Program Details

Refuge Vows

with Noel McLellan
December 2 / 9:00 AM - December 2 / 4:00 PM

The refuge vow marks the decision to commit oneself wholeheartedly to the Buddhist path and to further one's practice and training. It is the formal commitment to being a Buddhist, following the example of the Buddha Shakyamuni, his teachings (the dharma) and joining the community (sangha) of fellow practitioners.
The refuge vow is a significant step on the student's path, and the Sakyong has introduced particular elements to help students in the process of making this lifetime commitment and working with it continually.

Read a talk by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on taking refuge
Read a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on taking refuge

A preparation class will be offered a week prior to the ceremony, on November 25, 1-3pm. Participants having expressed interest will be contacted for further details.
Friends and family are welcome to attend the Ceremony itself, guests should be seated by 2pm, in the Main Shrine Room.
Participants must have been practicing meditation regularly for at least six months and meet with their meditation instructor to discuss the implications of taking such a step. Afterwards the meditation instructor will submit a short written recommendation letter, no later than November 23rd. Recommendations should be sent to being sent to:

 Frédéric Villemure
 Practice and Education
 Halifax Shambhala Centre

Free of charge to the participants. This is only possible due to the generosity of the sangha: if you are inspired to sponsor this event please contact the Shambhala Centre finance officer:

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