As we develop a daily habit of reading the suttas it is important that we always remember the reason we are reading the suttas: To develop our faith in the enlightenment of the Supreme Buddha and to put an end to the round of samsara. If we lose track of this purpose, we may not … Read more
As we read the suttas, we are always trying to see the truth of the teachings in our own lives. When we finish our practice, we can do a quick reflection to help solidify this intention. Begin by making a quick summary in your head of the teaching you just read. It doesn’t have to … Read more
Be prepared for times when reading your regular book of suttas is difficult.
Use this easy technique to motivate yourself to stick with your reading practice even when it is difficult or inconvenient.
When is the best time to do your sutta practice? It will probably be different for everyone, but here are some suggestions. You may want to first decide how much time you will need to spend each day. Schedule a regular time Try and find a time that will work every day or almost every … Read more
When deciding how long to commit to practicing each day, it is important to remember that there is value whatever time you spend reading suttas each day. The effectiveness comes in having the right attitude and consistent daily contact with the teachings. Even if you were only to read a single verse from the Dhammapada … Read more
Non-repetition is the bane of scriptures; neglect is the bane of a home; slovenliness is the bane of personal appearance, and heedlessness is the bane of a guard. Dhp 241, translated by Achariya Buddharakhitta Coming to the end of your first book of suttas will likely give you a sense of accomplishment. In fact, you … Read more
The logistics of a sutta practice are fairly straightforward. Choose a text and read some of it every day. Here you will find more specific suggestions for the basic aspects of a sutta practice.
Think about the minimum amount of time that you believe you can commit to reading and reflecting on suttas each day. Don’t be afraid to start small! It’s better to start with something very short and let the words and the meaning draw you in to deeper practice. Once you decide, make a real plan … Read more