Program Details

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

with Fleet Maull & Richard Sylvester
January 20 / 1:00 PM - January 20 / 5:30 PM

Refuge and Bodhisattva Classes
and Vows

Refuge Vow Class Tuesday, January 15

Acharya Fleet Maull, 7:30 pm

Bodhisattva Vow Class Thursday, January 17

Shastri Richard Sylvester, 7:30 pm

Refuge and Bodhisttva Vows Sunday, January 2 

Acharya Fleet Maull, Preceptor, 1:00 pm

The taking of Refuge and Bodhisattva vows are steps common to all Buddhist traditions.  They signify taking significant steps in our particular Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala lineages of teachings and teachers.

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 bodhisattva vow is further commitment to put others before oneself and to work wholeheartedly for their benefit.  The basis of this vow is the aspiration to develop friendliness, compassion and genuine insight through the practice of the six paramitas and to undertake the view and practice of mahayana.  (Having taken the refuge vow is a prerequisite for taking the bodhisattva vow.)

Individuals wishing to take either vow should meet with their Meditation Instructor about this decision and study either the Refuge Vow Sourcebook or the Bodhisattva vow sourcebook (both available from Samadhi Cushions

Those preparing for vows could read the appropriate chapter in Chogyam Trungpa’s book “The Heart of the Buddha” -- “Taking Refuge” or “Bodhisattva Vow” (available from Shambhala Publications in either book or ebook form:

MI recommendations should be sent to Channing Gray (

For those planning to take Bodhisattva Vows, please be aware that this vow ceremony includes the offering of a gift.  Traditionally one offers something which has both personal and intrinsic value and is difficult to part with.  The gift could be monetary but is certainly not restricted to that.

It is also customary for all taking vows to make a cash gift to the preceptor who gives the vow, a representative of the Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche.  This is separate from the Bodhisattva gift.  The amount is entirely up to you.

Bodhisattva Vows will be given at 1:00 pm Sunday, January 20th.  All members who have taken the Bodhisattva Vow previously are warmly invited to attend and support our new warrior bodhisattvas.

Refuge Vows will follow at 2:30 pm.  Friends, family and all community members are invited to attend.

A celebration for all participants and friends will follow.


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