Bodhisattva Precepts

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(byang sdom). According to the system of Nagarjuna, in the Chariot of the Profound View, the precepts are to refrain from the following: 1) to steal the funds of the Three Jewels; 2) to commit the act of forsaking the Dharma; 3) to punish or cause to lose the precepts etc. people who possess or have lapsed from the trainings; 4) to commit the five acts with immediate result; 6) to violate the five definite precepts for a king, such as keeping wrong views and so forth; 7) to violate the five definitive precepts for a minister such as destroying a village, a valley, a city, a district, or a country; 8) to give premature teachings on emptiness to people who haven't trained in the Mahayana; 9) to aspire towards the shravakas of the Hinayana after having reached the Mahayana; 10) to train in the Mahayana after forsaking the Individual Liberation; 11) to disparage the Hinayana; 12) to praise oneself and disparage others; 13) to be highly hypocritical for the sake of honor and gain; 14) to let a monk receive punishment and be humiliated; 15) to harm others by bribing a king or a minister in order to punish them; 16) to give the food of a renunciant meditator to a reciter of scriptures and thus causing obstacles for the cultivation of shamatha. 17) The eighty subsidiary infractions are to forsake the happiness of another being and so forth.

According to the system of Asanga, the Chariot of the Vast Conduct, the precepts for the bodhichitta of aspiration are as follows: to never forsake sentient beings, to remember the benefits of bodhichitta, to gather the accumulations, to exert oneself in training in bodhichitta, as well as to adopt and avoid the eight black and white deeds. The four precepts for the bodhichitta of application are (to avoid the following): 1) out of desire, to have exceeding attachment to honor and gain and to praise oneself and disparage others, 2) out of stinginess, to refrain from giving material things, Dharma teachings and wealth to others, 3) out of anger, to harm others and be unforgiving when offered an apology, 4) out of stupidity, to pretend that indolence is Dharma and to teach that to others. The 46 minor infractions are to refrain from making offerings to the Three Jewels and so forth. The four black deeds are to deceive a venerable person, to cause someone to regret what is not regrettable, to disparage a sublime person, and to deceive sentient beings. The four white deeds are their opposites.[AL] [RY]

Vows of Bodhisattva