"Samantabhadra, out of great compassion, introduces us to these Ten Great Vows, for the express purpose of teaching us how to cultivate, to tell us to rely on these Ten Great Vows in our cultivation.
Therefore, after you have read this Sutra, you should not think that it concerns only Samantabhadra Bodhisattva and not yourself. This is a mistake. After hearing about these Ten Great Vows, which are methods for cultivation, we too, should make vows like these and cultivate accordingly to them"
-Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
Rev. Heng Sure, the Dean of Translation and Language Studies at Dharma Realm Buddhist University and Adjunct Professor of Buddhist Philosophy in Bond University, Queensland, is presenting a free three-day lecture this March, which will explore the practices & vows of Samantabhadra..
Over three days, from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016, the wider public is invited to attend this insightful series of public lectures, held in the convenient locations of Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus and Learning Centre - CERES Community Environment Park, Brunswick East.
Rev. Heng Sure will discuss the key figure of Samantabhadra, considered one of the four great Bodhisattvas in Chinese Buddhism. He appears in the epilogue of the Lotus Sutra and, according to the Avatamsaka Sutra, made the ten great vows which are the basis of a bodhisattva. The ten vows have become a common practice in East Asian Buddhism:
First of the Ten Great Kings of Vows is "To respect all Buddhas."
Second vow is "To make praises to the Tathagatas."
Third vow is "To practice profoundly the giving of offerings."
Fourth vow is "To repent and reform all karmic hindrance."
Fifth vow is "To rejoice and follow in merit and virtue."
Sixth is "To request that the Dharma Wheel be turned."
Seventh vow is "To request that the Buddhas remain in the world."
Eighth vow is "To always follow the Buddha's teaching."
Ninth vow is "To constantly accord with all living beings."
Tenth vow is "To transfer all merit and virtue universally."
Come and learn how you can embrace each of these ten vows and practices in your daily life!
Please note the lectures are consecutive sessions:
Places are strictly limited and early bookings are advised. To reserve your seat, please click here and complete the online form.
For more information on this upcoming public lecture series, please visit the Melbourne Dharma Realm (MDR) website.