The three sets of vows (Skt. trisaṃvara; Tib. སྡོམ་གསུམ་, dom sum; Wyl. sdom gsum) are:
In The Mirror Clearly Showing What to Adopt and Abandon—Guidelines for the Monastic Sangha and the Order of Vidyadharas, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche said:
- To abandon entirely all negative intentions and actions of body, speech and mind that might cause harm to others is the essence of the pratimoksha, or vows of individual liberation.
- To practise wholeheartedly all types of virtue that bring benefit to others is the essence of the bodhisattva’s vows.
- At the root of these two is taming one’s own unruly mind by means of mindfulness, vigilance and conscientiousness, and training oneself to recognize the all-encompassing purity of appearance and existence. This is the essence of the vows of secret mantra.
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