Bodhisattvas, the great beings of Mahayana Buddhism, are those people who vow to gain enlightenment in order to bring about unchanging happiness for all living beings. Many Tibetan Buddhists take these vows as part of the process of initiation. These teachings by Geshe Sonam Rinchen explain this altruistic wish to attain enlightenment and the precepts of training which accompany it. Geshe Sonam Rinchen teaches Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India.
October 10, 2000