sorry guys! i clearly worded this poorly. i'm looking for something one could give too a non buddhist or someone new too buddhism, and they could for the most part use it too begin practicing. a really sparse example is the SN 45.8, a two page exposition on the eightfold path. just enough too practice, maybe with a little commentary added. or a bigger one is the satipatthana sutta, lots of practical instructions and some morality rules. or an almost totally complete teaching (not all inclusive obviously, nothing is except the entire canon and surrounding works) like "in the buddha's words" by bhikkhu bodhi or "the heart of buddhist meditation" by nyanaponika thera.
the dhamma is extremely large, so what is a compact way to learn and start practicing?
like a book or sutta or a step by step guide made by yourself. the bare necessities, but enough to get someone started in practice.
the more bare, the more interesting, however still reasonable for a beginner too be able too practice and learn the foundation.
so one sentence is not really going too do it. again, totally my fault for not wording the op very well, sorry for confusion.
and the coolest thing would be something very compact that could get you from step one, all the way too the end.
the dhamma is VAST, without a doubt it is a veritable sea. the tipitaka alone is huge, and if you start thinking about the commentaries and works by dhamma writers it gets even more massive.
it can be hard too take it all in.
what is the most simple and compact explanation and practice regimen you can think of?
i don't necessarily mean one that already exists. if you can summarize it yourself that would be great, or if you know of a pamphlet or book or anything really that is a good summary i'd be inerested too hear it.
i would say "the heart of buddhist meditation" by nyanaponika thera, although i would add a few more pages too explain jhana. but it is a very complete practice manual and is very small.
i have also noticed that certain suttas seem too present complete practices. like the anapanasati sutta for example seems too imply that it can take one from step one, all the way too nibbana, fulfilling the four foundations of mindfulness and everything. although this may be a bit of an exaggeration.
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