Program Details

Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows Class

with Betsy Pond
January 13 / 7:00 PM - January 13 / 9:00 PM

This class will discuss the meaning and process for the Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows.  Highly recommended for those wishing to take the Refuge Vow or Bodhisattva Vow with Acharya Moh Hardin in February.

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, his teachings (the dharma) and joining the community (sangha) of fellow practitioners. 

The Bodhisattva Vow is a commitment to put others before oneself, working wholeheartedly for their benefit. The basis of this vow is connecting to bodhicitta and making the commitment to develop kindness, friendliness, compassion, and genuine insight through the practice of the six paramitas:  generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna.  The Refuge Vow is a pre-requisite to the Bodhisattva Vow.  One should wait six months after the Refuge Vow before taking the Bodhisattva Vow.   

Please consult your meditation instructor if you are considering taking either vow.

While there are many readings on the Vows, and there is no required reading for this class, Pema Chödrön’s book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change is a contemplation on the meaning of commitments or vows in the Shambhala Buddhist Path.  

Please register online. 

Our Generosity Policy

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy.  If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can.  To arrange for this, please contact Jackie Snyder .

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”.  Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price. 


A generous donor has made scholarship assistance available for those with limited financial means.  To apply, please contact Jackie Snyder


If you have program questions, please contact Jackie Snyder,



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