Suttas for the Householder

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Suttas for the Householder

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:58 pm

In my personal opinion the Buddhas teachings to the laity are indespensible for any serious householders practice in daily life.

DN 31: Sigalovada Sutta — To Sigala/The Layperson's Code of Discipline
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nara.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 14: Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta — The Lesser Mass of Stress
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 41: Saleyyaka Sutta — The Brahmans of Sala
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nymo.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 52: Atthakanagara Sutta — To the Man from Atthakanagara
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 53: Sekha-patipada Sutta — The Practice for One in Training
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 54: Potaliya Sutta — To Potaliya
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 57: Kukkuravatika Sutta — The Dog-duty Ascetic
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nymo.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 58: Abhaya Sutta — To Prince Abhaya (On Right Speech)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 59: Bahuvedaniya Sutta — Many Things to be Experienced/The Many Kinds of Feeling
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nypo.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 60: Apannaka Sutta — A Safe Bet
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 97: Dhanañjani Sutta — To Dhanañjani
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

MN 99: To the Brahmin Subha
http://www.metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pit ... ha-e1.html

MN 143: Anathapindikovada Sutta — Instructions to Anathapindika
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 3.19: Aputtaka Sutta — Heirless (1)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 3.20: Aputtaka Sutta — Heirless (2)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 22.1: Nakulapita Sutta — To Nakulapita
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 22.3: Haliddakani Sutta — To Haliddakani
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 22.80: Pindolya Sutta — Almsgoers
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 41.3: Isidatta Sutta — About Isidatta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 41.4: Mahaka Sutta — About Mahaka
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 41.6: Kamabhu Sutta — With Kamabhu (On the Cessation of Perception & Feeling)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 41.7: Godatta Sutta — To Godatta (On Awareness-release)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 41.10: Gilana Sutta — Sick (Citta the Householder's Last Hours)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

SN 55.30: Licchavi Sutta — To the Licchavi
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 3.65: Kalama Sutta — To the Kalamas/The Buddha's Charter of Free Inquiry
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 3.66: Salha Sutta — To Salha
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 3.70: Muluposatha Sutta — The Roots of the Uposatha
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 4.32: Sangaha Sutta — The Bonds of Fellowship
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 4.55: Samajivina Sutta — Living in Tune
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 4.62: Anana Sutta — Debtless
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 4.255: Kula Sutta — On Families
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 5.38: Saddha Sutta — Conviction
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 5.41: Adiya Sutta — Benefits to be Obtained (from Wealth)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 5.57: Upajjhatthana Sutta — Subjects for Contemplation
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 5.175: Candala Sutta — The Outcaste
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 5.176: Piti Sutta — Rapture
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 5.177: Vanijja Sutta — Business (Wrong Livelihood)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 5.179: Gihi Sutta — The Householder
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 5.180: Gavesin Sutta — About Gavesin
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 6.16: Nakula Sutta — Nakula's Parents
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 8.25: Mahanama Sutta — Being a Lay Buddhist
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .kuma.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 8.26: Jivaka Sutta — To Jivaka (On Being a Lay Follower)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 8.43: Visakhuposatha Sutta — The Discourse to Visakha on the Uposatha with the Eight Practices
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .khan.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 8.54: Vyagghapajja (Dighajanu) Sutta — Conditions of Welfare/ To Dighajanu
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nara.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 10.92: Vera Sutta — Animosity
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 10.93: Ditthi Sutta — Views
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 10.94: Vajjiya Sutta — About Vajjiya
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 11.12: Mahanama Sutta — To Mahanama (1)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

AN 11.13: Mahanama Sutta — To Mahanama (2)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Dhammapada — The Path of Dhamma
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ud 8.8: Visakha Sutta — To Visakha
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ud 2.5: Upasaka Sutta — The Lay Follower
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ud 2.6: Gabbhini Sutta — The Pregnant Woman
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ud 2.7: Ekaputta Sutta — The Only Son
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ud 2.9: Visakha Sutta — To Visakha
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Ud 5.6: Sona Sutta — About Sona
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sn 1.2: Dhaniya Sutta — Dhaniya the Cattleman
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sn 2.1: Ratana Sutta — Treasures
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .piya.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sn 2.4: Maha-mangala Sutta — Protection
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nara.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sn 2.14: Dhammika Sutta — Dhammika
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .irel.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Further Reading:


Anathapindika: The Great Benefactor, by Hellmuth Hecker
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el334.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Refuge: an Introduction to the Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... efuge.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Merit: A Study Guide prepared by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/merit.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Going for Refuge/Taking the Precepts, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el282.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Buddhist Layman - Four essays by R. Bogoda, Susan Elbaum Jootla, and M.O'C. Walshe
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el294.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Dana: The Practice of Giving, edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el367.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Buddhism and Sex, by M. O'C. Walshe
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el225.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Bhikkhus' Rules — A Guide for Laypeople: The Theravadin Buddhist Monk's Rules Compiled and Explained, by Bhikkhu Ariyesako
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... guide.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Nourishing the Roots: Essays on Buddhist Ethics, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el259.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A Simple Guide to Life, by Robert Bogoda
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el397.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Buddhist Culture, The Cultured Buddhist, by Robert Bogoda
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... bl139.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A Happy Married Life: A Buddhist Perspective, by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... riage.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Kee Nanayon, Upasika (Kor Khao-suan-luang) (1901-1979)
Upasika Kee Nanayon, who wrote under the penname, K. Khao-suan-luang, was one of the foremost woman teachers of Dhamma in modern Thailand.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/kee/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Lay Buddhist Practice, by Bhikkhu Khantipalo
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el206.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Dhamma for Everyone, by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... ryone.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Everyman's Ethics, by Narada Thera
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el014.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Practising the Buddha-Dhamma as Laymen by Sayagyi U Chit Tin
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus ... yman2.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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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: Suttas for the Householder

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:09 pm

Hi Bodom,

bodom_bad_boy wrote:In my personal opinion the Buddhas teachings to the laity are indespensible for any householders practice in daily life.


Thanks for posting these. :smile:

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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby Jechbi » Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:54 am

from this one:
To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.

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Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.
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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby Element » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:38 am

For me, these are important sutta. Not only to they help our life but they help us develop knowledge & vision regarding reality. They dispell ignorance.

Many Western Buddhist students naturally tend towards dependence on 'non-duality' for external harmony because both their cultural upbringing & their knowledge & vision regarding mundane or moral reality is not strongly developed.

When we can see the world clearly like the Buddha did, we lose our dependence on 'non-duality', this notion of 'no good, no bad'. Our mind has harmony.

'Good' & 'bad' exist but are empty & suchness. Emptiness is not empty of 'good' & 'bad'.

"This was the second knowledge I attained in the second watch of the night. Ignorance was destroyed; knowledge arose; darkness was destroyed; light arose — as happens in one who is heedful, ardent, & resolute.

"When the mind was thus concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, rid of defilement, pliant, malleable, steady, & attained to imperturbability, I directed it to the knowledge of the passing away & reappearance of beings. I saw — by means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human — beings passing away & re-appearing, and I discerned how they are inferior & superior, beautiful & ugly, fortunate & unfortunate in accordance with their kamma: 'These beings — who were endowed with bad conduct of body, speech & mind, who reviled noble ones, held wrong views and undertook actions under the influence of wrong views — have re-appeared in the plane of deprivation, the bad destination, the lower realms, in hell. But these beings — who were endowed with good conduct of body, speech, & mind, who did not revile noble ones, who held right views and undertook actions under the influence of right views — have re-appeared in the good destinations, in the heavenly world.' Thus — by means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human — I saw beings passing away & re-appearing, and I discerned how they are inferior & superior, beautiful & ugly, fortunate & unfortunate in accordance with their kamma.

MN 4
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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:46 am

I particularly like this advice from
AN 4.55 Samajivina Sutta - Living in Tune.
"If both husband & wife want to see one another not only in the present life but also in the life to come, they should be in tune [with each other] in conviction, in tune in virtue, in tune in generosity, and in tune in discernment. Then they will see one another not only in the present life but also in the life to come."

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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby Element » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:06 am

mikenz66 wrote:I particularly like this advice from AN 4.55 Samajivina Sutta - Living in Tune.


I like it too. This sutta is timeless wisdom. :console:
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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:07 pm

Would it be possible to pin this thread. I would like to continue adding to this list and form a comprehensive whole of all the buddhas teachings to householders. Thank you.

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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: Suttas for the Householder

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:08 pm

bodom_bad_boy wrote:Would it be possible to pin this thread. :namaste:


Pinned.

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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:09 pm

Dhammanando wrote:
bodom_bad_boy wrote:Would it be possible to pin this thread. :namaste:


Pinned.

Best wishes,
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Thank you Bhante.

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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: Suttas for the Householder

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:49 pm

Access to Insight has noticed Bodom's great work here:

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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby Reductor » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:57 pm

That's awesome!

Bodom's hard work really fills a need.
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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby bodom » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:48 am

Thanks David! Thanks thereductor!

I'm glad others have found the list useful.

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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: Suttas for the Householder

Postby bodom » Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:09 pm

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: Suttas for the Householder

Postby bodom » Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:12 pm

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: Suttas for the Householder

Postby Anandavajri » Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:12 pm

Thank you for posting all these links. It certainly helps. :anjali:
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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby manas » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:47 pm

Following the links kindly provided by Bodom above, I found this interesting sutta:

Piti Sutta: Rapture

Then Anathapindika the householder, surrounded by about 500 lay followers, went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there the Blessed One said to him, "Householder, you have provided the community of monks with robes, alms food, lodgings, & medicinal requisites for the sick, but you shouldn't rest content with the thought, 'We have provided the community of monks with robes, alms food, lodgings, & medicinal requisites for the sick.' So you should train yourself, 'Let's periodically enter & remain in seclusion & rapture.' That's how you should train yourself."

When this was said, Ven. Sariputta said to the Blessed One, "It's amazing, lord. It's astounding, how well put that was by the Blessed One: 'Householder, you have provided the community of monks with robes, alms food, lodgings, & medicinal requisites for the sick, but you shouldn't rest content with the thought, "We have provided the community of monks with robes, alms food, lodgings, & medicinal requisites for the sick." So you should train yourself, "Let's periodically enter & remain in seclusion & rapture." That's how you should train yourself.'

"Lord, when a disciple of the noble ones enters & remains in seclusion & rapture, there are five possibilities that do not exist at that time: The pain & distress dependent on sensuality do not exist at that time. The pleasure & joy dependent on sensuality do not exist at that time. The pain & distress dependent on what is unskillful do not exist at that time. The pleasure & joy dependent on what is unskillful do not exist at that time. The pain & distress dependent on what is skillful do not exist at that time. When a disciple of the noble ones enters & remains in seclusion & rapture, these five possibilities do not exist at that time."

[The Blessed One said:] "Excellent, Sariputta. Excellent. When a disciple of the noble ones enters & remains in seclusion & rapture, there are five possibilities that do not exist at that time: The pain & distress dependent on sensuality do not exist at that time. The pleasure & joy dependent on sensuality do not exist at that time. The pain & distress dependent on what is unskillful do not exist at that time. The pleasure & joy dependent on what is unskillful do not exist at that time. The pain & distress dependent on what is skillful do not exist at that time. When a disciple of the noble ones enters & remains in seclusion & rapture, these five possibilities do not exist at that time."

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Here, the Buddha seems to be exhorting the assembled lay practitioners to take their practice further, to not just rest content with the thought, 'We have provided the community of monks with robes, alms food, lodgings, & medicinal requisites for the sick', but to also 'periodically enter & remain in seclusion & rapture.' So even in the Buddha's time, there was more to being a layman than just 'doing lots of good kamma and going to heaven' - we were encouraged to do bhavana, mental development, as well. We are encouraged to train ourselves like this.

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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby Mkoll » Mon Dec 30, 2013 12:35 am

AN 9.20: Velāma Sutta: About Velāma
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

This sutta lists in order of least to greatest fruitfulness:

An unimaginably large alms offering < feeding a stream enterer < feeding a once-returner < feeding a nonreturner < feeding an arahant < feeding a paccekabuddha < feeding a Perfectly Enlightened Buddha < feed the Saṅgha headed by a Buddha < build a monastery for the Saṅgha < undertaking the 5 precepts and go for Refuge in the Triple Gem < develop a mind of loving-kindness even for the time it takes to pull a cow's udder < develop the perception of impermanence just for the time it takes to snap one's fingers

For the last two, loving-kindness and impermanence, developing them is more fruitful than all those preceding it combined. It goes to show how fruitful it is for us householders to develop the perception of impermanence, even if for just the time it takes to snap one's fingers!

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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby mirco » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:57 am

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Dhamma Greetings,


may I add a list of Suttas from the Book "Der Buddha sprach nicht nur für Mönche und Nonnen" (The Buddha did not speak to monks and nuns only) by Fritz Schäfer:

Page 826
Page 827
Page 828

I did not post them as pictures in here, because they are to big and smaller versions would be uneasy to read.


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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby starter » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:35 pm

AN 5.175 Candala sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower. Which five? He/she does not have conviction [faith in the Buddha and his teaching]; is unvirtuous; is eager for protective charms [paritta - chants?] & ceremonies; trusts protective charms & ceremonies, not kamma; and searches for recipients of his/her offerings outside [of the Sangha], and gives offerings there first. Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is an outcaste of a lay follower, a stain of a lay follower, a dregs of a lay follower.

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower. Which five? He/she has conviction; is virtuous; is not eager for protective charms & ceremonies; trusts kamma, not protective charms & ceremonies; does not search for recipients of his/her offerings outside [of the Sangha], and gives offerings here first. Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower."
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Re: Suttas for the Householder

Postby pilgrim » Sat Jun 28, 2014 10:01 am

These two suttas are particularly useful for the householder

Upajjhatthana Sutta: Five Subjects for Contemplation
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

Tamonata Sutta: Darkness ( Four types of people to be found existing in the world )
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