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Bodhisattva Vows

with Emily Bower
February 18 / 10:00 AM - February 18 / 11:00 AM

Advanced registration and class participation required.

The Bodhisattva Vow is a further extension of one's personal commitment to be of ongoing benefit to others. Having glimpsed basic goodness, the basic sanity and worthiness with which we are born, we aspire to manifest this fully in our lives and in society at large. It is customary to take the vow a minimum of six months after having taken the refuge ceremony and have an ongoing meditation practice and an established relationship with the local meditation center. Acharya Emily Bower, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage, will be the preceptor for the vow.

Application Review for Aspiring Bodhisattvas:  Required for anyone planning to take the Bodhisattva Vow. Please register in advance to receive readings and information about the application process.The purpose is to discuss your aspiration and to rehearse for the ceremony. Facilitated by Jinpa Heinz.

Interviews with Acharya Bower to enable her to select your Bodhisattva name will be scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15.

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony - Monday, February 18 at 10 a.m. Open to those who have previously taken the Bodhisattva Vow.

The charge is for materials. There is no fee for the Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony.

Acharya Emily Bower started practicing in the Shambhala community in 1987 and has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1991. She served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally. She has studied kyudo with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei and is a lifelong member of the Dorje Kasung. In 1991, she joined the staff of Karme Chöling, where she lived for three years, working on publicity and marketing. She has been a professional editor since 1987 and, in addition to traveling and teaching in the Shambhala mandala, she continues to work as a book editor and publishing consultant.  She lives in Los Angeles.

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