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samaya

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:49 am
by omnifriend
hi everyone,
im not really sure what samaya is, i know it has to do with vows, but is it part of the practice for someone whom just wants to chant om mani padme om? thank you.

Re: samaya

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:25 am
by Konchog1
During an empowerment, you receive vows and pledges. Samaya is the Sanskrit word for pledges.

The difference between the two is that vows are things you shouldn't do, whereas pledges are things that you should do.

There are different pledges for different kinds of empowerments, so ask someone at the empowerment.

No empowerment, no pledges.

Re: samaya

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:04 am
by smcj
Best to ask what the pledges are beforehand. You don't want any nasty surprises. Certain Tibetans, before they understood about how much free time we have, used to give initiations where you'd have to do hours of practice daily for a given empowerment. They had lots of free time in the monasteries!

Re: samaya

Posted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:43 am
by maybay
Konchog1 wrote:The difference between the two is that vows are things you shouldn't do, whereas pledges are things that you should do.
The Hinayana vows are concerned with prohibition—rules you shouldn't break. The Mahayana Bodhisattva vow is positively worded. The Vajrayana includes both prohibitions and pledges, but it's the practice commitments that get everyone's attention. They take time out of your day and you have to remember to do them. There's often some preparation involved and they can get quite complicated. Not something to be taken lightly. There're plenty of practices you can do before you decide to commit to one.