Refuge Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Charlene Leung

January 1st

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    Room: Meditation Hall

    The Refuge Vow is a traditional vow that has been part of the Buddhist path for centuries. Taking a vow in a formal ceremony is a way to set our intention and to plant a deep seed of aspiration for the unfolding of our spiritual path. In taking the Refuge Vow, we take refuge in the three jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

    In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness… When we take refuge, we commit ourselves to the Buddhist path.
    —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    To submit an application to take the Refuge Vow, please visit this link.

    Recommended Preparation

    • Meet well in advance with your meditation instructor to discuss the process and implications of this important commitment.
    • Teachings on taking refuge will be offered during the winter weekthun on December 30th and 31st. Register for these or any other days of the weekthun here. (Participation in the weekthun is not required to take the Refuge Vow).
    • An online class to prepare for taking the Refuge Vow will be offered by Shastri Charlotte Linde on December 15 from 2-5 PM  Registration can be found on this page.


    Please also consider one or more of these excellent sources for information regarding the view, process and practice of Refuge:

    • The Truth of Suffering and the Way of Liberation by Chögyam Trungpa (widely available and the main text for the retreat)
    • The Heart of the Buddha: Entering the Tibetan Buddhist Path by Chögyam Trungpa (widely available)
    • The Refuge Vow: A Sourcebook, a compilation of commentaries and traditional text excerpts by various teachers (available from Kalapa Media)

    Interview (Required)
    Before taking the Refuge Vow, an interview with Acharya Leung is required. The interviews will be offered during the winter weekthun on December 30th starting at 4:30 PM. Please indicate you availability on the application.

    Online Preparation Class
    Participation in the weekthun is not a requirement for taking the vow. If you cannot attend the weekend, there will be an Online Refuge Vow Preparation Class on December 15th.

    The Refuge Vow Ceremony will take place on January 1, 2019, at 4:30 PM (participants arrive at 4 PM), at Berkeley Shambhala Center, 2288 Fulton St #202, Berkeley, CA 94720, followed by a reception. 

    Friends and family are invited to attend the ceremony and reception.

    If you have any questions, please contact Rebekka at rebekkamartorano [at] gmail [dot] com