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  1. It helped. It's not that I started walking around forever smiling in the 7th heaven out of happiness, but I just started looking at many things that used to put me in a stressful state differently or not paying attention at all. This is a slightly different state of happiness. Became more calm. It was required… 3 years of continuous practice. And not only by reading books, but also by working with a teacher-mentor who led and pointed out the pitfalls that you will definitely meet if you just read yourself, and daily practice outside the classroom. There is a sutra called “The Best Way to Catch a Snake”, in which the Buddha compares his teaching to catching a snake: if you catch it incorrectly, you will die, but if you approach it correctly , you will receive a healing poison that will heal. And then there is the sutra “How best to live alone”, which describes a disciple of the Buddha who misunderstood his teachings and began to lead a wrong practice. That is why the Buddha said that it is very important to find the right teacher and community that will support and, if necessary, correct.

  2. Did Buddhism help you


    Become truly happier?

    Buddhism is not about eternal bliss. Buddhism is about ending suffering.
    I don't suffer much. Well, that is, I am not enlightened, and for example, when my father was undergoing surgery, I experienced unpleasant emotions, so I did not achieve perfection.
    But I'm not going to stop there 🙂

    How long did it take?

    About 10 years old,+ -.

    How not to get lost in the sea of sources and literature on this topic?

    No way.

    Any literary source is at best an interesting read.
    It's mostly a way to make a little money. And if you follow the path of “what to read on this topic”, then you are guaranteed to get lost. Even if you read not “the most correct Guru in the world”, but classical texts, well, or some thread of Ole Nydahl. No matter. Books will not help you establish yourself in Buddhism. I guarantee it.
    Just practice, just meditate-meditate-meditate… well, one more thing you will have to practice. If, of course, you need it, then go to the Buddhist center and practice all the way.
    As a former salesman of esoteric literature, I'm telling you this .

  3. Has Buddhism really made you happier? Buddhism helps you realize your true nature, which allows you to be more calm, and therefore happy. In terms of time, everything is individual from 1 / 45000s and beyond))) Specifically, you take practice from me, practice and get the same result as with other practices. (in time from 5-10 minutes) Those who write about 10 years remember one wonderful story: “Baso was a famous Zen teacher, nicknamed 'The Horse Teacher'. He was a disciple of Nangaku, who in turn was one of the Sixth Patriarch's disciples. One day, when Baso was studying under Nangaku, he was sitting down to practice zazen. He was a large-built man; when he spoke, his tongue came up to his nose; his voice was loud; and his zazen must have been very good. Nangaku saw him sitting like a huge mountain – or frog. Nangaku asked: “Practicing Zazen,” Baso replied. “Why do you practice zazen?” “I want to attain enlightenment, I want to become a Buddha,” the disciple replied. Do you know what the teacher did? He picked up a tile from the ground and began polishing it. In Japan, after we take the shingles out of the kiln, we polish them to give them beauty. So Nangaku took the tiles and began polishing them. Baso, his student, asked: “What are you doing?” “I want to turn this tile into a jewel,” Nangaku said. “How can you make a gem out of tiles?” asked Baso. “How can you become a Buddha by practicing Zazen? Nangaku retorted. – Do you want to attain Buddhahood?” Buddhahood is not beyond your ordinary consciousness.

    What is true Zazen? When you become yourself!”

    Zen consciousness, beginner's consciousness. From the IMHO literature” Song of Mahamudra ” by Tilopa. https://abhidharma.ru/A/Tantra/Content/Mahamudra/PMT.htm

  4. Buddhism is a space, but if you approximate it, it is a consequence of science, like many additions, but in what is called the term science in the subtext.
    Buddhism is only the germination of an additional type and topic in the current, and we must start from this.

    • how not to get lost in the springs?- learn to look at what is needed at the moment and then and extract terms, writing them down and preparing to understand them later.
      Also, it is worth saying that there is a “sharp tragus” and a square tragus(Oleg Voevodin, litsechtenie)
  5. I can answer the second part of the question. Start with A. B. Zubov's lectures on Buddhism and Hinduism (and Indian philosophy in general), they are available in vk audio, more than 20 lectures each for more than an hour. He also recommends literature on the topic there. These lectures are the most detailed and accessible material on the subject that I have ever encountered (+ excellent speaker's Russian).

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