Program Details

Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony


with Noel McLellan
November 16 / 2:00 PM - November 16 / 4:00 PM

If you are taking the vow for the first time, you should take the two classes offered Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.  Register separately for these here: https://halifax.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=404731


All sentient beings are endowed with wisdom and compassion, yet we suffer through confusion about what our true nature is. In the early stages of the path, we work to free ourselves from our confusion and suffering. When we attain some confidence in our practice and realize that all sentient beings are caught in the cycle of suffering, we become inspired to dedicate our lives to helping them. It is at this point that we take the bodhisattva vow and formally undertake the disciplines of a warrior bodhisattva.


The bodhisattva vow is further commitment to put others before oneself and to work wholeheartedly for their benefit. The basis of this vow is the aspiration to develop friendliness, compassion, and genuine insight through the practice of the six paramitas and to undertake the view and practice of the mahayana.


Open to those who have take the Refuge Vow at least 6 months previously.  You will need a recommendation from a meditation instructor who knows you.


You may invite friends and family who have already taken the vow.  You are all warmly invited to stay for the Refuge Vow ceremony which will follow, and the reception after that.


Generosity policy applies, please contact us ahead of time to arrange this.

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