questions on bodhisattva vow
Paul G. Hackett
ph2046 at COLUMBIA.EDU
Wed Dec 17 18:32:48 UTC 2008
If I remember correctly, it is said that there are two types of
vows: actual and aspirational, that is, those that are actually
accomplishable, and others that are merely aspirational. This vow
would fall into the latter category because it is not possible to
actually fulfill it.
I can't remember the exact reference, possibly Tsong-kha-pa's
Lam-rim-chen-mo, but if I find it I'll post it.
At 12:44 PM -0500 12/17/08, Allen W Thrasher wrote:
>The bodhisattva takes a vow not to enter into Nirvana until all
>other sentient beings have done so before him.
>1. Does this mean never?
>2. If so, is it because some beings are permanently disqualified
>3. Or is it that they are literally infinite in number, and so
>though each will eventually enter it, there will always be more?
>(I'm not sure this makes sense logically, but I'm asking what's
>4. Or do new sentient beings somehow get started, replacing the
>ones that have entered into nirvana? (I can't remember any S.Asian
>source that says new sentient beings come into existence, except
>(according to B. L. Atreya somewhere, the YogavAsiSTHa).
>5. Are these or similar questions ever raised at all?
>Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D.
>Senior Reference Librarian
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