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>>19759824
The only "eastern philosophy," geographically speaking, and assuming Islam is excluded for being a permutation of Mosaic religion, would be Buddhism, which has been practiced in Asia everywhere from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka to Japan. But it started in India so you'd need to start with the 'Jeets.

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>>19755693
Start with the jeets. Ask questions based on what you read, not based on what you haven't

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>>19756343
Start with the jeets. Satipatthana sutta in the Digha Nikaya

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Just start with the jeets

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Start with the jeets. If you only know energy through its conditioned forms anyway it doesn't sound like you're going to be able to exempt it from what applies to all phenomena without discrimination

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>>19699211
Please do the needful sir

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>>19699047
He started with the Jeets. Probably the Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra

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>>19693275
The Madhyamaka school takes a hardline stance on negating all empirical or relative explications of the ineffable absolute. They are represented by the works of Chandrakirti, who following Nagarjuna and Aryadeva would not argue for the emptiness of the absolute but against other positions. The idealistic schools mentioned, while also accepting emptiness, had a number of thinkers, who all largely followed Asanga and Vasubandhu, in agreeing with emptiness but also presented a system of explaining consciousness and how delusions arise, and this system, because it was descended from the sarvastivada-abhidharma school that Madhyamaka was a reaction against, is considered inferior by the Chandrakirti infuenced Madhyamaka doxographers of the Tibetan schools. However, in India the final form of historical Buddhism was a synthesis of Madhyamaka and Yogacara under Shantaraksita and Kamalasila, who took the Yogacara view to be a relative truth and the Madhyamaka as ultimate truth. This will be hard to follow without reading any of the material.

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Even without god there is cause and effect. Start with the jeets.

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>>19674794
Start with the 'Jeets

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You could start with the jeets, if it's Buddhist literature you're interested in

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>>19644204
>I want to get into buddhism as a complete beginner, where do I start?
This is the literature board so you start with books. I would suggest direct texts like the Dhammapada or the Heart Sutra rather than secondary lit since if you don't like the former there's no reason to explain them away using the latter. The problem with this approach is of course that you will read things and understand about 10% of it the first time, if you are lucky. Personally I have never read a general overview I liked, the best and most useful are going to be specific to Buddhism in a country or a specific sect. Also lots of translations provide useful introductions and notes, glossaries, etc. which help with reading primary texts by yourself.
>what should I do beyond reading and meditation?
Whatever you want. You are a layman.
>do I need to join a monastery to achieve any progress towards enlightenment?
Opinions vary based on the reading of the materials by different sects. Certainly, becoming a monk would not be against the spirit of Buddhism. It's also not always a permanent thing; in Asian countries some people adopt monastic life for a period or as a kind of retirement, while others do so their whole lives.
>I have personally killed an animal in my life, will this bad karma prevent me from achieving sotapanna in this life?
You've killed animals before and been yourself killed before in a cosmological sense, otherwise you wouldn't still be going through death and rebirth, so on the one hand not too big a deal to have done so again. On the other hand the maturation of deeds is certain if a bit open-ended and opinion varies when that is exactly and what form it takes
>is there anything I can do to redeem myself?
In some traditions you'd want to do some meritous actions as an offset
>also can someone explain theravada vs Mahayana Buddhism to me?
South vs North is really the quickest way to explain it.
>is theravada really considered a "lesser" practice?
Theravada is a Hinayana school from the Mahayana perspective because Mahayana views itself as completionist towards the older schools insofar as it teaches a doctrine of universal salvation in contrast to what it sees as a too personal or individual view in older schools, of which Theravada is basically the last extant representative
>which is closer to what buddha himself taught?
That's up to you. But they do share many similarities despite the different expressions.

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>>19631041
>energy and matter last forever, checkmate buddhists
And those are both primordially "empty" of any formal specificity yes? Otherwise we wouldn't have gone from suns to supernovas or dinosaurs to pigeons, we'd have the same expressions of matter or energy forever. It sounds like you ought to read more about what you're arguing against. Try the Heart Sutra

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Start with the jeets

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>>19620914
Here you go

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>>19569796
That or the Heart Sutra. Or the Lankavatara. All good starting points. But I would recommend also reading some of the nikayas first because Mahayana assumes you are familiar with many of the same concepts introduced there, e.g. anatman, skandhas, pratitya samutpada etc

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>>19550836
>'I am, therefore I think'.
I don't see how this is representative of Buddhism, which usually presents a theory of momentariness. You almost certainly have not started with the jeets.

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>>19522204
He didn't really understand Buddhism and was using it as a metaphor of sorts for his idea of nihilism without ressentiment (contrary to Christianity). I recommend starting with the jeets, as the mahayana buddhist formulation of samsara being equivalent to nirvana is far from the life- and world-denying Nietzschean reading of whatever Buddhist literature was available to him at the time

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>>19510452
Need to start with the jeets, Nagarjuna assumes you've read them. Heart or Prajñaparamita Sutra especially

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>>19495264
>palifags don't even remove the plastic wrap from the nikayas
What's the matter, afraid the book's cessation will begin once you unwrap?

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Start with the 'Jeets. The Tibetans do.

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You'd seethe less if you started with the jeets. The fact that your alternative is to follow the orders of a volcano demon promising you immortality speaks volumes about how little you understand what a "form of control" is

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>>19447522
>i want to refute phenomena
Might as well start with the jeets.

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>>19442575
start with the jeets



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