SonOtheSouth wrote:I'm new to Buddhism, and not sure where to begin... or even where it would even fit in to my life as a christian. But what little I have read about it, it seems like something I need to learn more about and apply to my life in some way. I have read that Theravada Buddhism is the original, in which the Buddha taught the way to end suffering in one's life, and that it was not religious in any way. That he denied that he was in any way a deity, and neither denied or affirmed the existence of God. On the other hand my understanding is that Mahayana is a bit different in that it is this group that says prayers to Buddha or whatever. ( is this right ? forgive my ignorance on the subject ) As such, perhaps the teachings of the Theravada tradition are something that can help me in my own life.
I'm not sure how, or where to begin. But I do know that my life has been full of a great deal of suffering, mostly at the hands of my own mind, which I find impossible to control. It is this that I'm seeking to eliminate... Not really sure what the point of this post is, other than to just confirm that I have the above understanding correct, and to just get some advice on where to go from here.
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