Refuge Vow Ceremony
with Acharya Richard John
The refuge vow is open to anyone who sincerely wants to take it as long as they have practiced and studied for a while and have an understanding of what it means to become a Buddhist. There will be a three night class on the meaning of taking the refuge vow on September 19, 26 and October 3. (Please see Refuge Preparatory Class registration on our website if you wish to register for the class.) The class is not mandatory for taking the refuge vow, but it is highly encouraged for participants to take the class if possible. One may take the class whether they go on to take the refuge vow itself.
If you would like to take the refuge vow, please register below, and plan to arrive at the Seattle Shambhala Center at 5 pm (note: the vow ceremony will not begin until 6:30 but we are asking participants to arrive early). Friends, family and guests are warmly invited to attend the refuge vow ceremony at 6:30 pm. Guests do not need to register and should arrive by 6:15.
Also, a short interview with Acharya John will be required to take the vow which will be scheduled for Thursday and Friday afternoons (Oct. 10 and 11 between 4 and 6 pm). Please contact Heather Crone to set up an interview time. It is customary to offer a voluntary heart gift to the vow preceptor, usually when you have your interview.
Acharya Richard John was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
If you have questions regarding how to register, please contact David Tallent firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the ceremony and to set up an interview, contact Heather Crone email@example.com. Note: Heather will be out of town Oct. 1-9. During that time contact Alison Day firstname.lastname@example.org regarding questions about the actual ceremony and to schedule your interview appointment.
Fee: None, other than voluntary gift to preceptor
Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.