Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC will offer Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows with Acharya Richard John on Tuesday, September 27.


4buddhasTo 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 15 in preparation for the vow.

For Bodhisatvas

Having taken refuge 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, starting on August 1. It is 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 ask your Meditation Instructor to forward your name and request to Sarah Harris, Head of Practice at  You will be required to register for the the Refuge Vow or Bodhisattva Vow on September 27.  And of course we assume you will stay for the reception!