Program Details

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony


with Adam Lobel
March 15 / 9:00 AM - March 16 / 5:00 PM

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 and to undertake the view and practice of the mahayana. 


This weekend of preparation, culminating in the Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, is open to all those who have taken the Refuge Vow and who have a genuine desire to work for the benefit of others. The vow ceremony includes offering a gift that represents your intention to let go of fixation and to commit yourself to bodhichitta. Traditionally one offers something which has both some personal and intrinsic value and is difficult to part with. This gift could be monetary but this is not at all necessary.


Program donation: $170-135-90 tiered offering, plus a heart gift to the teacher.


Required reading: The Bodhisattva Vow Source Book, which can be purchased through Shambhala Media.


Other reading: Heart of the Buddha, by Chögyam Trungpa, pp. 108-131


Contact: Susan Spangler or Teresa Brostoff for more information


Out of town participants: You have the option of reserving a room at the Courtyard Pittsburgh Shadyside at a special discounted rate of $159 - $169 per night for this event. Here is a reservation link to book online, or you can make reservations by phone at 1-800-321-2211. This negotiated rate will only be available until March 1, 2014, so please book your room soon. Mention the *Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center* when making the reservation so that you receive the reduced rate.


You can also check our website for directions and more local inns and hotels; please contact Teresa for other hosting needs and hotel discounts.






Tiered Pricing and Generosity Policy


Patron Levelapproximately 25% higher than the Sustaining Level
Help us expand our offerings to the world at large. Your generosity allows us to offer these teachings to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.


Sustaining Level—normal price that keeps us running


Supporting Level—approximately 65% of the Sustaining Level 
Appropriate for students or others experiencing financial hardship.


Generosity Policyalways available if the Supporting Level is too high
If you are unable to meet any of the pricing tiers please give what you can. No one will be turned away.

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