Don’t worry! I’m here to answer all questions. I’m glad to try to be of help. Well, the first thing to know is that Buddhism has a lot of different denominations. I would recommend looking into Buddhist temples around you, and ask them questions and perhaps become inolved. In my experience, people at temples and Buddhist communities are more than eager to explain Buddhism.
Although, it is not required per say, going to temples to practice is very useful because you become exposed to ideas that you otherwise wouldn’t get except through a religious community. Having said that, all it takes to convert to Buddhism is to sincerely take refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddhism. You repeat with sincerity in your heart:
I take refuge in the Buddha,
I take refuge in the Dharma,
I take refuge in the Sangha.
And then you follow the basic principles taught in the Four Noble Truths, the Three Marks of Existence, and the Eightfold Path. I can explain all of these in detail. They are also explained in the Buddha Vocab section of this blog.
Of course, there’s much more to it than that, but that’s the bare minimum. So I think that’s a good way to start.
There’s scripture study, meditation, and other things that can help you along the path to Buddhahood. But compassion is something one should always remember to enforce, regardless of religion. I hope this helped. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m happy to answer any of these questions, I don’t care if they’re asked frequently or not!!
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I’m very happy to inform you that I’ve been really busy writing a paper proposal for the upcoming conference of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region. The topic of my paper is on Buddhism and its relationship to ecology. I’m very much excited to see what the findings of my research will be. Hopefully, I can share them with you!
I will find out whether or not my paper proposal made it the first week of November. Stay tuned, and wish me luck!
Many blessings to you all.