Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

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Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Postby mettafuture » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:24 pm

A seeker friend has shown interest in Buddhism, and asked for a brief outline of the bare essentials of lay Buddhist practice so that he can research them. This is the list I'd like to pass on. 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 / 6 Recollections
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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:37 pm

mettafuture wrote: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 instruction
http://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.
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
Blog, - Some Suttas Translated, Ajahn Chah.
"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:22 am

I think it would be:

1. Meditate
2. Follow the five precepts
3. Meditate
4. Don't be a jerk
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

Stuff I write about things.

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Postby mettafuture » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:26 am

Thank you very much for your replies.

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:31 pm

See my thread Suttas for the Householder in the Theravada for the modern world sub forum. Apologies for not being able to post a link I'm on my phone.

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Postby mettafuture » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:52 pm

Here it is :)
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=259

Thanks.

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:12 pm

mettafuture wrote:Here it is :)
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=259

Thanks.


Thank you!

:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Postby mettafuture » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:40 pm

As usual, my little projects explode into something bigger than I originally planned.

Here's the latest update of the blog I decided to make for the benefit of my friend and others.
http://tonysharp.tumblr.com/post/40578107435

bodom wrote:
mettafuture wrote:Here it is :)
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=259

Thanks.


Thank you!

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You're welcome.


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