, whether listening to a coworker or walking the dog, etc. Here’s my small problem: as a side-job, I write and perform music, and the pressure to produce new material is pretty high. To meet the . . . → Read More: Mindfulness and Creativity