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Hi! This is Jikai. Sorry for sending this email back so late (I haven’t got to it lately). I really needed somebody to answer my questions on Dhamma and everyday practice so I sent you an email the other day. Thank you very much for the reply. I am new to Theravada Buddhism so I am not sure on the practices meditations and the path to Arhatship or even to Stream-entry. I have read many suttas and heard many practices like vipassana meditation samatha meditation cultivation of metta and the four Brahmaviharas etc. There is also the Visuddhimagga the four stages of enlightenment and the Noble Eightfold Path. And I have also heard of the goal for lay followers to be reborn in a blissful realm by contemplating on Kamma and gaining merits rather than the goal of Nibbana. I’m a beginner and I want to know the path to liberation. There are many practices that I have heard of and I’m confused as to how these practices can be arranged into a path; (put in sequence from fundamental practices for beginners all the way to advanced states of meditation and finally to Nibbana). Due to my lack of understanding I’m not sure if there is such a path I described! So my questions are: 1. Is there a path that puts these varied practices in an order? If there is what is this path? 2. Even more what practices and meditations should a beginner like me start with right now? Can you tell me this path to liberation and especially give me an advice on what type of meditations and daily practices I should begin with as a beginner and lay follower? (Should I start meditation right away as beginner? If yes what kinds of meditation? Or should I just start by conceptual studying and gaining merits and good Kamma? Please give me an advice on what practices a beginner like me should start with). Thanks with Metta
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