A Theravadin Book of Hours

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A Theravadin Book of Hours

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:00 am

Ok in lite of the many christian related posts and due to my interest in caligraphy/chanting... I had been wondering but reluctant to post something what texts would you want to see in a tharavadin version of the Book of Hours

a standard arrangement goes something like this from wiki
A Calendar of Church feasts
An excerpt from each of the four gospels
The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The fifteen Psalms of Degrees
The seven Penitential Psalms
A Litany of Saints
An Office for the Dead
The Hours of the Cross
Various other prayers

but what would you put in?
Personally I would put in place of the ones of the list above
A Calendar of Uposatha days general not dated as that would need changed yearly
An excerpt from 4 suttas maybe Dhammacakkha, Anatalakkhana, Adittapariyaya, & a matika of the satipatthana sutta
A discourse to Gotami
Dhammapada
DN 31
Funeral chanting
Mangala sutta
Karaniya Metta sutta
useful quotes
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Re: A Theravadin Book of Hours

Postby Goofaholix » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:03 am

...and a partridge in a pear tree.
"Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering." - Ajahn Chah
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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Re: A Theravadin Book of Hours

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:18 am

Goofaholix wrote:...and a partridge in a pear tree.


:)
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Re: A Theravadin Book of Hours

Postby bodom » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:20 am

How about this:

The Book of Protection
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ction.html

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: A Theravadin Book of Hours

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:08 am

bodom wrote:How about this:

The Book of Protection
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ction.html

:anjali:


That would be a more of a Hymnal than a Book of hours.
I did think of that and certainly the Paritta should have a place.
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