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by mettafuture
Mon May 14, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 32
Views: 3219

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

What are your thoughts? Here: A Constitution for Living: Buddhist Principles for a Fruitful and Harmonious Life It's nice how each section clearly states which sutta is being reference. The structure reminds me of The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony . Perhaps Bhikkhu Bodhi was ins...
by mettafuture
Mon May 14, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 32
Views: 3219

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Taking this into consideration, when teaching the laity today, perhaps it would be more appropriate to focus more on the teachings directed to them, and less on the teachings directed to monastics. Personally, as a lay follower, I've found the teachings to lay people to be far more pertinent. What ...
by mettafuture
Sun May 13, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 32
Views: 3219

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Could it be that on places like Youtube and written teachings, the laypeople are just picking up the wrong books, which aren't geared to their needs? In the West, resources on the devotional and protective practices simply aren't as readily available as resources on Satipatthana. Aside from a few Y...
by mettafuture
Sun May 13, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 32
Views: 3219

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.107.horn.html Great sutta. :namaste: I'm interested to know Mettafuture, who is doing the teaching to laypeople as if they were monastics? Hi. I'd rather not call out any specific teachers by name, so I'll give a general example: There are countless bo...
by mettafuture
Sun May 13, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 32
Views: 3219

Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

In a paper by John L. Kelly, The Buddha’s Teachings to Lay People , which I’ve found incredibly helpful, it's shown that the Buddha’s teachings varied according to the background of the listener(s). He didn’t give the exact same instructions to everyone. Taking this into consideration, when teaching...
by mettafuture
Tue May 01, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination in practice for householders
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: Dependent origination in practice for householders

Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. :namaste: I like your systematic approach. Thanks. For practice, I try to stay as close to the suttas as possible. throwing this in real quick http://seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/The-Law-of-Dependent-Arising_LE_Rev_1.0.pdf It neve...
by mettafuture
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination in practice for householders
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Dependent origination in practice for householders

In SN 12.41 , the Buddha outlines the prerequisites to stream-entry for the laity via five precepts, faith, virtue, and dependent origination. In similar suttas (e.g., AN 10.92 , SN 55.28), ethics, faith, and dependent origination are again expounded to the laity for practice. Taking these suttas an...
by mettafuture
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Re: Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati

Very helpful information.

Thank you, bhante.
by mettafuture
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati

I'm trying to understand each of the Pali words in the Buddhānussati. Here's what I have so far. iti-pi so (thus-indeed he) bhagavā (blessed one) arahaṃ (arahant, perfected person, worthy one) sammā (perfectly, rightly); sambuddho (enlightened) vijjā caraṇa sampanno (knowledge good-conduct accomplis...
by mettafuture
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

Re: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices

Hi Nava Guṇa Gāthā (Nine Virtues of the Buddha) : https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=914#p11232 ... :anjali: Thank you. :anjali: Here's a clip (from 12:45 to 13:17) of Ven. Bodhi giving a step-by-step read-through of the nine qualities of the Buddha in Pali. This is the only video of its kind ...
by mettafuture
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

Re: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices

I'm referring to the complete Buddhist path, not the adaptation for householders ... As a householder with no interest in becoming a monk, I needn't worry about the complete path, and every detail therein. I'm aware of it, but it's not part of my practice. According to the texts, you have to abando...
by mettafuture
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

Re:

:anjali: :namaste: Ven Anandajoti's "Chanting book for Meditators" http://dharma-records.buddhasasana.net/texts/new-chanting-book-for-meditators-published Excellent. Thank you. Theravada is not essentially a devotional path, but one of insight. That's what I thought too until I took a closer look a...
by mettafuture
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

Seeking Books on Devotional Practices

I only know of the Visuddhimagga, and Bhavana Vanda (Book of Devotion), which are both superb. For practice, I've been relying mainly on Bhikkhu Bodhi's series on the Four Protective Meditations . I'd like to supplement these teachings with more text and commentary. I'd appreciate your recommendatio...
by mettafuture
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Any suttas or resources on developing humility?
Replies: 13
Views: 2838

Re: Any suttas or resources on developing humility?

The Buddha addresses humility as conceit (mana). Personally, I find few things more humbling than contemplating my own mortality. It's a little depressing, but it helps you prioritize the important, and not dwell so much on the unimportant. Here's an excerpt from the Upajjhatthana Sutta ( AN 5.57 )....