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What's a good daily practice?

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Digity
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What's a good daily practice?

Postby Digity » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:33 am

What is a good daily practice for a lay person? Can someone outline it? I recently took up the five precepts, because I want to get more serious about my practice. Other than that, I typically meditate in the morning, which I've been sticking to lately and feel more motivated to do. Whenever I have any free time I usually spend it reading up on the teachings either through this forum or from reading articles on sites like accesstoinsight.org.

Should I be doing chanting and prostrations? As someone born in the West, these both seem very foreign to me. I think I would feel silly doing them. Anyway, just curious to see what a good set a practices should look like. Also, do some of you follow the eight precepts? If so, when do you practice them...on the Sunday? My biggest concern about the eight precepts is not being able to eat after noon. I think by the time I went to sleep I'd be starving if I could only eat from dawn tell noon. Also, if I sleep on a regluar bed does that mean I need to sleep on the floor or something? What sort of bed is acceptable?

Thanks!

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Re: What's a good daily practice?

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Re: What's a good daily practice?

Postby appicchato » Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:16 pm

Cultivating the beneficial, avoiding what isn't, and purifying the mind... :candle:

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Re: What's a good daily practice?

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:36 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 …
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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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