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No more than five sutras

KeromeKerome Love, love is mysteryThe Continent Veteran
edited June 13 in Buddhism Today

The other day I came across an online Buddhist who declared “I just adhere to a handful of sutras, just four or five, which I have memorised. That is enough to guide my practice.” Having thought about it a little, it seems eminently possible, and there is something appealing and clean about it.

So I thought i would ask, if you were going to practice in this way, which sutras would you choose?

I might start with...

The Satipatthana Sutra — four foundations of mindfulness — longish and full of good stuff
The Kalama Sutra — guidance on spiritual teachers — I find this really grounding
The Dhammapada — original material on many topics — inspirational

Alexperson

Comments

  • JasonJason God Emperor Arrakis Moderator
    edited June 13

    I think MN 61 and MN 118 would me on my list. I'd also include SN 45.8, MN 22, and SN 56.11 (although DN 22 is another possibility).

    Kerome
  • personperson Don't believe everything you think The Void Veteran

    The Dalai Lama once gave some advice on a couple simple things that should be the focus of what is taught to westerners. The four foundations of mindfulness was among them, I wish I could remember what else.

    Bunks
  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    As a student of Zen meditation, I currently use a perusal of at least one of these writings each day to help guide my tendencies of wayward travel back towards the middle way.

    Nāgārjuna's Heart sutra,

    Sekito Kisen’s Sandokai,

    Tozan Ryokai's The most excellent mirror Samadi,

    Roshi Jiyu kennett's Zazen Rules,

    Dilgo Khyentse's The everyday practice of Dzogchen.

    KeromeBunks
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    One more often than not comes to mind...

    Form is Emptiness....Emptiness is Form

    Bunks
  • Rob_VRob_V North Carolina Explorer

    Buddhism in two words:
    Let go.

    Bunkshow
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Rob_V said:
    Buddhism in two words:
    Let go.

    I'll take your two words and raise you one:

    Simplify.

    Bunkshow
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @Rob_V said:
    Buddhism in two words:
    Let go.

    Well I think that’s allright for a monastic, but for a westerner it is somewhat more tricky. Letting go of everything means you go rather floppy.

    BunkshowShoshin
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