Practices

Traditional Buddhist Practices vs. Secular Buddhist Practices

Depending on the particular branch of Buddhism, the following practices may be followed. The yes/no/optional tags indicate whether Secular Buddhism incorporates these practices.

• Meditation – yes including:

• insight meditation

• concentration meditation including breath and other objects
(also loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity)

• walking meditation – can be either concentration or insight

• Study of classical teachings – yes although normally in modern versions

• Dana – optional

• Vegetarianism – optional

• Statues of The Buddha – optional

• Singing Bowls – optional

• Bowing as formal greeting – optional

• Incense – optional

• Chanting – no

• Ordination – no

• Dharma names – no

• Prostrations – no

• Diety visualization – no

• Mantras – no

• Mandala  visualizations – no

• Koans – no

• Mudras – no

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Posted August 8, 2010 by Rick Bateman