||Bodhisattva Vow - TL August 2009
|The bodhisattva vow means: you wish to attain
Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings to attain
The Bodhisattva Vow, from the August 2009 issue of Thar Lam (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications)
||On Taking Refuge
|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.
Provided courtesy of Samye Ling
||Refuge and Precepts - GPF book
|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)
|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
|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
Seven Points of Mind Training, from Ground, Path & Fruition (Palpung Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications 2005)