Freedom Wherever We Go: A Buddhist Monastic Code for the Twenty-first Century

By Thich Nhat Hanh

In Freedom anyplace 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 an identical of the foundations of Saint Benedict, the Pratimoksha defines and organizes the behavior of monastics and of the monastic neighborhood. the information during this booklet 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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THE 3rd principle: A bhikshu who takes the lifetime of someone else via deed, note, or goal, breaks the 3rd of the 4 Degradation Offenses, is not any longer precious to stay a bhikshu, and can't perform the actions of the Bhikshu Sangha. THE FOURTH principle: A bhikshu who claims that he has attained realizations at the religious course, which he has now not in reality discovered, breaks the fourth of the 4 Degradation Offenses, is not any longer helpful to stay a bhikshu, and can't perform the actions of the Bhikshu Sangha. Venerable Bhikshus, i've got comprehensive reciting the 4 Degradation Offenses. whilst a bhikshu transgresses anyone of those 4 precepts he has failed in his profession as a bhikshu and will not stay within the Bhikshu Sangha. Now i'm asking you: so far as those 4 Degradation Offenses are involved, is your precepts’ physique transparent? [The query is requested 3 times. ] The Venerable Bhikshus have remained silent. accordingly we all know that during the Sangha everyone’s precepts’ physique is obvious. allow us to concentrate on this, realize it, and provides it our approval. [Bell] Sangha recovery Offenses (Sanghavashesha) Venerable Bhikshus, those are the Twenty-seven Sangha recovery Offenses (Sanghavashesha) to be recited as soon as each weeks. 1. A bhikshu who, while encouraged by means of sexual wish, touches the physique of a lady or a guy, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. 2. A bhikshu who, while influenced by means of sexual wish, makes use of phrases that have the influence of arousing a sexual feeling within the girl or guy to whom he's conversing, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. three. A bhikshu who, whilst inspired through sexual hope, tells a girl or a guy that it'd be a superb factor for him or her to have sexual relatives with him, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. four. A bhikshu who verbally or in writing makes a suggestion to a nun or a monk to go away the monastic lifestyles besides him, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. five. A bhikshu who acts as a matchmaker or as a go-between, or makes the preparations for a marriage among humans, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. 6. A bhikshu who, out of anger or jealousy, falsely accuses one other bhikshu of a Degradation Offense, with the purpose of destroying that bhikshu’s popularity, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. 7. A bhikshu who, out of anger or jealousy, takes a small mistake of one other bhikshu and magnifies it in order that it kind of feels to be a Degradation Offense, with the goal of destroying that bhikshu’s recognition, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. eight. A bhikshu who makes use of political strength to oppress or threaten different participants of the clergymen’ Sangha, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. nine. A bhikshu who turns into a member of a political celebration or a political association, even if secretly or brazenly, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. 10. A bhikshu who acts as a secret agent, taking details from the Sangha and giving it to a political celebration or a political association, commits a Sangha recovery Offense. eleven. A bhikshu who gets money from the govt, a political celebration, or a political association, commits a Sangha recovery Offense.

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