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"it is the nature of a man's
behavior that differentiates
him from other men, not the
color of his skin, or the class
into which he is born."


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Buddhists of say that they 'practice' Buddhism. Which most often refers to an activity such as meditating or chanting that schools of Buddhism do daily. For instance a person practicing Japanese 'Jodo Shu' (Pure Land) recites the Nembutsu every day. Zen and Theravada Buddhists practice bhavana (meditation) every day.

 

Many lay Buddhists maintain a Buddha alter. Whatpeople place on the alter varies but most include a Budha image, candles, flowers, incense, and a small bowl for a water as offerings. Takingdaily care of the altar is a reminder to take care of 'practice'. Buddhist 'practice' also includes the Buddha's teachings, in particular the Eightfold Path. The eight elements of the path are organized into three sections -- wisdom, ethical conduct and mental discipline. A meditation practice would be part of mental discipline.

 

Ethical conduct is very much part of daily practice. We are challenged to take care in our speech, our actions, and our daily lives to do no harm to others and to cultivate wholesomeness in ourselves. For example, if we find ourselves getting angry, we take steps to let go of our anger before we harm anyone.

We are challenged to practice mindfulness at all times. Mindfulness is nonjudgmental observation of our moment-to-moment lives. By remaining mindful we remain clear to present reality, not getting lost in a tangle of worries, daydreams and passions.

extracts from About Buhddism