Program Details

Refuge and Bohisattva Vow Ceremony


with Richard John
October 24 / 6:00 PM - October 24 / 9:00 PM

To take refuge is to commit ourselves to the Buddhist path of awakening. We take refuge in the Buddha as an example, the dharma as truth, and the sangha as a community of fellow practitioners. It is the initial vow of the Buddhist tradition and marks our formal entry onto the path. As taking the Refuge Vow is a significant step in one's path, as well as a public ceremony, friends and family are warmly welcomed to attend.

Having taken the refuge vow and entered onto the path of the dharma, we can expand and deepen our commitment by taking the Bodhisattva Vow. With the Bodhisattva Vow, we dedicate ourselves and all that we do to the benefit of all sentient beings.



A monetary gift to the teacher is traditional as an expression of appreciation for being given the vow.


If you are interested in taking either of these vows, please register for the Vow preparation class series.  As the date draws near, we will contact you to schedule a one-on-one interview with Acharya Richard John on Wednesday, October 23rd.  


For Refuge


Open to anyone who has the sincere aspiration to take the vow and has practiced meditation for a while. 


For Bodhisatvas


Having taken refuge at least six months prior to the Bodhisattva Vow, and met with a senior meditation instructor. 


Sourcebooks for both Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows will be available for purchase at the center.



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

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