Your Sutta Practice Begins

Every one of us can develop a deep and personal relationship with the teachings of the Supremely Enlightened Buddha as found in the suttas of the Pali Canon taught in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. On this site you will find a method for developing a daily practice with the suttas themselves. This is strengthened by  various techniques of deep engagement such as creating a personal anthology.

The instructions here will be more like basic meditation instructions, not telling you what you are going to discover, but instead give you the nuts and bolts of setting up a daily practice. Then you do your own work.

Selecting a text

First you will need to select a book of sutta to read. This can be one of the traditional collections of suttas or an anthology of suttas around a particular topic. You can decide on a book based on how much you already know about the teachings of the Buddha as well as how much time you have to read each day. Then you select a time to do your reading practice.

Our time with the suttas each day is personal and reflective. We focus our attention on whatever we understand and try to put that into practice, illuminating our lives with the Blessed One’s teaching. In this way it is more engaged than traditional, academic oriented sutta study. The idea is to study our own defilements in the light of the Dhamma. We take each sutta alone as it is receiving it as a personal gift from our fully enlightened teacher.

Starting again

When we complete our first book of suttas, we can repeat the process with the very same book. In this way we will deepen our understanding and memory of the teachings and check to see how well we have applied them to our lives. After reading our first book a second time, we can choose a different book to work through day by day. In this slow but deliberate way we become intimately aware of the teachings of the Buddha as they have been so well preserved in the Pali suttas.

Think of this as developing a habit, not starting a project. We need to perpetually nurture our direct relationship with the teachings of the Buddha on a daily basis.

The home page has links to all of the major articles. Reading them one by one is a good way to get familiar with the method. You may want to start with Sutta Practice Basics.

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2 thoughts on “Your Sutta Practice Begins”

  1. Dear ReadingFaithfully Founder and Team,

    I discovered your website ( few months back and have subscribed to the Daily Suttas via email.

    It has helped me immensely on the path of Dhamma that we are trying to walk. Especially as lay people navigating the Dhamma path among the varied challenges of daily life.

    Your website has given me guidance, strength, support and helped increase my faith in the words of the Buddha. It has served as an inspiration in living the life of Dhamma.

    Kindly accept my hearfelt gratitude to you for the wonderful work that you continue to do in helping many individuals like myself develop on the path of Dhamma.

    May your work yield success and may you always be protected by the Triple Gem of the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha….

    Also, I would like to volunteer to work on if you need help with the content viz arranging, sorting, or similar work. Kindly let me know.

    Much Metta,

    • Thanks so much for the appreciation. It’s great to hear.

      If you are interested in helping with Buddhist texts, one of the best ways to get involved is through the project. They are often in need of volunteers, especially those with multiple language expertise. Posting in their discussion forum, is the best way to connect.


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