Program Details

Becoming a Shambhala Person: Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

with Eric Spiegel
December 13 / 7:30 PM - December 15 / 5:00 PM

Public Program Friday-Saturday. Sunday morning restricted to those taking vows. Everyone is welcome to attend the Sunday afternoon Refuge Ceremony and reception.


The Shambhala path is taught in stages known as the four dignities, or four types of confidence.  These coincide with the traditional Buddhist stages of Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.  In this weekend we will look at the foundations of the path, and how we can actually evolve beyond our habitual worldview to become the genuine Warrior described in the teachings. 


The culmination of the weekend will be the conferring of Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows for those who are interested and ready to make those commitments. There are prerequisites for the Vows (please inquire by sending email to


Public Schedule (open to all):


Friday, December 13, 7:30 PM Becoming a Shambhala Person Talk One: "Developing a Mind of Kindness".
Saturday, December 14, 9:00 - 5:00 PM Becoming a Shambhala Person Workshop Continues

Sunday, December 15, Mid Afternoon Refuge Ceremony and Reception (guests should plan to arrive by 3:30)


Vows Preparation and Ceremony (restricted to those taking vows)


Sunday, December 15, 9:30 - 5:00

Friday evening and Saturday are open to all.  Sunday morning is a retreat for people taking the vows, which will be conferred on Sunday afternoon (times to be announced).  Everyone including friends and family are welcome to the Refuge Vow Ceremony. 


If you are taking vows, please plan to attend the entire program (Friday through Sunday). If you have any questions or concerns about this requirement, please email


If you can't afford the suggested amount, you're welcome to attend and pay what you can afford.


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