Within the Nine Ways of Bön, the Sixth Way is the Way of the Fully Ordained. Or, literally translated, the Way of the Straight and Righteous. This involves accepting the renunciation vows of a monk or nun and living accordingly. A novice receives 25 vows that form the basis of taking the further vows of the fully ordained. For monks, there are 250 vows for full ordination. For nuns, there are 360 vows. According to the words of the enlightened Lord Tönpa Shenrap:
“In front of the abbot, the teacher and the witness, accept the vows with joy, faith and devotion. Abandon the karmic tendencies of the three poisons.”
During Lord Tönpa Shenrap’s time in the human realm, he demonstrated the path of monastic discipline by becoming a monk. At that time, he was known as Tritsuk Gyalwa.
“Don’t hate enemies or turn and go the other way. Don’t be attached to friends and relatives. Don’t cherish wordliness. Body and mind should be single-pointed and at ease. In your outer conduct, don’t act in an agitated manner. In your inner ethics, don’t wander in to laziness.”
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