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Lions Roar : March 2016
BEGINNER’S MIND I’m interested in going to a Buddhist center in my city. I’ve never done this before. Any advice? It sounds like you’re a little nervous and unsure what to expect. That’s okay—Bud- dhists talk about the value of “not-knowing,” after all. But we do have some tips. First: do some googling to see what your options are. And you’ll find a helpful directory of Buddhist centers right in the back of this magazine. Visit centers’ websites and social media to get a sense of the tradition and teachings they represent. Which ones reflect what’s drawn you to Buddhism? Look for special beginner-friendly and drop-in events. Here are some things to keep in mind for your visit to a center. 1) Yo u ’ r e under no obligation to do anything you don’t want to—and you’re free to leave if you don’t like the feel of the place. 2) That said, Buddhist practice is often about letting go, so try your best to have a spirit of playful experimenta- tion. Bowing or chanting may be outside of your experience, but you’re there to try something new. Don’t worry about getting things wrong, because that’s expected. 3) Centers often rely on generosity to function. You are free to make a donation but not obligated. 4) Different communities have different feels— some are mostly silent, some are talkier, and so on. Keep looking and soon you’ll find one where you feel at home. Do Buddhists believe in a soul? The short answer is no. In fact, this is the defining premise of Buddhism and one of the main things that differentiates it from other religions. In ancient Hinduism, the soul was called the atman and the basic Buddhist view was described as anatman—no soul. DHARMA FAQS We answer your questions about Buddhism & meditation. BUDDHISM BY THE NUMBERS HAVING ESTABLISHED the reality, cause, and end of suffering, in the final noble truth the Buddha taught his disciples the eight-step path to awakening. Because they represent the actions and comportment of one who lives in accord with the dharma, these eight aspects of Buddhist practice are described as “wise,” “skillful,” “correct,” or simply, “right.” 1. Right view—a true understanding of how reality and suffering are intertwined. 2. Right resolve—the aspiration to act with correct intention, doing no harm. 3. Right speech—abstaining from lying, and divisive or abusive speech. 4. Right action—acting in ways that do not cause harm, such as not taking life, not stealing, and not engaging in sexual misconduct. 5. Right livelihood—making an ethically sound living, being honest in business dealings. 6. Right effort—endeavoring to give rise to skill- ful thoughts, words, and deeds and renouncing unskillful ones. 7. Right mindfulness—being mindful of one’s body, feelings, mind, and mental qualities. 8. Right concentration—practicing skillful meditation informed by all of the preceding seven aspects. These eight steps are considered to be of three types: right view and right resolve are related to our development of wisdom; right speech, right action, and right livelihood to ethical conduct; and right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration to meditation. RAYFENWICKILLUSTRATIONSBYNOLANPELLETIER LION’S ROAR | MARCH 2016 34