Pujari - Priests
The Brahmajala Priest vows are intended to be universal. They are both rigorous and demanding and they are also ultimately liberating. Because these vows ask much of the person who is receiving them, they must be studied and clarified carefully by those who are called to them. In greater detail, the five vows are:
- Vow of simplicity – A vow of restraint, which means priests are mindful of their actions, consumptions and lifestyle.
- Vow of service – Following the guidance of seniors and teachers, priests vow to give themselves freely.
- Vow of stability – This vow requires that priests have completed major life changes in order to give themselves wholeheartedly to their vows.
- Vow of selflessness – The realization and actualization of one’s life as the life of all beings, rather than a personal entity.
- Vow to aspire to the Buddha way – To act as a model of the manifestation of the moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha, manifesting wisdom and compassion in all actions.