jcsuperstar wrote:from my experience lay people (except for a very small minority) dont study suttas and do no meditate either. if one wanted to spend their time doing such things they would become a monk, or mae chee.
making merit and knowing a jataka tale or famous monks stories make up the bulk of lay practice in thailand.
Praise for the Sangha
Handa mayaṃ saṅghābhithutiṃ karoma se:
Now let us give high praise to the Sangha:
[Yo so supaṭipanno] bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho,
The Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples who have practiced well,
Uju-paṭipanno bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho,
the Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples who have practiced straightforwardly,
Ñāya-paṭipanno bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho,
the Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples who have practiced methodically,
Sāmīci-paṭipanno bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho,
the Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples who have practiced masterfully,
Yadidaṃ cattāri purisa-yugāni aṭṭha purisa-puggalā:
i.e., the four pairs — the eight types — of Noble Ones:
Esa bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho —
That is the Sangha of the Blessed One's disciples —
Āhuneyyo pāhuneyyo dakkhiṇeyyo añjali-karaṇīyo,
worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of respect,
Anuttaraṃ puññakkhettaṃ lokassa:
the incomparable field of merit for the world:
Tam-ahaṃ saṅghaṃ abhipūjayāmi,
Tam-ahaṃ saṅghaṃ sirasā namāmi.
I worship most highly that Sangha,
To that Sangha I bow my head down.
jcsuperstar wrote:maybe i'm wrong, but i think the sangha we take refuge in is the ariya sangha, so that would mean arahants only it's in mahayana or modern buddhism where the sangha is expanded to mean all buddhists
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