Bodhisattva ethical restraints: Vows 6-8

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Part of a series of talks on the bodhisattva ethical restraints. The talks from January 3 through March 1, 2012, are concurrent with the 2011-2012 Vajrasattva Winter Retreat at Sravasti Abbey.

  • Vows 6-8, to avoid:
    • 6. Abandoning the holy Dharma by saying that texts which teach the three vehicles are not the Buddha’s word

    • 7. With anger (a) depriving ordained ones of their robes, beating and imprisoning them, or (b) causing them to lose their ordination even if they have impure morality, for example, by saying that being ordained is useless

    • 8. Committing any of the five extremely destructive actions: (a) killing your mother, (b) killing your father, (c) killing an arhat, (d) intentionally drawing blood from a Buddha, or (e) causing schism in the Sangha community by supporting and spreading sectarian views

  • Think about the mindsets that the precepts are guarding against and see how easily they can arise

Bodhisattva ethical restraints 04: Vows 6-8 (download)

04 Bodhisattva Ethical Restraints: Vows #6-8 1-19-12

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