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  • Dianne McKinnon

The Four Binding Factors of Losing Vows

1. Not regarding the negative action as detrimental, seeing only advantages to it, and undertaking the action with no regrets. 2.Having been in the habit of committing the transgression before, having no wish or intention to refrain now or in the future from repeating it. 3. Delighting in the negative action and undertaking it with joy. 4. Having no moral self-dignity (ngo-tsha med-pa, no sense of honor) and no care for how our actions reflect on others (khrel-med, no sense of face), such as our teachers and parents, and thus having no intention of repairing the damage we are doing to ourselves. [excerpted from Berzin Archives] ཀུན་དཀྲིས་བཞི། །ཉིས་དམིགས་སུ་ལྟ་བ། ། ཉེས་པ་ལ་སྤྱོད་འདོད་མ་ལོག་པ། །དགའ་མགུ་དང་བཅས་པ་། །ངོ་ཚ་དང་ཁྲེལ་མེད། Last week Geshe la spoke about the process of taking Bodhisattva vows and the four binding factors that lead to transgressing one of the 18 root vows to the point of the vow being lost ( a root downfall) and needing to be restored. He explained that unlike the other sixteen vows, vows nine and eighteen do not need these binding factors to be a full root downfall, as they full downfalls of their own accord. You can see a full list of the vows in both English and Tibetan on the IBC website under the Sazhi Zangpo class five materials: You can also read a full list of the vows , and information on transgressing and repairing the vows at: MORE TO FOLLOW! Stay tuned for more information on special additions of Sunday teachings when Geshela's will teach on the vows more extensively, and offer vows.

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