Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

Postby Mexicali » Thu May 07, 2009 1:31 am

I would think that there have always been more lay Buddhists than monks.
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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 07, 2009 1:47 am

Greetings,

Actually, I think it would be easier to be a lay Theravada Buddhist than a lay Mahayana Buddhist.

Why?

In the Pali Canon there are many suttas aimed at householders... but how many Mahayana Suttas will you find sutras aimed at householders?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

Postby seanandrews » Thu May 07, 2009 11:59 am

My local library system does not carry Bhikkhu Bodhi's IN THE BUDDHA'S WORDS, but it does carry THE CONNECTED DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA and THE MIDDLE LENGTH DISCOURSES OF THE BUDDHA. Would you recommend either of those, or should I just buy IN THE BUDDHA'S WORDS?

Can anyone recommend a free, downloadable ebook or iPod Touch/iPhone Application that would be a good place to start? Or Podcast?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

Postby seanandrews » Thu May 07, 2009 7:20 pm

Thanks. I have the Dhammapada. The Pali Canon -- that would be pretty expensive, wouldn't it?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

Postby clw_uk » Thu May 07, 2009 7:30 pm

hi sean, to own the whole canon would be expensive yes


i would strongly advise you however to get as much of the sutta nikaya as you can, these will greatly help your study

the translations available

Majjhima Nikaya
Samyutta Nikaya
Digha Nikaya

http://www.amazon.com/Middle-Length-Dis ... 086171072X

The Anguttara Nikaya is in the process of being translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi and should be out sometime in the near future

for all the rest that isnt available to buy you can use www.accesstoinsight.org (these have the Nikayas i just mentioned but they dont have all of the suttas and the translations in the print books are better IMO)

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Thu May 07, 2009 7:39 pm

Craig, what's your opinion on ? I've never heard of the author. The price is good and I could use something concise.

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

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Thanks! :anjali:


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