Practising buddhism on a daily basis

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Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by YouthThunder » Thu May 03, 2012 2:02 pm

Basically how do you practise buddhism on a daily basis? (especially for beginners?)

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With metta.

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by Sam Vara » Thu May 03, 2012 2:42 pm

My advice would be to carry on doing exactly what you are doing, but keep the precepts while doing it.

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by Dan74 » Thu May 03, 2012 2:53 pm

One practice I have been doing for many years is to return attention to my breath as often as I can until I can maintain some awareness of it constantly. Really helps develop some equanimity!

I started off my remembering to bring attention to the breath every time I was waiting for something. Then when I was changing from one activity to another. Then try to recall it even briefly every hour. Every half an hour. Etc.
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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by YouthThunder » Thu May 03, 2012 4:02 pm

Dan74 wrote:One practice I have been doing for many years is to return attention to my breath as often as I can until I can maintain some awareness of it constantly. Really helps develop some equanimity!

I started off my remembering to bring attention to the breath every time I was waiting for something. Then when I was changing from one activity to another. Then try to recall it even briefly every hour. Every half an hour. Etc.

But when I try to return attention to my breath as often as I can ,such thoughts appear to me: "I am mindful","I am trying to be mindful by returning my attention to my breath","I am not mindful by thinking of these thoughts".

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by Dan74 » Thu May 03, 2012 4:08 pm

Well, that's what happens in meditation often as well. No biggie! Just note and return to the breath. Eventually the mind will get tired of the same old pattern and will settle on the breath (in meditation). In daily life when it's only for a short time in the midst of other things, it can be very interesting to observe the rhythm and the depth of breathing and note the correspondence to emotional states. Above all, no point worrying or stressing about it.
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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by befriend » Thu May 03, 2012 4:11 pm

look for good deeds to do and rejoice in there wholesomeness. playing with my dog because he is a being that i can make happy.
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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by YouthThunder » Thu May 03, 2012 4:15 pm

Dan74 wrote:Well, that's what happens in meditation often as well. No biggie! Just note and return to the breath. Eventually the mind will get tired of the same old pattern and will settle on the breath (in meditation). In daily life when it's only for a short time in the midst of other things, it can be very interesting to observe the rhythm and the depth of breathing and note the correspondence to emotional states. Above all, no point worrying or stressing about it.
Ok
So are we are going to get better and better as time goes on until we reach some level of ......something?lol
Sam Vega wrote:My advice would be to carry on doing exactly what you are doing, but keep the precepts while doing it.
At first,I thought this would be easy,but man I <3 music and stuffs like that lol.
befriend wrote:look for good deeds to do and rejoice in there wholesomeness. playing with my dog because he is a being that i can make happy.
Seems quite simple and universal but I get what you mean.

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by Polar Bear » Thu May 03, 2012 7:45 pm

YouthThunder wrote:
Dan74 wrote:Well, that's what happens in meditation often as well. No biggie! Just note and return to the breath. Eventually the mind will get tired of the same old pattern and will settle on the breath (in meditation). In daily life when it's only for a short time in the midst of other things, it can be very interesting to observe the rhythm and the depth of breathing and note the correspondence to emotional states. Above all, no point worrying or stressing about it.
Ok
So are we are going to get better and better as time goes on until we reach some level of ......something?lol
Sam Vega wrote:My advice would be to carry on doing exactly what you are doing, but keep the precepts while doing it.
At first,I thought this would be easy,but man I <3 music and stuffs like that lol.
befriend wrote:look for good deeds to do and rejoice in there wholesomeness. playing with my dog because he is a being that i can make happy.
Seems quite simple and universal but I get what you mean.
I think he meant the 5 precepts youth thunder, you can still enjoy music and other stuff
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."

"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by YouthThunder » Thu May 03, 2012 8:13 pm

polarbuddha101 wrote:
YouthThunder wrote:
Dan74 wrote:Well, that's what happens in meditation often as well. No biggie! Just note and return to the breath. Eventually the mind will get tired of the same old pattern and will settle on the breath (in meditation). In daily life when it's only for a short time in the midst of other things, it can be very interesting to observe the rhythm and the depth of breathing and note the correspondence to emotional states. Above all, no point worrying or stressing about it.
Ok
So are we are going to get better and better as time goes on until we reach some level of ......something?lol
Sam Vega wrote:My advice would be to carry on doing exactly what you are doing, but keep the precepts while doing it.
At first,I thought this would be easy,but man I <3 music and stuffs like that lol.
befriend wrote:look for good deeds to do and rejoice in there wholesomeness. playing with my dog because he is a being that i can make happy.
Seems quite simple and universal but I get what you mean.
I think he meant the 5 precepts youth thunder, you can still enjoy music and other stuff
Yeah,maybe he meant that lol
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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by danieLion » Fri May 04, 2012 5:11 am

depends on what you mean by "buddhism"

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by YouthThunder » Fri May 04, 2012 2:50 pm

danieLion wrote:depends on what you mean by "buddhism"
The part of things Buddha taught that is useful and wholesome to us while we can attest to it being right after sufficient practise.

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by alan » Fri May 04, 2012 5:48 pm

You do it because it is necessary. You don't wake up and wander around without putting on clothes; you don't forget to eat. Consider practice in this way.

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by BKh » Fri May 04, 2012 6:56 pm

Reading day by day through a collection of suttas can give some structure to your wholesome intentions. It will also broaden and deepen your understanding of what practice is.
ReadingFaithfully.org Daily Practice with the Suttas | becomeabuddhist.org
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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by bodom » Fri May 04, 2012 8:40 pm

YouthThunder wrote:Basically how do you practise buddhism on a daily basis? (especially for beginners?)

:alien:

With metta.
There is nothing mysterious or complicated about practicing the Buddha's teachings. In fact the whole path of practice can be summarized in one sentence:
"Do good, refrain from doing evil, and purify the mind - this is the teaching of all the Buddhas." - Dhp 183


:smile:

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

Post by Kim OHara » Sat May 05, 2012 4:06 am

bodom wrote:
"Do good, refrain from doing evil, and purify the mind - this is the teaching of all the Buddhas." - Dhp 183


:smile:

:anjali:
I like that one, too. :smile:
Expanding on it just a little bit:
Do good - treating other people as you would wish them to treat you is a good start.
Refrain from doing evil - the five precepts are a good start.
Purify the mind - first observe the mind to see what's going on in there, and then start throwing out the rubbish :tongue:

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