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Refuge Vows

with Emily Bower
February 18 / 11:00 AM - February 18 / 12:00 PM

Advanced registration and class participation required.

For those practitioners interested in deepening their commitment to the buddhadharma path, the center offers an opportunity to take the Refuge Vow with Acharya Emily Bower, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage.

The Refuge Vow is the traditional step of formally becoming a Buddhist by taking "refuge" in the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

Vow Preparation Classes on February 9 at 9 a.m.– We will listen to audio recordings of the Acharya Lyon’s talks (from a program here in 2009), look more closely at the Refuge Vow itself, and consider how we integrate the teachings of the Buddha into our life in a meaningful way.  The gathering is open to anyone wishing to know more about what it means to be a Buddhist. Facilitated by Martha Heinz. Required for anyone planning to take the Refuge Vow and open to those interested in finding out more about the vows. Please register in advance to receive reading assignments.

Upon registering, you will receive instructions on the application process and a link to the reading materials.

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

Refuge Vow Ceremony - Monday, February 18 at 11 a.m. Open to the public. Reception to follow.

The charge is for materials. There is no fee for the Refuge 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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