Tag Archives: BODHISATTVA VOWS

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 … Continue reading

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10th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I shall not disparage the Triple Jewel or encourage others to do so. I must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of slander. If I hear but a single word of slander against … Continue reading

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9th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not harbor anger or encourage others to be angry. I should not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of anger. As a disciple of the Buddha, I must be compassionate and … Continue reading

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8th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not be stingy or encourage others to be stingy. I should not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of stinginess. As a Bodhisattva, whenever destitute persons come for help, I should … Continue reading

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7th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I shall not praise myself and speak ill of others, or encourage others to do so. I must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of praising myself and disparaging others.   As a … Continue reading

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6th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not broadcast the misdeeds or infractions of Bodhisattva-clerics or Bodhisattva-laypersons, or of other monks and nuns, nor encourage others to do so. I must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma … Continue reading

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5th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not trade in intoxicants or encourage others to do so. I must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of trafficking in any intoxicant whatsoever, for intoxicants are the causes and … Continue reading

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4th Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not use false words and speech, or encourage others to lie or lie by expedient means. I must not involve myself in the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of lying, saying that … Continue reading

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3rd Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not engage in licentious acts or encourage others to do so. I must not have sexual relations with any persons, be they human, animal, divine, or spiritual, nor create the causes, conditions, … Continue reading

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2nd Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not steal or encourage others to steal, steal by expedient means, or steal by means of incantation or deviant mantras. I must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of stealing. … Continue reading

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