Carlos Montero, Part Five
Med: I have really enjoyed this process and learned a great deal from this discussion. I have one last question and that is if you have any meditation advice to share with those who may just be beginning to practice. This, and perhaps you could tell us about the various meditation-related activities there in Florida.
Carlos: In regards to your question about advice to beginners- most important is to make a decision to practice. Many people who are new to Buddhism just become scholars by reading as many books as possible. Buddhism is not an intellectual exercise. The Buddha himself attempted to study all teachings available at the time and realized the futility of it. Buddhism is about waking up to our true nature. This true nature we already possess, we just don't believe it. Only through actual practice can we reconnect with what we already are.
Understanding ourselves is the gate to the cessation of suffering in this world. There are many endeavors in our world, many things we could do; however, some type of introspective practice should be at the top of the list. The Buddha said, a life which is not investigated is not worth living. Soon this body will get old and die, it happens very fast. It is very important to do something about it before it is too late. Zen practice has worked for me but there are other valuable paths, just do it.In Florida there is a great deal of Dharma practice. Our group is in the South Florida area and we serve Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Our website has our information www.southflorida zen.org Groups affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen are also located in Orlando, Gainesville, and Tallahassee. There are other groups in the state and a very comprehensive list can be found on this link: http://www.smiling-buddha.com/fldharma/ I have also enjoyed answering your questions.
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