Vows of Bodhisatva Dharmakara

amidabvI establish the unexcelled Vows,

And reach the Highest Path of Enlightenment.

Should these Vows be unfulfilled,

I will renounce Enlightenment.

 

I will be the great Protector

Throughout innumerable kalpas.

Should I fail to save all in need,

I will renounce Enlightenment.

 

Upon my attaining Enlightenment,

If my Name were not heard anywhere

In the ten quarters of the universe,

I will renounce Enlightenment.

—Bodhisatva Dhamakara (Buddha Amideva), Gatha from the Larger Pure Land Sutra

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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4 Responses to Vows of Bodhisatva Dharmakara

  1. dharma pen says:

    Tashi…I don’t understand why we would renounce enlightenment…

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      If it would not serve others, it would be useless. However, this is Bodhisatva Dharmakara’s emphatic manner of expressing that He will not settle for personal liberation. Nothing short of perfect enlightenment for the benefit of others…

  2. dharma pen says:

    Thank you…when read in that context…it’s beautiful!

  3. paulfarma says:

    Namo Amithaba! PKL Great Middle Way 於 2014年05月6日 (週二) 2:07 AM 寫道﹕ WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “I establish the unexcelled Vows, And reach the Highest Path of Enlightenment. Should these Vows be unfulfilled, I will renounce Enlightenment.   I will be the great Protector Throughout innumerable kalpas. Should I fail to save a”

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