Become What You Are by Alan Watts

By Alan Watts

“Life exists purely at this very second, and during this second it really is limitless and everlasting. For the current second is infinitely small; sooner than we will degree it, it has long past, and but it exists ceaselessly. . . . you could think your self out of concord with lifestyles and its everlasting Now; yet you can't be, for you're lifestyles and exist Now.” —from Become What You Are

In this choice of writings, together with 9 new chapters by no means sooner than to be had in ebook shape, Watts screens the intelligence, playfulness of inspiration, and straightforwardness of language that has made him so perennially renowned as an interpreter of jap concept for Westerners. He attracts on a number of spiritual traditions, and covers issues akin to the problem of seeing one’s lifestyles “just because it is,” the Taoist method of harmonious residing, the boundaries of language within the face of ineffable non secular fact, and the mental symbolism of Christian inspiration.

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To abandon the seven categories of defeats and so forth for the duration of one's life is to become fully ordained as a bhik~u (male or female). These are the categories for ordination. To condense these eight categories of pratimo~a into types, the fully ordained male and female catego1y is the first, the male and female novice as well as the female novice in training are the second, male and female lay ordination are the third, and the twenty-fourhour vow constitutes the fourth. Thus, although technically there are eight pratimok~a categories, they are condensed into these four.

B. The specific explanation of the format for the vow-receiving ritual in five additional subdivisions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The manner in which to receive vows previously unobtained The methods that guard the vows from deterioration The physical support necessary to receive the vows The methods for restoring damaged vows The benefits of guarding the vows 1. a. Briefly revealed: First, the manner for receiving vows not previously obtained is explained according to two traditions. The two traditions for obtaining vows refer to the rituals of the past and the present day.

They must have been fully ordained for at least ten years in order to be qualified to bestow ordination upon others. 2(c) The manner of accomplishment: Full ordination is received in progressive stages. " At the conclusion of three repetitions, the vows are obtained. The first line of the root text, "full ordination ·is received in progressive stages," refers to the usual step-by-step procedure whereby, ordinarily, one will take refuge, lay ordination, novice ordination, and full ordination in that order.

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