Saturday, 24. December 2005
Urban Dharma - Buddhism in America
The goal of Urban Dharma is to offer original articles, essays and photos on Buddhism and archive related articles and essays by a variety of authors in a multi-yana way.
There are already many comprehensive books on Buddhism as a philosophy, and on the theoretical aspects of Buddhist meditation. If you are interested in that material we urge you to read those books. Many of them are excellent. This book is a 'How to.' It is written for those who actually want to meditate and especially for those who want to start now. There are very few qualified teachers of the Buddhist style of meditation in the United States of America. It is our intention to give you the basic data you need to get off to a flying start. Only those who follow the instructions given here can say whether we have succeeded or failed. Only those who actually meditate regularly and diligently can judge our effort. No book can possibly cover every problem that a meditator may run into. You will need to meet a qualified teacher eventually. In the mean time, however, these are the basic ground rules; a full understanding of these pages will take you a very long way.
Mindfulness In Plain English by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana (free eBook, English)
- Buddhism in America (English)
This is a very large Buddhist religious site run out of Los Angeles by an American monk, Rev. Kusala, who was ordained in the Vietnamese Zen (Chan) tradition. The site is designed to introduce contemporary Buddhism to the public and as an informational source. Urban Dharma seeks to “be a resource for Americans interested in Buddhism, and to present the Buddha Dharma in a useful and understandable way.” Although many of the essays are intended to promote Buddhism and a Buddhist religious perspective, the site also includes English translations of important early South Asian documents.
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