Program Details

The Refuge Vow - A Talk and Discussion

with Vegan Aharonian
February 25 / 6:00 PM - February 25 / 9:00 PM

"In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness. Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom." -- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

What does it mean to be a Buddhist? What does it mean to take refuge in the 3 Jewels?

Join teacher Vegan Aharonian for an evening of teaching and discussion about the refuge vow. Bring your questions!

All are invited, particularly those who are contemplating taking the Refuge Vow on 3/29 weekend. This vow is the traditional step of formally becoming a Buddhist by "taking refuge" in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, otherwise known as the 3 Jewels.

If you can't make it right at 6pm please come when you can!

There are two readings, to be done in advance of the class.

This excerpt from The Heat of the Buddha

And this exceprt from The Wisdom of No Escape

If you wish you can find the full readings in The Heart of the Buddha by Chogyam Trungpa. It is the chapter entitled "Taking Refuge". And The Wisdom of no Escape, by Pema Chodron, the chapter entitled "Taking Refuge"

You are also welcome to view this talk by Khandro Rinpoche on the subject:

Vegan Aharonian entered the Shambhala world in 1996. Originally from Armenia (the former Soviet Union), he came to the US as a graduate student at Columbia University in 1991. Vegan has the Russian equivalent of a PhD in geophysics. He has been involved administratively in practice and education at the New York center for several years. In addition to New York, Vegan teaches Shambhala programs in Russia and Ukraine, and is currently mentoring the development of the Shambhala group in Moscow.

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