Not only is it difficult to have the opportunity to receive the Bodhisattva vows from a spiritual teacher, it is also difficult to maintain the vows purely. Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa recently conferred the vows to a small group of students at the Mahayana Sutra Tantra Center in Northern Virginia. Rinpoche said when someone asks for your help you need to carefully analyze whether or not it is within your powers to do so. In some cases, you might not be able to due to a lack of means, time, or skill. If you have taken the vows and there’s no reason why you can’t help the person, then you’ll break your Bodhisattva vows. This also applies to you helping your community with social issues such as poverty.
Remember that His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “Apathy is a form of selfishness”.
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