Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC will offer Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows with Acharya Richard John

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. 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.

For Refuge

Open to anyone who has the sincere aspiration to take the vow and has practiced meditation for a while. Complete a Refuge Vow Class starting on August 26 in preparation for the vow.

For Bodhisatvas

One must have have taken the Refuge Vow at least six months prior to the Bodhisattva Vow and have approval from a senior meditation instructor.  We are also offering the class, Walking the Bodhisattva Path, open to everyone, and especially recommended for those who are considering taking this vow in September.

Sourcebooks for both Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows will be available for purchase at the center.

To take either vow please ask your Meditation Instructor to forward your name and request to James Tripp, Co-Director of Practice and Education at