Freedom Wherever We Go takes the centuries-old Buddhist monastic guidelines of conduct (Pratimoksha) and updates them for the twenty-first century. “The Buddha,” Thich Nhat Hanh says, “needs courageous disciples to make this revolutionary step.” The Pratimoksha can be seen as the Buddhist equivalent to the rules of St. Benedict. Each rule has mindfulness as its foundation. Reading the revised Pratimoksha allows lay practitioners to understand the monastic codes of conduct as well as the monastic lifestyle.
This is the first time that this text is made available to lay practitioners and non-monastic readers. It will nourish the practice of all practitioners. It can inspire everyone to go in the direction of living our daily lives with compassion, love, and understanding in order to protect and care for ourselves, our loved ones, the environment, and all living beings.