Bodhisattva Vow - TL August 2009 1505 KB
The bodhisattva vow means: you wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings to attain Buddhahood.

The Bodhisattva Vow, from the August 2009 issue of Thar Lam (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications)
On Taking Refuge 55 KB
Conducting the ceremony of Refuge is the transmission of the formal procedure by which individual people confirm that they are Buddhists. We make this commitment at the beginning of our life as Buddhists. We also constantly renew the commitment by taking Refuge again and again, throughout our lives until we truly become Buddha by reaching enlightenment.

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Refuge and Precepts - GPF book 171 KB
By taking refuge we commit ourselves to the Buddhist path. In order to progress on the path we need to conduct ourselves accordingly. For this purpose we take precepts. The five precepts for laypeople are not to kill, not to steal, not to engage in sexual misconduct, not to lie and not to take anything that intoxicates you.

Refuge & Precepts, from Ground, Path & Fruition (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications 2005)
Refuge 57 KB
For those of you who are taking refuge for the first time, this means that you are officially becoming Buddhists.

From a teaching given prior to a Refuge ceremony performed by Rinpoche at KTD in 1995.
Seven Points of Mind Training - GPF book 265 KB
We can look at the "Seven Points" of this text's title as its seven chapters, and they all describe the practice of bodhichitta. They describe how our mind - which at the moment is stained and defiled by ignorance, attachment, anger, jealousy and so on - can become pure.

Seven Points of Mind Training, from Ground, Path & Fruition (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications 2005)
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