I Vow to Save Everyone?

When I was ordained as a Buddhist pastor, I took the bodhisattva vow.

When I was ordained as a Buddhist pastor, I took the bodhisattva vow. The vows begin with: Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all. This was daunting. “I vow to save everyone?” I thought. “Everyone?”

I could commit to the other vows: Dharma Gates are endless, I vow to enter them and Enlightenment is impossible, I vow to achieve it. But the vow to save the more than seven billion people on earth seemed over the top. The number rises exponentially if you consider animals “sentient beings,” which I do.

“I vow to save them all?” I asked.

“Start with a small circle, like your family,” the Abbot advised.

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Chaplaincy and Victorian Religious Communities

Buddhist Chaplain Whilst various faith communities engage in chaplaincy services, it is not promoted as part of mission of many Christian churches, and some other faiths appear to take an ad-hoc approach, despite the robusity and prevalence of the school chaplains project.

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