A seeker friend has shown interest in Buddhism, and asked for a brief outline of the core teachings and practices for lay Buddhist practice so that he can research them. This is the list I'd like to pass on to him. Is there anything I should add?
- Take Threefold Refuge
- Understand Four Noble Truths
- Follow Eightfold Path
- Follow 5 Precepts
- Eliminate first 3 fetters
- Observe Uposatha Days / 5 Recollections
Try the gradual instructionhttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/index-su ... ml#gradual
and the gradual training right below.
personally I would omit fetters because these can come at a latter point when the fruits of the path is discussed.
I would also clump the precepts and observance days together as they are connected. although the five recollections are more of a practical issue you may wish to find the relecant section within the subjects in the above link to fill that out as a means of looking at it.
but there is a wonderful document on the site linked above for a initial instruction. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/index.html
but there are some really good links at the bottom of that page.
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
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.John Stuart Mill