Program Details

Refuge Vows

with Melissa Moore
February 23 / 10:00 AM - February 24 / 3:00 PM




Refuge Vows

with Acharya Melissa Moore


The Albuquerque Shambhala Center is thrilled to have Acharya Melissa Moore offer Refuge Vows.

Taking Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha (also known as the Precious Three Jewels), is a ceremony where one formally becomes a Buddhist. By taking refuge, we commit ourselves to freedom. Having exhausted our strategies of distraction, denial, and escapism, we find that learning to experience reality directly through the path of meditation is a life-affirming choice.

Taking Refuge Vows is making a formal commitment to follow the path of the Buddha in one's life—becoming a Buddhist.

If you are interested in taking Refuge Vows in February, please read the following details about the process.  We ask that you register by February 16, if you decide to make this commitment.


The following criteria for people who wish to take refuge are guidelines, not strict rules:


One should have been sitting regularly for at least six months.


One would not be an active practitioner of other religion.


One should have an ongoing relationship with a meditation instructor.


One should have taken some classes on the Buddhist path and should understand

the meaning of taking refuge.


One would not take refuge and bodhisattva vows together, but rather wait

six months to a year before taking the bodhisattva vow. The Vidyadhara established

this guideline.


One would be at least fourteen years old. Children should have met with a

meditation instructor, it is important that they not take the vow because it is the

wish of their parents or only to be part of the society.  



 One would understand the weight of the vow as a once in a lifetime decision. 



 Meet with a Meditation Instructor before the weekend of February 17, if possible.  Contact the coordinator if you need assistance with this:


Contemplate readings from The Refuge Vow Sourcebook.  This is available from Shambhala Media and can be ordered online at this link:

This text is shipped from Canada, so it would be best to order it soon!    


  Other readings that are helpful are the chapters on taking Refuge in

 The Heart of the Buddha by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and

 The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron.


 Attend The Buddhist Refuge Vow and the Three Jewels Refuge programs at the Center on Sunday February 17 and Saturday, February 23.  



The Buddhist Refuge Vow

Sunday, February 17, 1:30-3:30 PM

We will explore our decision to take refuge:

Why have you decided to take refuge and what are you committing to?

What do we take refuge in?

 What are the types of change that take place after taking the vow?

The Refuge Vow Ceremony


Three Jewels Refuge Program with Acharya Melissa Moore

Saturday, February 23, 

10am welcome and sitting

12 noon please bring a lunch to eat here

1pm-3pm Meetings with Acharya Melissa Moore



Refuge Vow Ceremony

Sunday, February 24, 10:00-12:00

10am Introduction to Refuge Practice

1130 Refuge Vow Ceremony

1pm Celebration!




We are doing our best to keep costs low. If you are still unable to meet these fees, please let us know and we will help make it happen. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Feb. 17th "The Buddhist Refuge Vow"

please make a donation of appreciation to the Center


February 23 "Three Jewels Refuge Program" w/ Acharya Melissa Moore



February 24 "Refuge Vow Ceremony"

$30 which pays for the Refuge Book you will receive as well as food for the celebration.

It is also customary to offer the teacher (Acharya Melissa Moore) a monetary gift of appreciation at the conclusion of the weekend.



If you have questions, please contact the coordinator:

Karin Williams





Go to Albuquerque's website