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Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:55 am

What are your favourite sutta/s you turn to for guidance in Lay-life?

mine are the Mangala Sutta & The Karaniya Metta Sutta specifically, although there are others for practice in general.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:22 am

Greetings Cittasanto,

Mine is the Maha-Satipatthana Sutta.

:reading: :meditate: :reading:

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby Aloka » Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:47 pm

Hi Cittasano,

Of the suttas I've read so far, I think my favorite is Phena Sutta SN 22.95.

with kind wishes,


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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:47 pm

Hey Cittasano

Definitely these:

Sigalovada Sutta: The Discourse to Sigala
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nara.html

This sutta describes in depth the virtue to be developed by the householder.

Piti Sutta: Rapture
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

In this sutta the Buddha instructs householders to meditate.

Dighajanu (Vyagghapajja) Sutta: Conditions of Welfare
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nara.html

In this sutta the Buddha lays out a gradual path of practice for the householder including developing right livelihood, spending money wisely, faith, generosity, virtue and wisdom that "understands the arising and cessation (of the five aggregates of existence."

Vera Sutta: Animosity
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

In this sutta the Buddha instructs the lay follower Anathapindika to see dependent origination.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:09 pm

Also these:

Mahanama Sutta: To Mahanama (2)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

In this sutta the Buddha instructs his lay followers to develop the six recollections "while you are walking, while you are standing, while you are sitting, while you are lying down, while you are busy at work, while you are resting in your home crowded with children."

Dhammadinna Sutta
No known online translation

In this sutta the Buddha instructs his lay followers:

"Therefore, Dhammadinna, you should train yourselves
thus: 'From time to time we will enter and dwell upon those discourses spoken by the Tathaagata that are deep, deep in meaninng, suparamundane, dealing with emptiness." It is in such a way that that you should train yourselves."

:anjali:

*More to be added when time permits.

Also see this thread:

Suttas for the Householder
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=259

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:43 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:29 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby cooran » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:13 pm

Hello bodom,

A little more from a previous post of yours:

On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling at
Baranasi in the Deer Park at Isipatana. Then the lay follower
Dhammadinna, together with five hundred lay followers,
approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, and sat down
to one side. Sitting to one side, the lay follower Dhammadinna
then said to the Blessed One: “Let the Blessed One, venerable
sir, exhort us and instruct us in a way that may lead to our
welfare and happiness for a long time.”

"Therefore, Dhammadinna, you should train yourselves thus:
‘From time to time we will enter and dwell upon those
discourses spoken by the Tathagata that are deep, deep in
meaning, supramundane, dealing with emptiness.’ It is in such a
way that you should train yourselves.”

“Venerable sir, it is not easy for us – dwelling in a home
crowded with children, enjoying Kasian sandalwood, wearing
garlands, scents, and cosmetics, receiving gold and silver – from
time to time to enter and dwell upon those discourses spoken by
the Tathagata that are deep, deep in meaning, supramundane,
dealing with emptiness. As we are established in the five training
rules, let the Blessed One teach us the Dhamma further.”
“Therefore, Dhammadinna, you should train yourselves thus:
‘We will possess confirmed confidence in the Buddha... in the
Dhamma... in the Sangha.... We will possess the virtues dear to
the noble ones, unbroken... leading to concentration.’ It is in
such a way that you should train yourselves.”

“Venerable sir, as to these four factors of stream-entry taught by
the Blessed One, these things exist in us, and we live in
conformity with those things. For, venerable sir, we possess
confirmed confidence in the Buddha, the the Dhamma, and the
Sangha. We possess the virtues dear to the noble ones,
unbroken... leading to concentration.”

“It is a gain for you, Dhammadinna! It is well gained by you,
Dhammadinna! You have declared the fruit of stream-entry.”
~ S 55.53, (Bhikkhu Bodhi trans.)
viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4510&start=20#p106807

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby bodom » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:27 pm

Thank you Chris! I knew I posted the sutta elsewhere before but couldn't remember where.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Postby Prasadachitta » Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:50 pm

"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby Tyler » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:32 pm

Mahanidana Sutta; The Great Discourse on Origination


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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby Ricardo da Silva » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:22 am

My favorite Suttas for lay practice

Sigalovada Sutta: The Discourse to Sigala
Mingala Sutta
Karaniya Metta Sutta
Maha-Satipatthana Sutta
Dhajjaga Sutta

Kesaputtiya Sutta (Kalama Sutta): The Discourse to the Kalamas
http://www.thisismyanmar.com/nibbana/ti ... saputt.htm

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If a man does evil, he should not do it again and again; he should not take delight in it; the accumulation of evil leads to suffering. (Dhammapada 117)

If a man does what is good, he should do it again and again; he should take delight in it; the accumulation of good leads to happiness. (Dhammapada 118)

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:31 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Your Favourite Sutta for Lay Practice?

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:34 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.


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