Perfect conduct : ascertaining the three vows by Dudjom Rinpoche

By Dudjom Rinpoche

All religions educate codes of moral habit. So too does Buddhism. This books is a translation of an quintessential exposition of the 3 units of vows which are relevant to Tibetan Buddhist codes of discipline--the pratimoksa vows of person liberation; the vows of the bodhisattva, who selflessly strives for the liberation of all beings; the vows of the esoteric direction of tantra.

Here, the overdue Dudjom Rinpoche offers his authoritative statement at the function of ethics and morality in Buddhist perform, outlining intimately the which means and scope of the vows, and giving useful suggestion on conserving the vows as supportive instruments within the trip towards enlightenment

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To abandon the seven categories of defeats and so forth for the duration of one's life is to become fully ordained as a bhik~u (male or female). These are the categories for ordination. To condense these eight categories of pratimo~a into types, the fully ordained male and female catego1y is the first, the male and female novice as well as the female novice in training are the second, male and female lay ordination are the third, and the twenty-fourhour vow constitutes the fourth. Thus, although technically there are eight pratimok~a categories, they are condensed into these four.

B. The specific explanation of the format for the vow-receiving ritual in five additional subdivisions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The manner in which to receive vows previously unobtained The methods that guard the vows from deterioration The physical support necessary to receive the vows The methods for restoring damaged vows The benefits of guarding the vows 1. a. Briefly revealed: First, the manner for receiving vows not previously obtained is explained according to two traditions. The two traditions for obtaining vows refer to the rituals of the past and the present day.

They must have been fully ordained for at least ten years in order to be qualified to bestow ordination upon others. 2(c) The manner of accomplishment: Full ordination is received in progressive stages. " At the conclusion of three repetitions, the vows are obtained. The first line of the root text, "full ordination ·is received in progressive stages," refers to the usual step-by-step procedure whereby, ordinarily, one will take refuge, lay ordination, novice ordination, and full ordination in that order.

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