THE SEA OF SUFFERING
A BOAT OF VOWS
July 24th, 1975, in the Jeweled Hall of the Great Heroes at Gold Mountain
Monastery, Sramanera Heng Shun made the following vows before the Buddhas and
Bodhisattvas of the ten directions, the Venerable Abbot of Gold Mountain, and
the virtuous four-fold assembly:
disciple Kuo Hsiang, make the following vows:
I vow to take only one meal a day, and that before noon.
I vow to have for my daily meal only the food that is in
my bowl when I
my first mouthful.
I vow to drink only water after noon until sunrise the following day.
I vow to never lie down but to take my rest in a sitting
I vow not to sleep between 4:00 am and 10:30 p.m.
I vow not to hold money or use others' money for my self except when it is used for transportation.
I vow to thoroughly learn and diligently cultivate according to the teachings of
the Flower Adornment (Avatamsaka) Sutra.
8. I vow at all times to obey and follow the instructions of my teacher, the Venerable
Master Hsuan Hua.
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