The Sixth Vow: To Appeal to the Buddha to Turn the Dharma Wheel

Since we benefit from the education we receive from the Buddha, what can we do to repay his kindness? Nowadays, most people enshrine and worship him, making daily offerings to his image on an alter. Is this the right way to repay him? No. These are only rituals to remind us not to forget the Read More …

The Fifth Vow: To be Joyful over Others Meritorious Deeds

This requires us to go against what seems so natural to us, jealously. It is natural for humans to have this emotion. For example, small children appear unhappy when others receive more candy than they do. This is jealously and it is a major obstacle to our self-cultivation. Universal Worthy Bodhisattva largely attributed this vow Read More …

The Fourth Vow: To Regret Karmic Obstacles

Everybody has karmic obstacles. Every thought in a person’s mind causes a karmic act, which in turn will certainly result in an obstacle. What is obstructed? Our true nature, within which there is infinite wisdom and virtue. There are two types of obstacles: those caused by afflictions and those caused by knowledge-attachment. We create them Read More …

The Third Vow: To Make Offerings Extensively

The primary characteristic of Universal Worthy Bodhisattva is an immeasurably broad and compassionate mind, which in Mahayana Buddhism is considered as the perfect function of the self-nature. Ordinary Bodhisattvas have seen to their self-nature, but it is partial, not perfect. Only the virtuous character of Universal Worthy Bodhisattva is perfect. All his vows are directed Read More …

The First Vow: To Pay Respect to all Buddhas

Who are Buddhas? We read in the Flower Adornment Sutra, “Sentient or insentient, all attain wisdom.” So all beings that have self-awareness and all things such as plants and minerals are Buddhas-to-Be. With respect for all beings and things, not just the present Buddhas, we will foster the heart of Universal Worthy Bodhisattva. His heart Read More …