Refuge Vows and The Three Jewels

with Shastri Deborah Zarate

October 26th—November 9th (2017)

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  • $30 Program Price
  • $40 Patron Price

In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness.  Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom.  By taking the refuge vow we commit ourselves to freedom.”  Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

Taking refuge marks the student’s formal decision to become a Buddhist. This class is open to anyone who is curious and interested in exploring the topic. of taking refuge in each of the Three Jewels:  the Buddha as example, the Dharma as truth and his teachings, and the Sangha as the community of guidance and support. 

The class is specifically recommended for those who may want to take Refuge Vow with Acharya Richard John (the Refuge Vow ceremony will be on Sunday, December 3rd at 6:30pm, immediately following the Bodhisattva Vow ceremony).  The Refuge Vow is open to anyone who has the sincere aspiration to take the vows and has practiced meditation for a while. It is recommended that individuals discuss their intention with a meditation instructor and complete this class.  Individuals who cannot take the class should discuss alternate means of preparation with a meditation instructor. To register for the class, please click below

To register for taking Refuge Vows, please register here

The Refuge Vow Source Book is a complementary guide to this class, with teachings from Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche, and other senior teachers. It is a valuable resource for those preparing to take the vow and will be available for purchase at the class for $25, or you may borrow it from a friend.  If you take the Refuge Vow, you will also need to purchase The Practice of Taking Refuge liturgy.  The cost is $25 for the liturgy and shipping, and you will receive the liturgy at the Refuge Vow ceremony.  You will also need to have a brief interview with Acharya John before the day of the vow ceremony that you will be scheduled for according to your availability.

Questions or Concerns?  Please contact either Dan Kaemmerer or Jessica Bizub. Please put the word “VOWS” in the subject line of your email.

About Acharya Richard John

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Archarya Richard John was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche.  For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the Americas, New Zealand,  Australia, Mexico and Chile.  He has served as Director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre.  He completed the first Three-Year Group Retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches full-time.  Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.