Bodhisattva ethical restraints: Introduction and vows 1-3

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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.

  • Introduction
  • Explanation of vows according to a commentary by Dagpo Rinpoche which uses Tsongkhapa’s explanation
  • Vows of engaging bodhicitta
  • Vows 1-3 are to avoid:
    • 1. (a) Praising yourself or (b) belittling others because of attachment to receiving material offerings, praise, and respect.

    • 2. (a) Not giving material aid or (b) not teaching the Dharma to those who are suffering and without a protector, because of miserliness.

    • 3. (a) Not listening although another declares his/her offense or (b) with anger blaming him/her and retaliating.

  • When a precept has more than one aspect, doing just one aspect constitutes a transgression of the precept.

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