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Lay Practice at Home

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dsaly1969
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Lay Practice at Home

Postby dsaly1969 » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:35 am

I first learned about Buddhism through Japanese Mahayana Buddhist lay schools which focus on home-based "liturgical" practice in front of the altar so I am looking for something similar in the Theravada traditions. I would think it would include the recitation of the Three Refuges (with prostrations), the Five Precepts, etc. with the traditional offerings of incense (joss sticks), candles or oil lamps, and flowers before a period of sitting meditation. I have two kids (ages 12 and 14) who also want to participate and practice (yay!). Links to resources or posting of your daily "liturgies" would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Ben
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Re: Lay Practice at Home

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:58 am

Greetings,

Check out this booklet: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el206.html
kind regards,

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Aloka
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Re: Lay Practice at Home

Postby Aloka » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:09 pm

Hi dsaly1969,

You might also enjoy selections from this chanting booklet in Pali and English which was produced by Amaravati Theravada Thai Forest Tradition Monastery in the UK. It contains morning and evening chants and reflections.



There's an audio of some of the chants from it somewhere on the internet - but I don't have a URL link at the moment, sorry.

with kind wishes,

Aloka.
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dsaly1969
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Re: Lay Practice at Home

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LonesomeYogurt
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Re: Lay Practice at Home

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:54 pm

A while back I made a little booklet for chanting that had a preliminary homage and the Discourse on Loving Kindness for the morning and a closing homage and the Five Recollections for the evening, as well as a guide to the Uposatha days, precepts, refuges, etc.

I could upload it for you somewhere if you'd like. I think it's all taken from Thanisarro's link above though, so you could just make your own.

Great to hear your kids are interested!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: Lay Practice at Home

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Re: Lay Practice at Home

Postby Yana » Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:30 pm

Life is preparing for Death

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Maitri
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Re: Lay Practice at Home

Postby Maitri » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:34 pm

"Upon a heap of rubbish in the road-side ditch blooms a lotus, fragrant and pleasing.
Even so, on the rubbish heap of blinded mortals the disciple of the Supremely Enlightened One shines resplendent in wisdom." Dhammapada: Pupphavagga


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Re: Lay Practice at Home

Postby chataranga » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:28 am

Greetings,
I'm very new to the forum(found it a few weeks ago and registered minutes ago). I'm not
buddhist or anything else for that matter, but working on a path of sorts. I practice metta meditation daily and am curious as to why the persons we are sending lovingkindness to have to be of the same gender. I send metta to many folks I know regardless of gender. I also send metta to "all beings everywhere" which would include I believe deceased relatives as well as beings not yet born or reborn as the case may be. Thank you for any help and blessings to all.


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