Posted by Michael Pollard (18.104.22.168) on September 17, 2000 at 11:31:25:
In Reply to: Simple Practices posted by Cássio Mazza de Andrade on September 16, 2000 at 03:57:51:
Buddhist practice has no setform, most people here have different practices and different styles of practice. The key point is to live your life with mindfulness, and to cultivate that mindfulness with meditation as much as possible... 15 minutes a day is pretty good for a new layman. As this mindfulness increases you will find it easier to do different practices and to lead a good life with love, compassion and, as real Buddhists do, by the 5 precepts (Note the precepts are difficult to practice without error, but a practicetioner is to try their best) To practice is to lead a good life. While shrine practice may be of benifit in bringing the Dharma to your day, it is not the whole story. May I suggest the book "Awakening to the sacred" by Lama Surya Das. It outlines many practices that can be done daily... while it doesn't cover shrine practice it is a good book. Condiser his other book "Awakening to the Buddha Within" for a good general overview of Buddhism. As for an online page concerning practice, try:
watthai.net/talon/Wheel/wheel206.htm It's pretty good, and will discuss shrine practice. But you don't rally need to have a shrine to practice Buddhism. Hope this helps, Metta.
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