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June 20, 1974 (Thursday evening)

201. On How Serious Vows Are

All the Bhikshus at Gold Mountain Monastery have made vows. Some have retreated from and forgotten their vows after two-and-a-half or three days, however. This indicates their lack of resolve to cultivate. It also indicates their wish to return to lay life. If they retreat from their vows, they might as well return to lay life. All of you must clearly recognize your goals. Once you make your vows, you should not change them. If you make a vow knowing that you will follow it for only three days, you are heading for the hells.

(Timely Teachings Ch. 1 Part IV, page 492, following paragraph 2)