Bodhisattva ethical restraints: Auxiliary vows 4-5

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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.

  • Auxiliary vows 1-7 are to eliminate obstacles to the far-reaching practice of generosity and obstacles to the ethical discipline of gathering virtuous actions. Abandon:
    • 4. Not answering sincerely asked questions that you are capable of answering.

    • 5. Not accepting invitations from others out of anger, pride, or other negative thoughts.

  • Examples of situations where not following the third and fourth precepts do not constitute a misdeed
  • Monastery conduct
  • Situations where it’s appropriate not to accept invitations (as explained in the fifth auxiliary precept)
10 Bodhisattva Ethical Restraints: Auxiliary Precepts #4-5 2-9-12

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