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From: Keith (
Subject: Re: Hello...I was wondering...
Date: September 3, 2004 at 8:46 am PST

In Reply to: Hello...I was wondering... posted by Jeannette on September 2, 2004 at 3:48 pm:

There are lots of good books about Buddhism. Any half-decent bookstore will have several. The best (IMO) introductory book is "What the Buddha Taught", by Walpola Rahula. It is still in print, so you can order it from Amazon, Chapters, or similar websites. It is also a classic, so you should be able to find it in public libraries.

Don't be afraid of going to the temple to investigate what they do. I have never heard of a Buddhist group that wasn't welcoming of newcomers. About the only difficulty would be if they practise in a foreign language: it would be hard to know what is going on. Do you know what denomination or nationality the temple represents? It would be perfectly okay in most temples to sit in the back to see what goes on.

If you don't want to do that, you could meet privately with someone from the temple to ask questions.

You might want to find a smaller meditation group to meet with. This will give you a place to ask questions, as well as get you introduced to meditation and other Buddhist practices. Some groups advertise in the phone book; some have websites. If there is a university or college nearby, their Religious Studies department may have contacts with Buddhist groups in your area.

If you have questions, feel free to come over to the Buddhism board here at VegSource, and I'll try to answer them.


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