There are countless vows that the Ngakpa promises to uphold, but the root of all of them is the samaya they have with their root teacher.
The teacher is the source of all blessings. We receive those blessings when our minds are transformed. That transformation can take many forms, such as feeling more compassionate, more open minded. It can take the form of finding one's purpose or finding meaning in one's life. Ultimately that transformation is our ordinary samsaric mind transforming into the awakened mind of complete enlightenment, our inherent buddhanature.
Transformation can take many forms, but it is always personal. It impacts your mind and your life.
The confirmation that we have received the blessings of the teacher is that our mind and life are transformed by their kindness. We have been impacted, changed.
That transformation engenders a deep gratitude and respect. It is something to honor and to uphold. That heartfelt connection that has been forged is called samaya. It is the basis for all the other commitments that one makes.
Blessings, transformation and samaya. They are all linked between the student and the teacher. The come together as a seed and they ripen as the path, bearing fruit as complete awakening.