Determination

Determination (pranidhana) is the voluntary undertaking of vows. Although there are various levels of vows in Dharma practice, the perfection of determination (pranidhana paramita) refers specifically to the definitive vows that Great Bodhisattvas (Mahasattvas) make upon receiving the prophecy of their imminent enlightenment, such as those made by Samantabhadra, Bhaisajyaguru, Ksitigarbha, and Amideva.  

However, along the way to enlightenment, we can develop our capacity for determination by voluntarily accepting various traditional sets of vows:

  • Refuge Vows
  • Five Precepts
  • Monastic Ordination Vows
  • Essential Bodhisattva Vows
  • Eight Mahayana Vows
  • Bodhisattva Ordination Vows
  • Samaya Vows
  • Mahasattva Vows

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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