Samaya Part One

This week’s class is the first on a series of lessons focused on the topic of Samaya (Tantric vows). For a student of Vajrayana the maintenance of Samaya is said to be vital for stabilizing and cultivating what is received in an Empowerment. Khandro La gives an explanation of what is meant by the ultimate supreme vow (supreme Samaya), the naturally ethical nature of the Ground of Being, and the 3 forms of vows commonly outlined in Buddhist literature (the vows of individual liberation, the bodhisattva vow and Samaya).From the perspective of Dzogchen, the vows are based on what we already are (spontaneous and naturally compassionate Buddha Nature), however because we are caught in mind distortions, we need them as a reminder of how to conduct ourselves as Buddhas (serving as guides on how to live now like you already are a Buddha). Of the 14 Samaya vows, Rinpoche begins to explain the first three; how one must not denigrate or disrespect the spiritual masters, the dharma (the teachings), and other practitioners.