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Bodhisattva Vow Class
with Zoe Drake
May 6 / 7:00 PM - May 20 / 9:00 PM
The Bodhisattva Vow is further commitment to put others before oneself and to work wholeheartedly for their benefit. The basis of this vow is the aspiration to develop friendliness, compassion, and genuine insight through the practice of the six paramitas. With the Bodhisattva Vow, we dedicate ourselves and all that we do to the benefit of all sentient beings.
For those who are interested in taking the bodhisattva vow, it is recommend that the following criteria be met:
1. One should wait six months after taking refuge before taking the bodhisattva vow. The Vidyadhara established this guideline to emphasize a practitioner's sense of path. Note: It is not possible to take both the refuge & bodhisattva vows at the same time.
2. One should have taken at least one class on the bodhisattva path (e.g., The Path of the Bodhisattva, Six Paramitas, Lojong, etc.) and should understand the meaning of the vow.
3. One should have a genuine desire to work for the benefit of others. This desire might manifest, for example, as greater participation in the activities of the local center.
It is also customary to offer a gift to the teacher (a personal possession that the giver considers precious to them) and a monetary gift to the teacher at the ceremony.