sangha in the three vehicles

sangha in the three vehicles

Again, in the Shravakayana, specially in the Shravakayana, Sangha is usually referred to ordained, ordained with either two hundred fifty different kind of vows or three hundred something vows. Someone who has renounced the worldly life, someone who has permanently or temporarily adopted the life of renunciant. Those, only those are considered members of the Sangha. In the Mahayana, anyone who has taken the Bodhisattva Vow, anyone who has actually – what did he say, Shantideva, I forgot the word, the moment you have the bodhicitta vow then this person will become a Bodhisattva, this person will become object of veneration by gods and human beings. So basically anyone who has taken the Bodhisattva becomes Sangha, Mahayana Sangha. In the Vajrayana, anyone who has taken the five different Buddha family precepts, or four abhishekas, actually even three or five, three Buddha family precepts, five Buddha family precepts, or four abhishekas. They become Vajrayana Sangha. Basically those who are following the path to become Vidyadhara, the holder of awareness. Those become Vajrayana Sangha.

Teachings on Aspirations, California 2008

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