Program Details

Refuge Vow Ceremony


with Moh Hardin
February 3 / 4:00 PM - February 3 / 5:00 PM

Refuge Vow


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.


Taking Refuge is a step common to all Buddhist traditions.  In our tradition, it further signifies taking refuge in our particular Kagyü, Nyingma and Shambhala lineages of teachings and teachers, as represented by an Acharya (senior teacher).


By taking refuge we commit ourselves to freedom. Having exhausted our strategies of distraction, denial, and escapism, we find that learning to experience reality directly through the path of meditation is a life-affirming choice.


"The discipline of choicelessness...is based on a sympathetic attitude toward our situation. To work on ourselves is really only possible when there are no sidetracks, no exits." Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche


Read  what Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche says about taking refuge.


Read  what Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche says about taking refuge.


This vow is open to family and friends of the refugee as well as the Shambhala community.  Please discuss with your Meditation Instructor and notify the event organizer at [email protected]

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