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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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“Taking one for the team”

There has been much talk of loyalty, famously described by a US presidential pre-candidate in a recent debate as the willingness to ‘take one for the team’, even when such actions are contrary to one’s principles and harmful to others.   … Continue reading

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The 5 Precept Test for Politicians

Observance of the five precepts constitutes the minimum moral obligation of a practicing lay Buddhist. These five precepts enjoin against killing living beings, taking what is not given (or stealing), sexual misconduct, false speech, and intoxication leading to heedlessness. The … Continue reading

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