Cultivating the Mind of Love by Thich Nhat Hanh, Natalie Goldberg

By Thich Nhat Hanh, Natalie Goldberg

Whilst Thich Nhat Hanh was once a 24-year-old monk, he fell desperately in love with a nun of 20. He couldn’t sleep, and stayed up all evening writing poetry. This publication faucets that have in an formidable double narrative that interweaves his stories of that past love with the way it used to be transmuted into boddhichitta with a considerate learn of the Mahayana Buddhist sutras. via this strange procedure, Nhat Hanh exhibits readers find out how to nurture their very own "mind of love" and convey pleasure and wish to themselves and people round them.

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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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