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Posted by kasandra ( on September 01, 2000 at 17:10:05:

I have been reading numerous books on Buddhism in particular the Sakya tradition. I feel like I am getting a tiny grasp on some of the main ideas, but the daily practices, does and donts elude me. The 5th precept when taking your refuge vows says no intoxicants, does this include caffiene, and alcohol, what about perscription medications? Do not kill is obvious but what about when your life or families is threatened? What chants should you say everyday? How long should you meditate and how many prostrations should you do? I know that the buddha is inside of all of us, and we should focus on compassion for all sentient beings, and life with righ effort; but---I know there must be certain everyday rules or protocols-please help- also when your geshe offers teachingsdo you bring him an offering? sorry for rattling on and on but I have a thousand questions and am having a hard time finding answers to these less in depth questions.thankyou so much kasandra

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