In the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is one who has made a commitment, a promise to attain complete awakening in order to benefit all sentient beings. While the focus of the Bodhisattva’s path is primarily the benefit of others, our motivation to take the vow and follow the Bodhisattva’s path is always driven at least in part by the recognition of the harm we are doing to ourselves through ill-will, anger, greed, various conflicting emotions, and more. Having recognized how we hurt ourselves, we are naturally inclined to stop.
The prerequisite for taking the vow is to have previously taken the vow of refuge in the three jewels of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
The Bodhisattva Vow is not offered on any regular schedule. Refer to the KCC calendar for the next date.