A seeker friend has shown interest in Buddhism, and asked for a brief outline of the core teachings and practices for lay Buddhist practice so that he can research them. This is the list I'd like to pass on to him. Is there anything I should add?
- Take Threefold Refuge
- Understand Four Noble Truths
- Follow Eightfold Path
- Follow 5 Precepts
- Eliminate first 3 fetters
- Observe Uposatha Days / 5 Recollections
Try the gradual instructionhttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/index-su ... ml#gradual
and the gradual training right below.
personally I would omit fetters because these can come at a latter point when the fruits of the path is discussed.
I would also clump the precepts and observance days together as they are connected. although the five recollections are more of a practical issue you may wish to find the relecant section within the subjects in the above link to fill that out as a means of looking at it.
but there is a wonderful document on the site linked above for a initial instruction. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/index.html
but there are some really good links at the bottom of that page.