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your daily practice

Post by jcsuperstar » Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:49 am

what does it consist of?
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Re: your daily practice

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:10 am


The Noble Eightfold Path. :D

That might seem like a smart-ass answer, but I promise you it's not.

Most weekdays where I work, I study on the train to and from work, and squeeze in 30-60 mins meditation at the nearby Mahayana temple. I'd love to go on another retreat but it's difficult to arrange with family commitments and such, though I do have licence to do a 3-day one soon. I might do a solo sit at a nearby Sri Lankan Theravada centre... see if they'll put up with me for a few days.

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Re: your daily practice

Post by Fede » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:55 am

Woeful inadequacy, with regard to conventional practice.

But I recite the Refuge every morning and evening, together with the Five Precepts.
My work schedule and home commitments mean I have very little time to myself to dedicate to my practice, and I have neglected it in the sense that going to my local temple, or considering a retreat are both sadly currently out of the question.
But I work and strive to remain Mindful, and try to live my life in practice all the time.
Which sounds pious and sanctimonious, but I don't mean to come across that way.

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Re: your daily practice

Post by Cittasanto » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:14 am

Well I just try to live by the 5 precepts but when I can the 8 Precepts, it can be dificult due to my job and shifts to live by them fully 100% of the time, but I try to at least live in wisdom, if I find the precepts abit too dificult to follow, and the meditative practice difficult to fit in any day!
I'm a Chef by the way and go each week to a FWBO meeting to get at least some practice guaranteed into the week, justy wish there was a theravadan group up here!
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Re: your daily practice

Post by Dhammakid » Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:31 am

Hello All,
Since I'm taking a break from classes for a year, I have a lot more free time. I only work 5 hours per day and I have Sundays off, so I find lots of time to practice formally, besides just being mindful throughout the day, practicing generosity, virtue and renunciation. It's hard for sure, and I fail a lot. But it makes my successes that much sweeter.

Every morning I chant homage to the Buddha, the refuges, five precepts, meditate for 15 mins and say a quick metta prayer. In the evening, I chant homage again, recollection of the three treasures, affirmation of refuge in three treasures, five subjects for daily recollection, 30 mins meditating, and finally the anumodana chant. After that I listen to a dhamma talk online, read suttas or texts provided by various scholars.

All this is according to Access to Insight's "Lay Buddhist Practice" guidelines, found here: ... el206.html. I find it to be quite effective in fostering the kind of faith and discipline I need in my life.


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