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Location: Shambhala Meditation Center Of New York

Being Buddhist: Exploring the Refuge Vow (Online)

Hosted by Shambhala Online

Saturdays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST
2024: April 6, April 13, April 20
Open to all. No prerequisites required.

This three session course explores the moment in a person’s life when they decide to “be Buddhist”— formally, through the practice of taking a vow. It is open to all who are interested in the Refuge Vow, or anyone who would like to reconnect with their original inspiration for taking this vow.

Session Breakdown:

Session 1—What is the Refuge Vow? 

Session 2—A personal exploration of why one would consider taking the Refuge Vow—or has already taken it 

Session 3—A deeper exploration of the “three jewels” (Buddha, dharma, sangha)—a key aspect of the Refuge Vow

The Refuge Vow has been part of the Buddhist path for centuries. Taking a vow in a formal ceremony is a way to set our intention and to plant a deep seed of aspiration for the unfolding of our spiritual path. 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.

After taking the Refuge Vow and a period of further practice, the Bodhisattva Vow is a further expression of commitment to the Buddhist path and can be explored. 

Taking this vow is a powerful moment on a Buddhist practitioner’s path. Join us and explore if this is the right moment for you—or use this as a powerful opportunity to connect with your original inspiration for this moment on your personal spiritual path.

This course is being offered through Shambhala Online. In order for Shambhala New York to receive a portion of the course price, please select “New York” as your center upon registration and use the course code 2024REFUGE50. Should you run into any issues, please contact us at [email protected].

If you are interested in forming a study group to discuss these teachings with other NYC-based class participants, please reach out to [email protected].  We are happy to put you in touch with others taking the same course.

About the Teacher:
Gaylon Ferguson, Ph.D., has led group meditation retreats since 1976. He taught at Stanford, the University of Washington, and Naropa University, where he was a Core Faculty Member for fifteen years. The author of two books, Natural Wakefulness (on the four foundations of mindfulness) and Natural Bravery (on fear and fearlessness as path to manifesting bravery), his articles have appeared in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and Buddhadharma magazine. He contributed the foreword to the pioneering collection Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom (Shambhala, 2020).

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