Preparatory Class: Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow
with Shastri Mark Blumenfeld
This class series is for those considering the Refuge Vow or the Bodhisattva Vow. The vow ceremony will take place here at the Center with visiting senior teacher, Acharya Richard John, on Thursday evening, October 24th.
To take refuge is to commit ourselves to the Buddhist path of awakening. We take refuge in the Buddha as an example, the dharma as truth, and the sangha as a community of fellow practitioners. It is the initial vow of the Buddhist tradition and marks our formal entry onto the path. As taking the Refuge Vow is a significant step in one's path, as well as a public ceremony, friends and family are warmly welcomed to attend.
Having taken the refuge vow and entered onto the path of the dharma, we can expand and deepen our commitment by taking the Bodhisattva Vow. With the Bodhisattva Vow, we dedicate ourselves and all that we do to the benefit of all sentient beings.
Open to anyone who has the sincere aspiration to take the vow and has practiced meditation for a while.
Having taken refuge at least six months prior to the Bodhisattva Vow, and met with a senior meditation instructor.
Sourcebooks for both Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows will be available for purchase at the center.
Read a talk by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on taking refuge
Read a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on taking refuge
More information will be posted soon.
Registration for the course is $25 or pay what you are able. The text for the Refuge Vow is $45. The text for the Bodhisattva Vow is $45.
The Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison encourages program participants to pay what they can afford. People whose financial situation limits their ability to pay may contribute to the extent they are able. No one will be turned away for lack of payment.
Individuals who are not able to pay the full program fee should pre-register for programs online and indicate their request in the "notes" section provided. It is not necessary to provide an explanation. Individuals may also request that the program coordinator contact them personally.