The Daily Cushion

The Lay Person Success and Happiness

The Daily Cushion with Steve Linder

14 September 2020 – Deep Dig

A Lay Person’s Life, Balanced and Successful

    • “Sir, we are laypeople who enjoy sensual pleasures and living at home with our children. We use sandalwood imported from Kāsi, we wear garlands, perfumes, and makeup, and we accept gold and money. May the Buddha please teach us the Dhamma in a way that leads to our welfare and happiness in this life and in future lives.”
    • Insight #1 – The layperson’s life has many distractions and attachments.
    • Insight #2 – These attachments require much attention and energy that distracts our practice and enlightenment.
    • Insight #3 – We need to listen to The Buddha’s advice for the success of layperson’s about this life and future lives.
    • Observe sensual pleasures as truly sensual pleasures… have “right view” about cravings…dukkha.
    • Seek wisdom about the dangers and drawbacks of these sensual pleasures.
    • After observing the drawbacks of sensual pleasures, release these attachments.
      • Find a comfortable place that is quiet to sit and meditate with few interruptions and distractions to the senses.
    • 🧘🏽‍♀️ RELAX
      • After sitting comfortably on a cushion or pillow or floor, place hands in lap and close the eyes.
    • 🧘🏽‍♀️ TRIPLE GEM (1-2 min)
      • Prepare the mind and concentration by taking “Refuge in the Triple Gem”. 
      • Visualize each one in the mind (as an object) and generate faith and warm feelings with each one. Don’t rush this.
      • I take refuge in The Buddha.
      • I take refuge in The Dhamma.
      • I take refuge in The Sangha.
    • 🧘🏽‍♀️ SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)
      • “The Breath”
      • Begin to focus in the breathing without attaching or stressing about it. Just relax and observe the breath.
      • As you breath in… observe it and release.
      • As you breath out… observe it and release.
      • Observing the rhythm of the breath is essential to relax the body and to practice releasing.
      • Use the out breath to practice releasing.
      • Relaxed smiling is good to use to help relax. 
      • I often will use the phrase “Peace” (in breath)
      • “Release” (our breath)
      • Continue observing breathing until it becomes very subtle or almost unnoticeable.
    • 🧘🏽‍♀️ SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)
      • “The Body”
      • As the breath fades, the mind relaxes, the body also begins to relax.
      • Observe the body as a (body) form. It’s not self, but only a shell, a rupa, that temporarily supports consciousness.
      • As observing, the body, let the breath and body fade.
    • 🧘🏽‍♂️ SATIPATTHĀNA WARM UP (3-5 min)
      • “The Mind”
      • As the breath fades and the body relaxes, the mind tends to become active or stay busy.
      • As thoughts arise, don’t engage with them. Observe them and then let them fade.
      • They will rise and they will fall unless there is engagement to feed the thoughts.
    • After the Satipatthana warmup, observe all sensual pleasures.
    • Contemplate the nature of these pleasures as temporary and impermanent.
    • Contemplate the pleasures as fuel for craving and attachment.
    • Contemplate the pleasures as drawbacks and distractions for practice.
    • Contemplate the greater pleasure of freedom and release.
    • Smile and release attachment to sensual pleasures and feel the freedom rise.


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