Program Details

Bodhisattva and Refuge Vows

December 1 / 6:00 PM - December 1 / 9:00 PM


Acharya Richard John will give Refuge Vows and Bodhisattva Vows at the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center in the afternoon of  December 1..

Please note: The Bodhisattva vow will be given first, then the Refuge vow.  You must have taken the Bodhisattva vow in order to attend that ceremony.  Everyone is invited to the Refuge vow and the celebration following.

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 becoming 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 a 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 the Mahayana.

Individuals wishing to take the Refuge Vow or Bodhisattva Vow should meet with their meditation instructor about this decision and study the Refuge Vow Sourcebook or the Bodhisattva Vow Sourcebook (copies of which can be purchased online from Samadhi Cushions


or can be purchased at the Center in the near future.).  Another source for information about the vows is Heart of the Buddha, by Chogyam Trungpa.

If you would like to take one of these Vows, please let me know.  Acharya John will conduct brief interviews with all Vow participants on Wednesday, November 27 and Friday, November 29..  Please also let me know if you would like to meet with a meditation instructor.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.



Warm Regards,


Eric Laufe

Director of Practice and Education

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center



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