Would it be fair to say that stream-entry is the minimum goal for a practicing Buddhist?
To attain stream-entry, 3 fetters must be eliminated:
1) Identity view
2) Uncertainty regarding practice
3) Attachment to external rituals
From what I've read and learned from my own practice, contemplating the elements raises awareness of the 5 aggregates and how they interconnect with the surrounding world, which in turn counters identity view.
Investigating and practicing the Buddha's teachings, and/or recollecting the qualities of the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha (anussati), counters uncertainty.
And maintaining focus on Buddha-dhamma by way of the Five Precepts, and not letting outside philosophies muddle your practice, eliminates the 3rd fetter.
Is this, essentially, the essence of "bare minimum" lay Buddhist practice?
Edit: Removed " and monastic community" from third to last sentence to fix bad grammar.
Last edited by mettafuture
on Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.