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Buddha Dharma Students

To truly be a disciple of the Buddha a Buddha Dharma student is one who has at minimum taken Refuge in the Triple Jewel (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) formally in a ceremony or puja offered by a fully ordained Bhikshu or Bhikshuni Dharma Master in good standing with the larger Monastic Sangha of their Dharma lineage and in good standing with their Abbot or Abbess and/or Root Guru

Ideally such a disciple of the Buddha has received at least root of precious human rebirth – the Five Precepts in a lay ordination ceremony (also given by a virtuous Bhikshu or Bhikshu) conferring the Pratimoksha individual liberation vows

During such ceremonies, one often receives a Dharma Name - that is a Refuge Name, a Sangha Name (Monk Name) or a Tantric Name.

A more serious disciple of the Buddha will take the Bodhisattva Vows and then the Tantric Vows (Samaya).

The most serious disciple of the Buddha will also receive the monastic vows (Vinaya) in addition to Bodhisattva Vows and the Tantric Initiations and Samaya. The monastic ordination monk vows (Shramanera Vows, Shramanerika Vows, Bhikshu Vows or Bhikshuni Vows) when combined with the Bodhisattva Precepts and the Tantric Precepts is referred to as the Three Categories of Vows.

buddha_dharma_students.txt · Last modified: 2018/02/26 18:10 (external edit)