Refuge Vow

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

March 22nd (2014)

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  • $30 Program Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

This is a vow to take refuge in the three jewels, the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha; a formal commitment to the Buddhist path of practice and study in our lineage.

It is open to anyone who sincerely wants to take the vow, as long as they have studied and practiced for a while and understand what the meaning of the vow.

Participants are encouraged meet with their meditation instructor and have studied the Refuge Vow Sourcebook, which contains suggested readings can be ordered here.

Preparatory Talks on the Meaning of Taking Refuge

Sunday February 23, 2014 at 11 AM at the Berkeley Shambhala Center
—with Shastri Charlene Leung
Sunday March 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Davis Shambhala Center
—with Shastri Manny Medeiros

Vow Interview
Prior to the ceremony, an interview with Acharya Schwartz 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.

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 2-5 p.m. at San Francisco Shambhala Center
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Berkeley Shambhala Center

The Refuge Vow ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 22nd beginning at 4 PM. Participants are asked to arrive at 3:15 PM to settle in and receive instructions for the ceremony. Those taking the vow may bring guests. A reception will follow.

As is traditional, please consider offering a heart gift (amount is up to you) to Acharya Schwartz at the interview or ceremony.

Register with the link below then contact Peggy Kass, peggykass [at] gmail [dot] com, to express your interest in taking the Refuge Vow. She will send you an application and Meditation Instructor recommendation forms.

This is not a San Francisco Shambhala program, so membership discounts do not apply.

Registration closes on Saturday, March 8th.








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