Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, was so moved the first time he heard the Buddha preach the Dharma that he made Ten Great Vows right there on the spot:

Ten Vows of Samantrabhadra Bodhisattva
(Recorded in the Avatamsaka Sutra; aka the Garland Sutra)

  1. To venerate, pay homage and respect all Buddhas
  2. To give praise to the infinite number of Buddhas throughout the three times
  3. To make offerings to the Buddhas; the most meaningful offering is to practice the Buddhist teachings so as to benefit oneself and others
  4. To repent and reform all karmic hindrance accumulated from our thoughts, words, or actions, from this life and throughout our past reincarnations
  5. To rejoice in the merits and virtues of others and to cultivate such virtue
  6. To pray that the Dharma Wheel (Buddha’s Teachings) will be turned (passed on)
  7. To petition that the Buddhas remain in the world to benefit more people
  8. To always follow the Buddha’s path (teachings) in order to attain enlightenment
  9. To live harmoniously with and benefit all living beings“I will be a good doctor for the sick and suffering. I will lead those who have lost their way to the right road. I will be a bright light for those in the dark night, and cause the poor and destitute to uncover hidden treasures. I will serve them all equally without difference. The Bodhisattva impartially benefits all living beings in this manner.”4
  10. To share (give back) one’s accumulating merits and virtues with all living beings to help them all attain enlightenment.


The image used in this post is from the amazingly talented Sgt. Lonely