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Is a Theravada Buddhist permitted/able to take a Bodhisattva vow?

The term theravāda means "doctrine" (vāda) of the elders (thera). It generally refers to the teachings found in the Pali Canon, commentaries, and sub-commentaries. Anything laid down as doctrine in ...
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Forgoing Enlightenment

It's a dangerous question, because it invites potential arguments between supporters of particular sects, but I will try to answer in good faith anyway. The goal of Buddhism is attainment of Nirvana. ...
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Is a Mahayana Buddhist *required* to take a Bodhisattva vow?

As per my understanding, formal taking of Bodhisattva vow (with ceremony and all) is not a hard requirement, as long as one eventually internalizes the core message of the vow: that one must surrender ...
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Why does/would a "Bodhisattva" burdens himself and instigate others as well?

Why does/would a "Bodhisattva" burdens himself with the choice of becoming a Buddha (avoiding extinguishing dukkha) and instigate others as well to do so? Many people misunderstand Nirvana as ...
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Why does/would a "Bodhisattva" burdens himself and instigate others as well?

A Bodhisattva 'instigates' others because he wants what is best for others (full enlightenment together with its causes). From this viewpoint, 'abiding nirvana' is thus not what is best for others, ...
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What does the phrase "to armor oneself with vows" mean?

What does the phrase “to armor oneself with vows” mean? I don't recall seeing that exact phrase in the texts that I've read but the analogy of the vows being used as an armor symbolizes the ...
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Is the title of tathagata ever literal?

The term Tathagata is gramatically ambiguous. You can parse it in two main ways. You can parse it as Tatha+gata, "He who has gone thus" which refers to going over to the other shore, which is a title ...
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Is a Mahayana Buddhist *required* to take a Bodhisattva vow?

Cultivating bodhicitta (both ultimate and relative) is absolutely indispensable on the Mahayana path; and one who has vowed to do so is called a bodhisattva. From my understanding, this vow can be ...
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What is the source of these "Lay Bodhisattva Vows"?

Okay I found the answer. It's from the "Sūtra of the Upāsaka Precepts" (Shansheng Jing). It was translated into Chinese in the 5th century. http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra33c.html This sutra ...
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Are there situations where it is wise to remove oneself from parents? My philosophy is to set an example to others though the path of a bodhisattva.

When offers of help are denied, one has done what they can. I'd say a temporary distance is acceptable in this situation. For the adult child of the sick one, maintain the intent to help and the ...
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How do Bodhisattva vow takers avoid stream entry?

I think that Mahayana literature teaches that becoming an Arhat is a temporary rest, for example: Mahayanins are urged to instead take up the path of the bodhisattva and to not fall back to the ...
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Seongcheol's parinirvana gatha

My understanding of this is as follows; Illusion is impure, but a water wave is beyond purity and impurity; May I be reborn in a hell to purify it and save the living beings there.
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The paradox of the Bodhisattva Path (Bodhisattvayāna)

There is no paradox. Rather, it seems there may be some mistaken assumptions behind your question. First, if someone is enlightened that does not mean that they will enlighten all people. For example,...
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The paradox of the Bodhisattva Path (Bodhisattvayāna)

Questions from the OP: "How can Bodhisattvas enlighten others if they themselves are not fully enlightened?" "If they are enlightened, then they would not have been reborn in the first ...
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In what ways have Buddhists responded to the apparent impossibility of saving all sentient beings?

From the Mahayana viewpoint, the mind of enlightenment is the wish to achieve buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings. It is true we also often say "to set them in enlightenment" as well. ...
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How should a bodhisattva respond to evil?

I think you are under a misapprehension about bodhicitta, as something you can either have or not have. It wells up in all beings, because it is a deep part of the nature of minds to recognise other ...
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Vajrasatva Practice as training in ultimate Bodhicitta?

When you say "Vajrasatva purification practice" do you mean an appropriate visualization plus the hundred-syllable mantra followed by a dissolution? If so then the answer is: no, this is not ...
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The paradox of the Bodhisattva Path (Bodhisattvayāna)

Agreed with Barzeli's answer. Bodhisattva chosen to be reborn. "Until the hells are empty (of suffering beings), I will not become a Buddha." (「地獄不空,誓不成佛。」) "Once all sentient beings ...
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The paradox of the Bodhisattva Path (Bodhisattvayāna)

I would like to answer the question that @Doubtful Monk asked, rather than the Update added to it. He asked: “If Sunyata is the ultimate reality, why hasn’t anyone achieved the ability to save others ...
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Forgoing Enlightenment

My question involves someone also resolving on something other than complete destruction of the taints: continued efforts to help others and improve the world. Does such a choice fall under Wrong ...
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In what ways have Buddhists responded to the apparent impossibility of saving all sentient beings?

The short answer? You actually save all the beings in your heart. The hell within. Your demons within of anger, craving, delusion. When they are saved you are left with enlightenment.
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Is the title of tathagata ever literal?

This article is highly relevant http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an06/an06.054.olen.html I don't have time to write a full response, but that article (especially the Notes section) ...
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Which Jatakas illustrate Viriya Paramita

The commentary cites the Maha-Janaka Jataka (539) as the pinnacle of the perfection of effort: So I will ever do my best to fight through ocean to the shore; While strength holds out I still will ...
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What are the differences between the Yogacarin & Brahma Net Sutra Boddhisatva Precepts?

I take it you know the BNS precepts already, so you're asking about the Yogacara tradition. I wonder whether this might be close to what you'e looking for (4 major and 41 minor precepts). The Four ...
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