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Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows

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Overview

All religions teach codes of ethical behavior. So too does Buddhism. This books is a translation of an indispensable exposition of the three sets of vows that are central to Tibetan Buddhist codes of discipline—the pratimoksa vows of individual liberation; the vows of the bodhisattva, who selflessly strives for the liberation of all beings; the vows of the esoteric path of tantra.

Here, the late Dudjom Rinpoche provides his authoritative commentary on the role of ethics and morality in Buddhist practice, outlining in detail the meaning and scope of the vows, and giving practical advice on maintaining the vows as supportive tools in the journey toward enlightenment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861710836
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,422,950
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyal (1487-1542), born in the Mustang region of present-day Nepal, was an important scholar and treasure revealer of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-87) was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the supreme head of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was an enlightened yogi and meditation master, a discoverer of concealed treasure teachings (a terton) who was inseparable from Guru Rinpoche [Padmasambhava], the most prolific of contemporary Tibetan scholars, and an incarnate lama who had intentionally emanated for the sake of sentient beings for seventeen successive lives.

Sangye Khandro has been a Buddhist since 1971 and a translator of the Dharma since 1976. She has helped to establish numerous centers in the US and has served as translator for many prominent masters in all four lineages. Sangye has been the spiritual companion of the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche for nearly thirty years and has continued to help serve the centers established by her root teacher, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, with whom she studied and practiced for many years. Sangye Khandro is one of the founders of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Translator's Note
The Commentary, Including the Root Text 1
First: The Initial Virtue 3
Second: The Intermediate Virtue 7
Ch. 1 A Brief Explanation of the Stages of the Main Teaching 7
Ch. 2 An Explanation of the Pratimoksa-Vinaya 14
Ch. 3 The Bodhisattva Vows 63
Ch. 4 Secret Mantra 100
Ch. 5 An Explanation of How to Practice the Three Vows Together Without Conflict 141
Third: The Concluding Virtue 149
Commentator's Note 153
Translation of the Root Text, Ascertaining the Three Vows 155
Outline of the Commentary 175
Notes 191
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