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Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices

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"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.
Paperback, 156 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Parallax Press
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Caroline
Dec 12, 2008 Caroline rated it it was amazing
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this text was written as a compilation of sources for buddhist monks and nuns in training. it's kind of a guidebook, in a way; only some parts of the text were written 4 centuries ago! i wanted to read it to educate myself on some of the practices that practitioners take very seriously. it's so intense! vowing to meditate every day, only eat with your community members, never have sex/drink/take drugs/read harmful literature (violent, sensual, etc). i'm so impressed by the ability of practicing ...more
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Oct 28, 2016 Shelli rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Aspiring Buddhist monastics, potential Gampo Abbey residents
Recommended to Shelli by: Pema Chödrön
Shelves: non-fiction, dharma
Even folks just taking temporary vows or who plan to live as a layperson in a monastic environment (such as Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada) will find Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices a sweet and inspiring complement to your experience. And if you really are about to take your Novice vows, then it's a must-have; it will soothe your nerves with useful preparatory information, and help your heart fully embrace the joyfulness into which you are about to leap!
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Feb 08, 2017 Irene rated it liked it
Stepping into Freedom is one of the books novices receive at Plum Village. I was curious to understand more about how the monks' days are organized and some of the practices they may have as part of daily routine. Very simple; straightforward look at daily mindfulness practice.
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In order to read this book, you going to need to know some background information on Buddhism. This book has not elaborated much how becoming free in the state mind. I wouldn't recommend reading this book yet until you get the idea of what Buddhism is. If you do know the background, you are going to enjoy yourself reading this book. This book shows the path of perspective of what enlighten or being self-awareness feels like. So far I rate this book a 3.
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