Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

A discussion on all aspects of Theravāda Buddhism
Post Reply
User avatar
Wizard in the Forest
Posts: 691
Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:16 am
Location: House in Forest of Illusions

Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by Wizard in the Forest »

I once remembered there was a book that detailed a lot of the Buddha's teachings for a layman which was not like the Patimokkha but it was also very instructive about the Buddha's positions on the morals and good character required of people in lay life. I know of the Sigalovada sutta but that is only one reference to the Buddha's positions on lay life, and I remember the book including the Buddha's ideals on parenting, leadership, what makes a good teacher, what makes one good with finances etc.

Failing that I could use as many suttas that refer to good lay practice, and Pali that reflect the ideals of a good layman.
"One is not born a woman, but becomes one."- Simone de Beauvoir

SarathW
Posts: 13912
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:49 am

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by SarathW »

“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

User avatar
retrofuturist
Site Admin
Posts: 22504
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Contact:

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by retrofuturist »

Greetings,

Are you thinking of...

A Constitution For Living (PDF) - Ven P.A.Payutto

:?:

Metta,
Paul. :)
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

binocular
Posts: 7591
Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:13 pm

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by binocular »

Please see the thread specifically for this purpose:

Suttas for the Householder

viewtopic.php?f=56&t=259

User avatar
DooDoot
Posts: 7854
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:06 pm

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by DooDoot »

There is always an official executioner. If you try to take his place, It is like trying to be a master carpenter and cutting wood. If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter, you will only hurt your hand.

https://soundcloud.com/doodoot/paticcasamuppada
https://soundcloud.com/doodoot/anapanasati

User avatar
Dhammanando
Posts: 5417
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:44 pm
Location: Mae Wang Huai Rin, Li District, Lamphun

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by Dhammanando »

Wizard in the Forest wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:09 pm
I once remembered there was a book that detailed a lot of the Buddha's teachings for a layman which was not like the Patimokkha but it was also very instructive about the Buddha's positions on the morals and good character required of people in lay life.
Perhaps the Upasakajanalankara. Or Ven. Dr. Saddhatissa's Buddhist Ethics, which is much informed by this text.

viewtopic.php?t=3176#p327202
“Keep to your own pastures, bhikkhus, walk in the haunts where your fathers roamed.
If ye thus walk in them, Māra will find no lodgement, Māra will find no foothold.”
— Cakkavattisīhanāda Sutta

User avatar
Alīno
Posts: 701
Joined: Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:24 pm

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by Alīno »

Navakovada ?
Ajahn Nanadassano (before ordaining) : Venerable Ajahn, what is the bigest error that buddhist do in their practice?
Ajahn Jayasaro : They stop practicing ...

dharmacorps
Posts: 1158
Joined: Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:33 pm

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by dharmacorps »

retrofuturist wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:20 am
Greetings,

Are you thinking of...

A Constitution For Living (PDF) - Ven P.A.Payutto

:?:

Metta,
Paul. :)
This is what I thought too. Great book and great concept.

User avatar
Wizard in the Forest
Posts: 691
Joined: Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:16 am
Location: House in Forest of Illusions

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

Post by Wizard in the Forest »

This is exactly what I was looking for, thanks everyone!
"One is not born a woman, but becomes one."- Simone de Beauvoir

Post Reply