Bodhisattva Vow Talks

The Bodhisattva vow is a vow (Sanskrit: praṇidhāna, lit. aspiration or resolution) taken by some Mahāyāna Buddhists to achieve full buddhahood for the sake of all sentient beings. One who has taken the vow is nominally known as a bodhisattva (a being working towards buddhahood). This can be done by venerating all Buddhas and by cultivating supreme moral and spiritual perfection, to be placed in the service of others. In particular, bodhisattvas promise to practice the six perfections of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom in order to fulfill their bodhicitta aim of attaining buddhahood for the sake of all beings.

The vow is commonly taken in a ritual setting, overseen by a senior monastic, teacher or guru. Whereas the prātimokṣa vows cease at death, the bodhisattva vow extends into future lives. The bodhisattva vows should not be confused with the Bodhisattva Precepts (Skt. bodhisattva-śīla), which are specific ethical guidelines for bodhisattvas.

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Three Characteristics of Phenomena

Serial: SF-01079

One-day sitting lecture: "no eyes, no ears..." Diamond Sutra, Platform Sutra

Delusion, Emptiness, Platform Sutra, Bodhisattva Vow, New Year, Teacher-and-Student,...
May 19 2007
Green Gulch

Intelligence of the Natural World

Serial: SF-00941

Sesshin Lecture: frog chorus; silence and activity; pain and fear of pain; Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma, Silence, Buddha Ancestors, Composure, Buddha Nature, Hindrances, Zendo,...
Apr 07 2007
Green Gulch

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-00986

Architecture at GGF; Layman Pang; many sesshins; "gamble everything on love"; sesshin romance and the potentiality of the present moment; recognizing your Buddha nature in your...

Ordinary Mind, Buddha Mind, Attachment, Silence, Suzuki Roshi, Bodhisattva Vow, Lay...
Apr 06 2007
Green Gulch

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-00994

Strategies, gaining ideas; "paying it forward"; close investigation of the self; Orpheus and Eurydice; Rilke; hidden anger - staying with the emotion

Monkey Mind, Vows, Buddha Nature, Emotions, Suzuki Roshi, Manjushri, Bodhisattva Vow...
Apr 05 2007
Green Gulch

The Secrets of the Body

Serial: SF-00993

Sesshin Lecture: great effort, no result; ritual, bowing; Diamond Sutra; boundaries

Right Effort, Bowing, Suzuki Roshi, Bodhisattva Way, Vows, Liberation, Bodhisattva...
Apr 04 2007
Green Gulch

Picking and Choosing

Suzuki Roshi, Buddha Nature, Big Mind, Bodhisattva Vow, Equanimity, Happiness,...
Sep 02 2006

Why Become Abbot of Zen Center?

Bodhisattva Vow, Practice Period, Precepts, Gratitude, Vows, Commitment, Bell, Suzuki...
Aug 09 2006

October 1st, 2005, Serial No. 01116

Karma, Passions, Vows, Offering, Right Speech, Bodhisattva Vow, Oneness, Daily Life,...
Oct 01 2005

Shuso Talk

Serial: SF-01923

#shuso-talk Sesshin 2 Day 3

Book of Serenity, Suzuki Roshi, Instruction, Offering, Buddha Ancestors, Manjushri,...
Feb 22 2005

Sunday Lecture

Suzuki Roshi, Vows, Bodhisattva Vow, Monastic Practice, Priest, Patience, Birth-and-...
May 09 2004
Green Gulch

March 17th, 2004, Serial No. 01108

Vows, Bodhisattva Vow, Suzuki Roshi, Practice Period, Delusion, Karma, Zazen, Heart...
Mar 17 2004
City Center

June 7th, 2003, Serial No. 01107

Faith, Vows, Bodhisattva Vow, Suzuki Roshi, Patience, Forgiveness, Practice Period,...
Jun 07 2003

January 11th, 2003, Serial No. 04074

Dharma Transmission, Transmission, Suzuki Roshi, Priest, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen,...
Jan 11 2003
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Serial: SF-00981

Buddhist culture rooting in California, purpose of ZC, banana in his back pocket, Puccini, motherhood, livelihood, Buddhahood, statuary invoking our higher purpose, Bodhisattva...

Bodhisattva Precepts, Ceremony, Precepts, Suzuki Roshi, Perfect Wisdom, Triple...
Jul 21 2002
Green Gulch

January 19th, 2002, Serial No. 01112

Bodhisattva Vow, Vows, Emptiness, Cultivation, Nirvana, Heart Sutra, Zazen, Freedom,...
Jan 19 2002
City Center

Wednesday Lecture

Precepts, Equanimity, Bodhisattva Precepts, Enemies, Bodhisattva Vow, Ceremony,...
Sep 13 2000
Green Gulch

Women Ancestors

Lineage, Ordination, soto, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen, Funeral, Obstacles, Gratitude,...
May 13 2000

Wednesday Lecture

Anger, Impermanence, Zendo, Demons, Right Speech, Monastic Practice, Bodhisattva Vow...
Mar 01 2000
Green Gulch

March 1st, 2000, Serial No. 01110

Vows, Big Mind, Bodhisattva Vow, Bodhisattva Way, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Four Noble...
Mar 01 2000
City Center

Fukanzazengi Class

Serial: SF-03517

Monday Class

Hsin Hsin Ming, Buddha Nature, confusion, Platform Sutra, realization, Bodhisattva...
Feb 28 2000
Green Gulch

February 22nd, 2000, Serial No. 01113

Vows, Faith, realization, Letting Go, Suzuki Roshi, Emotions, Bodhisattva Precepts,...
Feb 22 2000
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Ceremony, Instruction, Letting Go, Practice Period, Delusion, Zazen, Family Practice...
Feb 20 2000
Green Gulch

One-day Sitting Lecture

Birth-and-Death, Ceremony, Bodhidharma, Renunciation, Two Truths, Letting Go, Vows,...
May 15 1999
Green Gulch

May 31st, 1998, Serial No. 01784

Serial: SF-01784

Statements by Students (Part 2 of 2) and Blanche Hartman

Suzuki Roshi, Lineage, Lay Ordination, Zazen, Dharma Transmission, Bodhisattva Vow,...
May 31 1998
Sati Center

One-day Sitting Lecture

Zazen, Bodhisattva Vow, Lay, Letting Go, training, Diversity, Nirvana, Posture,...
Oct 25 1997
Green Gulch

One-day Sitting Lecture

Vows, Bodhisattva Vow, Ceremony, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Precepts, Suzuki Roshi, Greed...
Jun 24 1997
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Delusion, Letting Go, Zendo, Bodhisattva Vow, Freedom, realization, Ego, Don't...
Jun 22 1997
Green Gulch

Effort - While You're Already Perfect

Heart Sutra, Suzuki Roshi, Emptiness, realization, Precepts, Passions, Right Effort,...
Nov 13 1996


Practice Period, Study Period, Bodhisattva Way, Vows, Bodhisattva Vow, Patience,...
Sep 28 1996

Taking Care of Oneself, Others and Objects of the World

Serial: SF-02752

One-day sitting - Buddhist practice is just taking care of people, objects, spaces, body and mind.

Priest, Buddha Nature, Precepts, Nirvana Sutra, Bowing, Transmission, Buddha Mind,...
May 18 1996
Green Gulch

This Very Mind Is Buddha - Understanding Birth And Death

Serial: SF-00042

Sunday talk.

Birth-and-Death, Precepts, Repentance, Letting Go, Buddha Ancestors, Hindrances,...
Nov 26 1995

Women in Buddhism

Serial: SF-00153


Religion, Discrimination, Priest, Ceremony, Bodhisattva Vow, Buddha Nature, Ego,...
Oct 23 1995
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Green Gulch Farm

October 14th, 1995, Serial No. 02701

Faith, Vows, Hsin Hsin Ming, Continuous, Buddha Mind, Bodhisattva Vow, Bodhisattva...
Oct 14 1995

Our Relationship with Form - Speech & Food

Serial: SF-00151

Wednesday dharma talk.

Practice Period, Conversation, Happiness, Ceremony, Silence, Bodhisattva Vow, Funeral...
Sep 06 1995
Green Gulch Farm

July 5th, 1995, Serial No. 00987

Freedom, Bodhisattva Vow, Right Effort, Vows, Happiness, Anger, Daily Life, Precepts...
Jul 05 1995

Sunday Lecture

Happiness, Anger, Forgiveness, Bodhisattva Vow, Priest, Vows, Instruction, Ceremony,...
Jul 02 1995
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Vows, Buddha Mind, Hindrances, Monkey Mind, Buddha's Birthday, Six Realms,...
Apr 16 1995
Green Gulch


Serial: SF-00155

Sunday talk

Vows, Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi, Zendo, Impermanence, Ceremony, Concentration,...
Sep 04 1994

Sunday Lecture

Cultivation, Equanimity, Vows, Addiction, Attachment, Happiness, Bodhisattva Vow,...
Aug 01 1993
Green Gulch

Saturday Lecture

Four Noble Truths, Six Realms, Bodhisattva Vow, Instruction, Echo, Mahayana, Chanting...
Jul 31 1993
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Gratitude, Cultivation, Concentration, Mindfulness, practicing generosity, Dragons,...
Nov 29 1992
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Precepts, Bodhisattva Vow, Big Mind, Vows, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Interdependence,...
Jul 12 1992
Green Gulch

Tara Rinpoche's Memorial

Heart Sutra, Bell, Lineage, Bodhisattva Vow, Vows, Happiness, training, Impermanence...
Jun 30 1991
Green Gulch Farm


Mindfulness, Four Foundations, Concentration, Bodhisattva Vow, Zazen, Impermanence,...
Jun 15 1991
City Center

One-Day Sitting

Serial: SF-01078


Precepts, Vows, Nirvana, Buddha Nature, Bodhisattva Vow, Suzuki Roshi, Attachment,...
Mar 09 1991

Practicing without Expectation/Generosity

Serial: SF-03935

Sunday Lecture

Cultivation, Happiness, Precepts, Bodhisattva Vow, Birth-and-Death, Suzuki Roshi,...
Aug 19 1990
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Suzuki Roshi, Cultivation, Daily Life, Letting Go, Vows, Bodhisattva Vow, Delusion,...
Mar 25 1990
Green Gulch

Dzögchen Teachings

Serial: SF-02716

Commercially produced cassette

Bodhisattva Vow, Emptiness, Transmission, Commitment, Vows, Current Events, Lineage,...
Oct 09 1989
San Jose

Lion's Roar

Emptiness, Hindrances, Ego, Bodhisattva Vow, Peace, Commitment, stubbornness,...
Dec 30 1988

Sunday Lecture

Demons, Karma, Mindfulness, Suzuki Roshi, Mill Valley, Buddha Mind, Bodhisattva Vow,...
Aug 14 1988