Mahayana Refuge

Mahayana Refuge

In fact, bluntly speaking, when a Mahayana bodhisattva is taking refuge, not like all the other practitioners, who will take refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha to protect them from samsara only. Mahayana bodhisattvas they take refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha to protect them from both, samsara and nirvana.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
(videos)

2 thoughts on “Mahayana Refuge

  1. Montserrat Mansilla

    Please this statement strikes me: “Mahayana bodhisattvas they take refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha to protect them from both, samsara and nirvana.” could Rinpoché explain this?

  2. dorjeduck Post author

    How wonderful this statement strikes you, that is what this blog is all about 🙂

    Rinpoche won’t reply here of course. So best you try to watch the videos of the complete teaching in order to get more explanations on that. (Can’t recall from which part of the teaching this quote is unfortunately.)

    My take on this quote is that in the Mahayana practitioners take the bodhisattva vow in which they also promise not to enter personal nirvana until all sentient beings are liberated from samsara. So somebody on the Mahayana path wants to be protected from the attraction of personal nirvana for sure.

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