Program Details

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony Retreat

with Allyn Lyon
October 5 / 5:00 PM - October 6 / 12:00 PM

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony Retreat

Acharya Allyn Lyon

October 5–6, 2013

Tuition $108 + 1 night


This vow weekend is an opportunity for those who are ready to commit themselves to the Refuge Vow or Bodhisattva Vow in a profound and beautiful retreat environment.

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 being 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 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 – generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna.

Both vows require prerequisites.

For further information and to register, please click one of the following links:

Refuge Vow Retreat

Bodhisattva Vow Retreat

Acharya Allyn Lyon

Acharya Allyn Lyon is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She has served as director of Shambhala Mountain Center and has taught at Vajradhatu Seminary. Allyn has traveled and taught extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico, as well as at Naropa University. She currently serves as resident acharya in both Tepotzlan, Mexico and Los Angeles, California. Allyn is known for the clarity and directness of her teaching and for her irreverent sense of humor.

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