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Daily Practice

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Daily Practice

Postby Beautiful Breath » Fri May 08, 2009 10:40 am

Hi all,

At the moment I tend to just sit, recite the refuge Prayers (in English) and then begin to meditate. Is there a general practice that I can do or a sutra to recite? What do other do as a practice?
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Re: Daily Practice

Postby appicchato » Fri May 08, 2009 12:41 pm

Beautiful Breath wrote:What do other do as a practice?


Cultivate the skillful, avoid the unskillful, and purify the mind...
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Re: Daily Practice

Postby Cittasanto » Fri May 08, 2009 1:12 pm

Beautiful Breath wrote: What do other do as a practice?


Practice practice practice

if you wanted to recite a sutta why not chose one which is relevant to the practice you are doing at the time, ie metta sutta when practising metta etc
I listen to a sutta reading or a talk sometimes during my sits, I tend to chose one which will be about 20 mins or less to cover half the sit
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Re: Daily Practice

Postby pink_trike » Fri May 08, 2009 5:19 pm

Reflecting on the 4 Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path may be useful.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: Daily Practice

Postby Beautiful Breath » Fri May 08, 2009 7:53 pm

if you wanted to recite a sutta why not chose one which is relevant to the practice you are doing at the time,


I love the Heart Sutra... I'm new to Theravada, would this be a problem?

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Re: Daily Practice

Postby Cittasanto » Fri May 08, 2009 8:47 pm

Beautiful Breath wrote:
if you wanted to recite a sutta why not chose one which is relevant to the practice you are doing at the time,


I love the Heart Sutra... I'm new to Theravada, would this be a problem?

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well it is up to you!
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Daily Practice

Postby Beautiful Breath » Sat May 09, 2009 9:14 am

well it is up to you!


I meant is there any reason why I couldn't?

Not Theravadin?

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Re: Daily Practice

Postby Cittasanto » Sat May 09, 2009 9:42 am

Beautiful Breath wrote:
well it is up to you!


I meant is there any reason why I couldn't?

Not Theravadin?

:namaste:


not that I can think of, if you find the sutra useful to reflect on, why not? would be a better question!

I find the song Affirmation useful for several reasons it couldn't really be called buddhist at all, I also used the 8 verses for training the mind as a reflection tool.
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Re: Daily Practice

Postby Beautiful Breath » Sat May 09, 2009 10:30 am

song Affirmation


Whas Da? :thinking:
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Re: Daily Practice

Postby genkaku » Sat May 09, 2009 11:30 am

Beautiful Breath wrote:
well it is up to you!


I meant is there any reason why I couldn't?

Not Theravadin?

:namaste:


For my money, the Heart Sutra addresses suffering. Since Theravadins suffer and Mahayanists suffer and even people who aren't Buddhists suffer, the Heart Sutra, if it's to your taste, is a useful tool.
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Re: Daily Practice

Postby Cittasanto » Sat May 09, 2009 1:53 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpvwxK7F2BI

Beautiful Breath wrote:
song Affirmation


Whas Da? :thinking:
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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