Refuge Vow Ceremony
with Dan Hessey
February 16 / 6:30 PM - February 16 / 7:30 PM
The Refuge Vow is the traditional step of formally becoming a Buddhist by taking "refuge" in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
Taking Refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha (also known as the Precious Three Jewels), is a ceremony where one formally becomes a Buddhist. 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. Taking the Refuge Vow is making a formal commitment to follow the path of the Buddha in one's life—becoming a Buddhist.
Participant must have a regular sitting practice for at least six months prior to taking vows and be an active member in local center with an ongoing relationship with a meditation instructor.
- Obtain a letter of approval from their meditation instructor (required). Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.
- Study TheRefuge Vow Sourcebook and The Vow, which contains suggested readings and are available at our center for purchase.
- If possible, attend the Three Jewels class Sat. Jan 18th 9am - noon and Sat. Jan. 25th 9am - noon.
- Prior to the ceremony, an interview with Acharya Hessey is required. The interview will take approximately 15 minutes. The following are the opportunities for interviews; please indicate on your application form which of these interviews you would like to select.
Friday, Feb. 14th 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
This ceremony is open to all and will be followed by a celebration!
Particpants, friends, and families should arrive by 6:30 pm on Monday before the vow ceremonies. The refuge ceremony (that is open to everyone) will start at about 6:45pm.
As is traditional, please consider offering a heart gift (amount is up to you) to Acharya Hessey at the interview or ceremony.