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Practising buddhism on a daily basis

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YouthThunder
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Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby YouthThunder » Thu May 03, 2012 2:02 pm

Basically how do you practise buddhism on a daily basis? (especially for beginners?)

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby Sam Vara » Thu May 03, 2012 2:42 pm

My advice would be to carry on doing exactly what you are doing, but keep the precepts while doing it.

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby Dan74 » Thu May 03, 2012 2:53 pm

One practice I have been doing for many years is to return attention to my breath as often as I can until I can maintain some awareness of it constantly. Really helps develop some equanimity!

I started off my remembering to bring attention to the breath every time I was waiting for something. Then when I was changing from one activity to another. Then try to recall it even briefly every hour. Every half an hour. Etc.
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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby Dan74 » Thu May 03, 2012 4:08 pm

Well, that's what happens in meditation often as well. No biggie! Just note and return to the breath. Eventually the mind will get tired of the same old pattern and will settle on the breath (in meditation). In daily life when it's only for a short time in the midst of other things, it can be very interesting to observe the rhythm and the depth of breathing and note the correspondence to emotional states. Above all, no point worrying or stressing about it.
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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby befriend » Thu May 03, 2012 4:11 pm

look for good deeds to do and rejoice in there wholesomeness. playing with my dog because he is a being that i can make happy.
nothing can destroy a man who has lived a pure life

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby polarbear101 » Thu May 03, 2012 7:45 pm

"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby danieLion » Fri May 04, 2012 5:11 am

depends on what you mean by "buddhism"

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby alan » Fri May 04, 2012 5:48 pm

You do it because it is necessary. You don't wake up and wander around without putting on clothes; you don't forget to eat. Consider practice in this way.

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby BKh » Fri May 04, 2012 6:56 pm

Reading day by day through a collection of suttas can give some structure to your wholesome intentions. It will also broaden and deepen your understanding of what practice is.
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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby bodom » Fri May 04, 2012 8:40 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


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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby Yana » Wed May 09, 2012 2:33 am

Life is preparing for Death

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby retrofuturist » Wed May 09, 2012 5:36 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby befriend » Wed May 09, 2012 12:03 pm

discover your flaws, and focus on improving them with recollections
develop a philosophy that is in tune with reality but make sure you feel it in your heart for example, understand all beings are deluded why would them acting deluded make you angry and hateful
dont be lazy laziness is easy but leads to suffering
like ajahn chah says whatever your ego mind wants to do, do the opposite
make a schedule this will discipline the mind and surprisingly make it more free
nothing can destroy a man who has lived a pure life

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Postby karunametta » Wed May 09, 2012 5:21 pm

Follow the 5 precepts to your best ability (right speech is taking me longest to develop, sometimes i'll slip and say a harsh word or gossip)
Try to maintain a consistent meditation practice (once or twice a day)
Try to be as mindful as possible throughout the day (in all postures)
Give best attempt to develop wholesome things
Give best attempt to refrain from unwholesome things
Try to be as compassionate as possible to all beings
Try to use all situations to practice equanimity.
Try to be a positive force in the lives of those around you. (try to be as altruistic as possible: hold doors, make time to help others, let people borrow my stuff, etc...)

This is essentially my "daily practice". Although I've only been practicing since November of last year, these things are finally starting to feel "natural", which is a great feeling :)


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