(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
HOW TO LIVE UP TO THE ROLE OF A BODHISATTVA? THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAKING SUCH A VOW AND NOT MAKING SUCH A VOW
Caller: Master Lu, please enlighten us, what are the requirements for someone who wishes to make a vow to live up to the role of a Bodhisattva in this human realm?
Master Jun Hong Lu: When a person makes such a vow, he already has the power of vow and there’s no need to worry about the requirements. The question is not ‘whether I can live up to the role of a Bodhisattva?’ In fact, when we help others, we are already acting as a Bodhisattva. If you stop doing bad things and dedicate yourself to helping others, aren’t you already living up to the role of a Bodhisattva? Right? (Oh, that’s right.) When you are helping other people, you are a Bodhisattva. That is for sure. But when you make such a vow, you really need to be diligent, hard-working, and discipline yourself all the time. For those who don’t make such a vow but constantly emulate Bodhisattva’s behaviour, it’s good for them too. The difference is for those who made the vow, they must fulfil it and practise as a Bodhisattva (I understand now. Thank you for answering my question, Master Lu).< About Making Great Vows