3 vows (Mahayana)

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3 vows (according to Mahayana)

(skt.: uddana; tib.: dom pa) An obligation which one takes to do or not do something. There are three types of vows (tib.: dom pa sum):

  • 1. Pratimoksha vows - Theravada and Mahayana practitioners can take these vows
  • 2. Bodhisattva vows - only Mahayana practitioners can take these vows
  • 3. Tantric vows - only Mahayana practitioners can take these vows