Previous lives

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Previous lives

Postby Shanali » Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:51 am

Hello, I'm a young 15 year old girl who is born into a Buddhist family.I am new to Buddhism myself and would like to have a better understanding about my religion.I'm personally not sure where to start but I would like to know more about how rebirth and our previous lives work. :lol: :lol: :thanks:

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Re: Previous lives

Postby SarathW » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:05 am

Hi Shanali
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

This is my standard recommendation.
a)Read BuddhismCourse. (Take about 12 hours to read and give you a good idea about the teaching)

b)Print a copy of this Dhamma Chart and refer to it while studding Buddhism.

c) Read Buddha’s Teaching by Narada. Start from chapter 15. ... gsurw6.pdf

d) While you reading above texts please listen to the following Dhamma Talk by Joseph Goldstein.
e) Start reading Sutta.
Good starting point would be to read Bikkhu Bodhi’s “In the Buddha’s Word”
Then read Sutta Central. Start from Majjhima Nikaya.

You are ready to (let) go!
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Previous lives

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:07 am

Welcome to DW!

See also the Theravadin Resource Guide:


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Re: Previous lives

Postby Mkoll » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:41 am

Hello and welcome Shanali,

In The Buddha's Words by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi is a great place to start.
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Previous lives

Postby paul » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:51 am

Welcome to DW and rebirth is a good place to start because knowledge of kamma is the fundamental form of Right View, the first link in the Noble Eightfold Path. As well as doing some study you should examine the action of cause and effect (kamma) in your own actions and the repercussions that result from them. This is the basic process of rebirth and it should be understood as personal experience.

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Re: Previous lives

Postby Shanali » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:53 am

Thank you all very much for the help, I really appreciate all the advice given for my understanding of Buddhism. I will definitely take all your advice on board. :thanks: :P :D

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Re: Previous lives

Postby tampasteve2 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:43 pm

Wow, thank everyone for links to all of these great resources! Love the Dhamma chart!

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