Fede wrote:To my mind the Dhamma encapsulates every aspect of everyday life.
We walk the Eightfold path and adhere to the 5 precepts.
Whatever we choose to do in ignorance is not part and parcel of the Dhamma.
Whatever we choose to do Mindfully is part and parcel of the Dhamma and legitimate practice.
Whether it be sitting in meditation, or constructing a Zen rock garden.
Seek the Right View, Intention and employ Right Effort.
The Dhamma underpins whatever we do.
Whether it is original or an add-on.
Then the Blessed One gave the householder Upali the gradual Teaching starting with giving gifts, becoming virtuous, about the heavenly states, the dangers of sensuality, the vileness of defiling things and the benefits of giving up. Then the Blessed One knew that the mind of the householder Upali was ready, malleable, free of hindrances, lofty and pleased and the Blessed One gave the special message of the Enlightened Ones: suffering, its arising, its cessation and the path to the cessation of suffering. Like a pure, clean cloth would take a dye evenly. In that same manner, the dustless, stainless eye of the Teaching arose to the householder Upali, seated there itself. Whatever arises has the nature of ceasing.
"Thus you should train yourselves: 'We will listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in their meaning, transcendent, connected with emptiness— are being recited. We will lend ear, will set our hearts on knowing them, will regard these teachings as worth grasping & mastering.' That's how you should train yourselves."
christopher::: wrote:What of Buddhism in our world today (rituals, beliefs, clothing, social norms, etc) is a cultural add-on and what aspects are essentials of the dhamma?
And are there any things which exist in a gray area, where the cultural add-on (such as constructing a Zen rock garden or shaving one's head for example) supports something essential for dhamma practitioners, or where we just can't say for sure?
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