Stepping into Freedom: An Introduction to Buddhist Monastic Training

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Parallax Press, Sep 15, 1997 - Religion - 156 pages
Stepping into Freedom is a book of guidelines, encouraging words, reminders, and gathas for novice monks and nuns in the Buddhist tradition. These texts provide an important insight into the heart of practice taught by the Buddha, and relevant for all.
 

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Contents

Gathas for the Practice of Mindful Living
2
Waking Up
2
Opening the Window
2
Rinsing Your Mouth
2
Washing Your Feet
2
Sitting Down
2
Greeting Someone
2
Before Eating
2
Touching the Earth
51
Listening to the Teachings
52
Studying Sutras and Other Books
53
Entering a Temple or the Grounds of a Stupa
55
Working with the Sangha
58
Bathing
59
Going to the Bathroom
60
Going to Sleep
61

Before Eating
2
Inviting the Bell to Sound Version 1
2
Listening to the Bell Version 1
13
Morning Meditation
14
Impermanence
15
Praising the Dharma
16
Breathing Version 1
17
Breathing Version 3
18
Turning on the Computer
19
Drinking Tea
20
Using the Telephone
21
Washing Vegetables
22
Sweeping
23
Arranging Flowers
24
The Ten Novice Precepts
25
The Ten Novice Precepts
27
On Protecting Life
28
On Protecting Chastity
29
On Mindful Speech and Deep Listening
30
On Protecting and Nourishing Body and Mind Not Consuming Alcohol Drugs or Other Items That Contain Toxins
31
On Not Using Cosmetics or Wearing Jewelry
32
On Not Being Caught in Worldly Amusements
33
On Not Living a Life of Material
34
On Not Accumulating Money or Possessions for Personal Use
35
Mindful Manners
37
Mindful Manners
39
Attending Your Teacher
41
Traveling with Your Teacher
44
Listening to Your Teachers Advice
45
Having Tea with Your Teacher
46
Practicing during a Formal Meal
49
Heating Your Room
62
Sharing a Room
63
Visiting a Temple of the Other Sex
64
Visiting a Donor or Your Family
65
Going to Town
66
Going to the Market
67
Working in the Kitchen
68
Talking on the Telephone
69
Beginning Anew
71
Taking Refuge in the Sangha
72
Inviting and Listening to the Bell
73
Walking Standing Sitting and Lying Down
74
Attending Dharma Discussions
75
Robe Bowl and Sitting Mat
76
Practicing at Other Temples
77
Taking Part in Tea Meditation
78
Driving
79
Using the Computer
81
Relating to Laypeople
83
Purifying Your Body
84
Encouraging Words Master Guishan
87
Encouraging Words Master Guishan
89
A Talk for Young Monks and Nuns Thich Nhat Hanh
99
A Talk for Young Monks and Nuns
101
Ceremony for Reciting the Ten Precepts
121
Ceremony for Reciting the Ten Precepts
123
Open the Road Wider
141
Open the Road Wider
143
Sources
145
Sources
147
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Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he teaches the art of mindful living. Translated by Annabel Laity.

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