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3 years ago  ::  Jun 20, 2011 - 1:24PM #1
Celinemuzic
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im new to theravada buddhism. im a woman i heard that its mostly men in this religion is that true? i also heard that we only eat from sunrise to noon is that true? where do i start how do i start? im so lost...
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3 years ago  ::  Jun 20, 2011 - 4:15PM #2
Bob0
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You can follow the dharma and eat regular meals. It is the ordained monks
that are limited in their meals. I recommend taking small steps, and each day
seeing how the dharma fits you. Here is an excellent site to start with. 

 



 


As for theravada women, beware of ambition and the dharma will serve you
well. Most of my friends don't know they are theravada, they think they are
Buddhist. And so they are.

 


Why are you interested in theravada?

 


And you can always ask questions. No question is dumb. Each journey starts
with one small step.

 


Wishing you small tranquil days.

 


Bob
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3 years ago  ::  Jun 20, 2011 - 5:46PM #3
Bhakta_glenn
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Jun 20, 2011 -- 1:24PM, Celinemuzic wrote:

im new to theravada buddhism. im a woman i heard that its mostly men in this religion is that true? i also heard that we only eat from sunrise to noon is that true? where do i start how do i start? im so lost...



Theravada Buddhism has a very long history of successfully teaching the Dhamma to women, 2500 years in Asia. At my local Buddhist Vihara [Temple], the women usually take charge of the daily running of things. The manager is a woman. However, the Sangha is male, and the Spiritual Director is also a man. Running and cleaning the Vihara for the Sangha is not considered to be an act of menial drudgery for male chauvinists. It is considered to be a source of merit, wholesome kamma which leads a person towards Enlightenment.

Whilst the Vihara is from the Burmese Theravada Tradition, they specialise in Teaching Western Students.

Whilst it is true that only monks keep to the strict rule of eating one meal per day, before noon, lay people are also asked to follow this training rule when in attendance at a temple for a meditation retreat. The reason is that eating too much food causes mental dullness, and one becomes very sleepy.

Away from the Buddhist Temple, a lay person may eat as much or as little as required, including meat. According to Theravada Buddhism, eating meat is karmically neutral:


www.satipanya.org.uk/index.php?page=audi...


This website offers an audio foundation course in Theravada Buddhism, which one may listen to in one's own time. There are also audio guided meditations and audio introductory practices. The value of listening to audio is that one is 'Hearing the Dhamma', in the same way as the Buddha taught the Dhamma, by word of mouth.


Theravada Buddhism offers training in Mental Development. This free ebook may be helpful:


mahamakuta.inet.co.th/english/b-way.html



what-buddha-said.net/library/Manual/Medi...


Manual on the 4 Main Meditation Methods:

The Buddha’s core Teachings on Mental Training.









what-buddha-said.net/library/Buddhist.Di...


Buddhist Dictionary
Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines,
by MahaThera Nyanatiloka


 


what-buddha-said.net/

What the Buddha said in plain English!


May this material be of benefit to you.




 


 


 

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3 years ago  ::  Jun 21, 2011 - 4:12AM #4
Bhakta_glenn
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Theravada Buddhism


Chanting


Prior to sitting in meditation, a small puja is performed.


The wording of the Puja may be downloaded for prining in Word or PDF Format.


The document is entitled 'Text All Puja' [Word Document],


Text All Puja [Word doument]


or 'Text All Puja' [PDF]


Text All Puja [PDF


The wording of the Puja is written in both English and Pali. Pali is the sacred language of the Theravada.


Whilst the link entitled


Morning Chant with Refuges and Precepts


leads to a file for the Windows Media Player. One may just listen to the Chant or one may downlod the file for listening offline.


Any or all of the audio files may be downloaded and burned to disc for listening offline.


With regard to meditation: listening to chanting is jsut as valuable and is also efficacious for developing a person's mind on the Path to Enlightenment.


One may listen to the Morning Chant with Refuges and Precepts whilst folowing them by simulateously reading the Puja Text.


www.satipanya.org.uk/index.php?page=chan...


 

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