Brief Description Have you ever wished for a simpler life an opportunity totransform the stresses of the busyness and complexity of our fast-paced society?
Stepping into Freedom
offers us a look at Buddhistmonastic life and shows us all ways to live simply, beautifully andhappily while dwelling in the present moment. It is a book of guidelines, encouraging words, reminders, and poems for novicemonks and nuns n the Buddhist tradition.Included are basic teachings on conscious breathing, sitting andwalking meditation, and "mindful manners" that can help us reducestress, lead a wholesome and happy life, and cultivate our mind of love, whether in a monastic society or in the larger society of theworld. Thich Nhat Hanh has taught four generations of young monksand nuns in Vietnam and the West, as well as thousands of laypractitioners. In Vietnam he cofounded the An Quang BuddhistInstitute and the Van Hanh Buddhist University. He has studied andtaught at Columbia and Princeton Universities, and the Sorbonne.Sample Chapter
Gathas for the Practiceof Mindful Living
When I entered Tu Hieu Monastery as a novice in 1942, Ireceived a copy of Gathas for Daily Use, compiled by Chinesemeditation master Duti. Gathas are short verses to recite duringdaily activities to help us return to mindfulness. At Plum Village inFrance, we practice gathas all day long--when we wake up, whenwe enter the meditation hall, during meals, when we wash thedishes, and with each activity. To meditate is to be aware of what isgoing on in our bodies, our feelings, our minds, and the world.Dwelling in the present moment, we can see so many beauties andwonders right before our eyes--a child's smile, the sun rising, theautumn leaves. We can be happy just by being aware of what is infront of us. Practicing with a gatha can help us return to ourselvesand to what is going on in the present moment. It is helpful tomemorize these gathas, a few at first, and more as you go on withthe practice. As you silently recite the first line, breathe in; and asyou silently recite the second line, breathe out. When the gatha is