By Thich Nhat Hanh

In Freedom at any place We Go, Zen grasp Thich Nhat Hanh takes the centuries –old Buddhist monastic code, the Pratimoksha,and updates it for the twenty-first century. "The Buddha," Thich Nhat Hanh says, "needs brave disciples to make this progressive step."

The Buddhist identical of the principles of Saint Benedict, the Pratimoksha defines and organizes the behavior of monastics and of the monastic neighborhood. the tips during this ebook emphasize correct behavior, mindfulness, openheartedness, and transparent conversation. this can be the 1st time that this article is obtainable to put practitioners and non-monastic readers.

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For this reason the Buddha allowed the monks in these areas to wear shoes made with three layers of soles, so they wouldn’t get sore feet, instead of the customary single sole. In another area where it rained a lot, the Buddha allowed the monks to sit on animal skins, which was otherwise forbidden. The precepts are made to help people not to suffer. When the Buddha was so flexible, why should we be so rigid about the precepts? The Day for Purifying Our Precepts’ Body In the time of the Buddha, the Uposatha day for reciting the precepts was a very joyful occasion for the monks and nuns.

So this monk told the Buddha about Baddhiya. ” The Buddha asked Baddhiya to explain. He said, “In the past when I was a governor, I had great wealth and many bodyguards around me but I was so afraid. I was afraid people would steal everything I had, or kill me. I was overwhelmed by fear day and night. Now all I have is three robes and a bowl and I sit at the foot of a tree and feel so much freedom. I cannot bear it. My happiness is so great! ” The happiness of a monk or a nun is that we are not afraid of losing anything because we have nothing to lose.

The Venerable Shariputra saw that the grass was growing well so he surmised that there must be some nutrition in the earth. He said, “Let us turn the grass over, take the earth and soak it in water and maybe the nutritive elements will come out of the earth. ” At that time a horse owner passed by who had some bran which he fed to his horses. He saw that the monks were so thin. ” The Buddha was also given a fistful of bran each day. Ananda felt sorry for the Buddha and wanted to roast the bran a bit so it would taste better for the Buddha.

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