Buddhist Meditation

By pjain      Published Dec. 14, 2019, 10:15 p.m. in blog Startups   

Buddhist Meditation Classical Theory

Sutras Overview


  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Householder_(Buddhism)#Theravada_practices
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Householder_(Buddhism)#Contemporary_Buddhist_householder_practices
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threefold_Training
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Right_Exertions
  • http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/37.12-Patta-Kamma-S-a4.61-piya.pdf

Mangala Sutra (blessings)

Audience: Laypeople

38 or 32 (grouped into 10 sections by Thich Nhat Hanh in "Old Path, White Clouds") Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangala_Sutta With commentary: http://www.arrowriver.ca/dhamma/bless.html

Five Daily Precepts (+3 extra)

Audience: Laypeople

The five precepts (and maybe 3 or 5 extra precepts/practices) are "for daily practice"

Five Core Precepts

  1. Do not destroy life

  2. Do not take anything wrongfully

  3. Avoid sexual misconduct

  4. Do not speak untruths with wrong intention

  5. Do not allow alcohol to cause physical and mental imbalance

Also for speech there are three additional recommendations for laypeople:

  1. Do not use words to divide people

  2. Refrain from using harsh language

  3. Avoid senseless talk

Dighajanu Sutta

Audience: Laypeople (rich householders)
  • Wikipedia
  • SRC: https://suttacentral.net/en/an8.54

Happiness "in this life":

* Initiative
* Vigilance
* Friends of virtue
* Balanced living

Spiritual growth:

* Faith
* Generosity
* Virtue
* Wisdom

Vaddha Sutta

"Vaddha" means "Growth". Alternative name: Spiritual accomplishments

Context: This Sutra was given to female lay disciples Compare with the Dighajanu Sutta above

  • Wisdom and learning are expanded upon in AN 8.25

Source: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn37/sn37.034.than.html





Discernment (Wisdom)

Sigalovada Sutra

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigalovada_Sutta
  • https://suttacentral.net/en/dn31

Domestic hindrances

A version of the hindrandes for monks and nuns (greed is the only one that is changed) * Greed: Materialism and consumerism * Ill-will * Sloth and torpor * Restlessness and worry * Doubt / Indecision

Seven steps to lasting happiness by Bhikkhu Basnagoda Rahula

(from the book "The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity")

Careful study of the Pali canon reveals these principles


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