Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

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Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Post by mettafuture » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:24 pm

A seeker friend has shown interest in Buddhism, and asked for a brief outline of the bare essentials of lay Buddhist practice so that he can research them. This is the list I'd like to pass on. Is there anything I should add?
  • Take Threefold Refuge
  • Understand Four Noble Truths
  • Follow Eightfold Path
  • Follow 5 Precepts
  • Eliminate first 3 fetters
  • Observe Uposatha Days / 6 Recollections
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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Post by Cittasanto » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:37 pm

mettafuture wrote:A seeker friend has shown interest in Buddhism, and asked for a brief outline of the core teachings and practices for lay Buddhist practice so that he can research them. This is the list I'd like to pass on to him. Is there anything I should add?
  • Take Threefold Refuge
  • Understand Four Noble Truths
  • Follow Eightfold Path
  • Follow 5 Precepts
  • Eliminate first 3 fetters
  • Observe Uposatha Days / 5 Recollections
Try the gradual instruction
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index-su ... ml#gradual" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and the gradual training right below.
personally I would omit fetters because these can come at a latter point when the fruits of the path is discussed.
I would also clump the precepts and observance days together as they are connected. although the five recollections are more of a practical issue you may wish to find the relecant section within the subjects in the above link to fill that out as a means of looking at it.

but there is a wonderful document on the site linked above for a initial instruction. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
but there are some really good links at the bottom of that page.
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.

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...
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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Post by LonesomeYogurt » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:22 am

I think it would be:

1. Meditate
2. Follow the five precepts
3. Meditate
4. Don't be a jerk
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Post by mettafuture » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:26 am

Thank you very much for your replies.

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Post by bodom » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:31 pm

See my thread Suttas for the Householder in the Theravada for the modern world sub forum. Apologies for not being able to post a link I'm on my phone.

: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 mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Post by mettafuture » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:52 pm

Here it is :)
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=259" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Thanks.

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Post by bodom » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:12 pm

mettafuture wrote:Here it is :)
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=259" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Thanks.
Thank you!

: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 mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


"Dont send the mind outside. Watch the mind right at the mind."

- Ajahn Dune Atulo

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Re: Core Teachings and Practices for a Lay Follower

Post by mettafuture » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:40 pm

As usual, my little projects explode into something bigger than I originally planned.

Here's the latest update of the blog I decided to make for the benefit of my friend and others.
http://tonysharp.tumblr.com/post/40578107435" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
bodom wrote:
mettafuture wrote:Here it is :)
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=259" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Thanks.
Thank you!

:anjali:
You're welcome.

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