It is best to go on a course, and spend some time giving it a go under the guidance of a teacher and/or a structured program. However, there is plenty you can do in the meantime.
I very strongly recommend the text, "The Heart Of Buddhist Meditation" by Venerable Nyanaponika. You can't just read it online but you can buy it for a decent price at BPS
f you like ajahn brahm he's got guided meditations you can get as mp3s from his site www.bswa.org
thats a simple way to start
Do not be afraid, just do it. These excellent beginner's guides are commendable:
Basic Breath Meditation Instructions by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
dumb bonbu wrote:hi folk, in need of a little advice. first a bit of background info...i started reading the Pali Canon this year in the hope it would enrichen my understanding and appreciation of the tradition i practice (Jodo Shinshu, Pure Land) and in a way, it is doing. but i'm feeling drawn to Theravada the more and more i investigate. i'm going to take my time reading from both traditions and over the course of this year and next, visit temples and centers belonging to both traditions. i don't want to mix and match traditions but neither do i want to make any snap decisions, that's why i'm planning to take my time.
Vipassana, or indeed any form of meditation doesn't really play a role in Jodo Shinshu so as regards that, i'm at a total beginners level. and to tell the truth, i'm not 100% on whether i should begin at all without first attending some lessons. would it do more damage than good? but recently i've come to realise the sheer wealth of information out there, especially podcasts by quite respected figures (Bodhi Bhikkhu, Thanissaro Bhikkhu etc). i realise the best option would be to find a teacher and i would certainly intend to but to get me started maybe online podcasts and lectures could help.
what are people's views? is it best to wait until i can attend lessons (there's no centres near to where i live so i would have to book time off work and go somewhere for a few days, which i'm more than happy and willing to do) or is there no reason why i couldn't make a start where i am? or would that do more damage than good? any advice is much appreciated!
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