Starting off the explanation of the Bodhisattva ethical restraints or vows with a teaching on the precepts of aspiring bodhicitta.
Series: Bodhisattva Ethical Restraints
Teachings on the ethical guidelines we can take to become bodhisattvas moved by compassion to attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings, given at Sravasti Abbey in 2012.
Explanation of the first three vows according to a commentary by Dagpo Rinpoche which uses Tsongkhapa’s explanation.
The vows regarding abandoning the Mahayana and stealing from the Three Jewels.
The precepts concerning denying that the Buddha’s teachings are truly so, causing monastics to disrobe, and committing the five heinous actions.
Explanation of the bodhisattva precepts which concern holding wrong views, demolishing people’s habitats, and teaching emptiness to people who are unprepared.
A reminder of the preciousness of the opportunity to do retreat followed by a continuation of the teachings on the bodhisattva vows.
Dharma bliss and where the seed syllable meditation fits into our Dharma practice. Bodhisattva precepts and the four reliances.
An explanation of the final root bodhisattva vow and the four binding factors that make a transgression complete, followed by the first of the secondary vows.
Auxiliary precepts covering not respecting one’s seniors, following strong desire and dissatisfaction, and not answering questions which were sincerely asked.
Bringing the precepts into real life situations and an explanation of when not following a precept does not constitute a misdeed.