Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
with Dale Asrael
April 28 / 9:00 AM - April 28 / 5:00 PM
With the Bodhisattva vow, we commit our lives and our practice to benefit others. This wish arises from realizing the Supreme Thought, bodhicitta. When we experience the inseparability of others and ourselves, we feel natural compassion and the desire to serve others and society as bodhisattva-warriors.
During the morning session, Acharya Asrael will offer a preparatory talk, to which you may invite family and friends. The vow ceremony will be at 2pm, and only those who have already taken the Bodhisattva vow may witness it.
If you are inspired to take this vow, please register before April 20th and discuss your inspiration with your meditation instructor if you have one. Please prepare by reading the Bodhisattva vow sourcebook, available at the Boulder Shambhala Center. You can either purchase the book or borrow it from our library. Be sure to read the sections titled “Bodhisattva Vow” and “Awakened Being, Awakened Heart.”
Prior to the date, there will be a required group meeting for everyone taking the vow. Here you will formally request to take the vow from Acharya Asrael. If you plan to take the vow and are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Renee Cowan at [email protected]
Prerequisite: You must have already taken the Refuge Vow, at least six months prior. Although not required, we request a recommendation from your meditation instructor, sent to [email protected]
Participants will offer a gift during the ceremony, and there is also a materials fee.