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“In A Householder’s Vinaya, Allan Cooper describes in detail and depth guidelines for realizing our highest dharma aspirations. Going beyond conventional notions of daily life practice, Allan’s deep wisdom both challenges and inspires us to raise the bar of impeccability as we undertake the liberating teachings of the Buddha. In this unique work, there is a wealth of practical advice for transforming everyday life experiences into a genuine path of  awakening.  Highly recommended.”
Joseph Goldstein
Author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening.

All royalties will be donated to the Buddhist Global Relief Fund.

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“In A Householder’s Vinaya, Allan Cooper describes in detail and depth guidelines for realizing our highest dharma aspirations. Going beyond conventional notions of daily life practice, Allan’s deep wisdom both challenges and inspires us to raise the bar of impeccability as we undertake the liberating teachings of the Buddha. In this unique work, there is a wealth of practical advice for transforming everyday life experiences into a genuine path of  awakening.  Highly recommended.”
Joseph Goldstein
Author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening.

All royalties will be donated to the Buddhist Global Relief Fund.

Meditation without virtue

is 

Wisdom without compassion. 

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Virtue with meditation

teaches

Wisdom with compassion.

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Introduction

Householding meditators almost always try to fit their meditation practices into their daily lives instead of making their lives their meditation practice. There are very real reasons why this is the case—typically, people feel too busy, have little or no support for their practice, and/or lack adequate instruction.

     Householdersvinaya.com is where a serious meditator from any tradition can get clear instructions on how to plan and do a home retreat; organize a community retreat; or learn the perspectives and techniques vital in making one’s daily life into a proactive and workable home practice; and construct their own householder’s Vinaya.

    When we choose to make home practice our life, we do the best we can under whatever the inner and outer conditions are to incline the mind with a friendly determination toward mindfulness and clear comprehension (sati-sampajañña) coupled with virtue (sīla). A winnable combination for anybody to  build a wholesome life and a practical practice towards full liberation of the mind/heart.

    When we do formal meditation, we incline our minds toward continuous mindfulness. When we work we incline our minds toward continuous work, and when we play we incline our minds toward continuous play. Training ourselves to include as much sati-sampajañña in all our activities, whether on the cushion, at work, or sipping coffee with friends, we actively sculpt the mind/heart toward wholesomeness in all our activities. 

       The rest takes care of itself.

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Above, on the website’s menu in Featured Materials is the Householder’s Vinaya With Home and Saṅgha Retreat Guides; scroll click and read or click PDF for download/print.

The Householder’s Vinaya is an accessible step by step ‘how to’ manual for anyone wishing to create an everyday life of meditative development. These new ways help cultivate and deepen meditative wisdom and establishes a deeper and more textured baseline when returning to the retreat center or monastery.

A Householder’s Vinaya uses everyday life and our everyday practice and transforms chores, distractions, and any normal activity into the balance that is necessary to discover or deepen the promise of liberation. Our daily practice combined with our everyday activities become the field of practice. 

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May this practice serve you well.

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If you want to understand your mind. Sit down and see for yourself.

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Much can be accomplished in a week or a ten-day Home Retreat. However, shorter periods of time, even just one day, can also be extremely valuable.

Allan Cooper
Allan Cooper

Bio

Allan Cooper has practiced vipassana and samatha meditation practices since 1974. His primary teachers are the Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita, his student, Sayadaw U Vivekananda, Abbot, Panditarama International Vipassana Meditation Center, Lumbini, Nepal, and Joseph Goldstein, co-founder of Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA, USA. Allan is a retired hospice and mental health RN and has been teaching meditation and leading retreats for many years.