This is part 43 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique.
There are two vows that one takes on the Buddhist path: the refuge vow and the bodhisattva vow. At their root, these vows are to work on oneself and to help other beings.
Acharya Judy Lief, puts it this way:
With the refuge vow, you promise to honor and respect the Buddha, to study and to practice the teachings of Buddhism, and to work with the sangha, or community of practitioners. On an inner level, you make a commitment to awakening, to cultivating knowledge, and to connecting with fellow seekers of wisdom and knowledge.
With the bodhisattva vow, you dedicate you life to the welfare of all beings. You make a commitment to develop the wisdom, compassion, and skillful means to be of real benefit to the world.
As fellow human beings, we can look to these teachings as inspiration on our own paths. We can commit to ourselves, to become more enlightened, to seek out those people who will help to teach us and continue to open our minds. We can continue to seek knowledge within and without. We can commit to spreading loving-kindness, compassion and respect to all beings regardless of race, sexual identity, gender identity, religious affiliations and whatever practices people have. We can come from a place of not necessarily understanding the path of another person, but not condemning it either. We can commit to open dialogues with the goal of healing the world, of healing one another. We can recognize that we are all one and that the more we commit to each others well-being the more safe and peaceful we will be.
This slogan asks that we look to our own thoughts and actions and see what you would change if you were truly committed to seeking wisdom within and to helping others. What is your level of commitment and is that shown in your actions?