Program Details

Bodhisattva Vow


with Richard John
November 15 / 6:00 PM - November 15 / 9:00 PM

In taking the Bodhisattva Vow, one makes a commitment to work towards the enlightenment of all beings.


The prerequisite is having taken the Refuge Vow at least six months prior to the Bodhisattva Vow.


Some preparations are required:


Participants need a letter of approval from their meditation instructor.


They should study the Bodhisattva Vow Sourcebook (which contains suggested readings and can be ordered here, and understand the importance of offering a bodhisattva gift to the lineage. This is something they are literally or symbolically attached to, and it is as necessary for the ceremony as the actual moment of taking the vow. 

Contact Yolanda Lew to express your interest in taking the Bodhisattva Vow. She will send you an application and Meditation Instructor recommendation forms. Then register for the Ceremony by clicking here.

An interview with Acharya John prior to the ceremony is required.  The interview will take approximately 15 minutes.  The following are the opportunities for interviews; please select the date and location that works for you and contact the person listed for that location:

Afternoon of November 2, Silicon Valley Shambhala Center.  Contact: Fern LaRocca
Afternoon of November 7, San Francisco Shambhala Center.  Contact: Kathryn Rile
Afternoon of November 9, Santa Rosa Shambhala Center.  Contact:  Anna Marie Ketelsen
2-4 p.m., November 13 or 14, Berkeley Shambhala Center. Contact: Larissa Canney


The Bodhisattva Vow ceremony will take place on Thursday evening, November 15th beginning at 6:00 pm. Only those who have previously taken the Bodhisattva Vow may attend, although guests may attend the Refuge Vow ceremony and reception which will follow.

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