Program Details

Bodhisattva Vow

with Richard John
October 22 / 6:30 PM - October 22 / 9:00 PM

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.

The Bodhisatva vow is open to anyone who took the refuge vow at least six months ago and has a supportive recommendation from the individual's meditation instructor. We are also offering the class, Walking the Bodhisattva Path, open to everyone, but especially recommended for those who are considering taking this vow in October.  Individuals who cannot take the class should discuss alternate means of preparation with a meditation instructor.

A short (15 minute) interview with Acharya Richard John is required prior to taking the Bodhisattva vow.  Interviews will be held on Friday afternoon, October 18, and Monday, October 21.

A community-wide celebration will be held after the ceremonies but the Bodhisattva Vow ceremony itself is open only to those guests have previously taken the vow.


An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Acharya Richard John was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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