Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Weekend

with Acharya Fleet Maull

September 14th—September 16th (2018)

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  • $175 Member
  • $175 Non-Member
Room: Main Shrine Room

Within the Buddhist tradition, taking the Refuge and Bodhisattva vows are important moments that mark one’s whole-hearted commitment to the path of Dharma and service to others. This vow weekend is an opportunity for those who are ready to commit themselves to the Refuge Vow or Bodhisattva Vow within the Shambhala Lineage in a profound and beautiful retreat environment.

Refuge and Bodhisattva vows are required for Sacred World Assembly. The vows cannot both be taken on the same weekend.

The Refuge Vow marks the decision to commit oneself wholeheartedly to the Buddhist path and to further one’s practice and training. It is the formal commitment to being a Buddhist, following the example of the Buddha Shakyamuni, his teachings (the dharma), and joining the community (sangha) of fellow practitioners.

"In the Buddhist tradition, 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.” – Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

The Bodhisattva Vow is a further extension of one's personal commitment to be of ongoing benefit to others.

Those interested in the refuge vow should study the "Taking Refuge" chapter in Heart of the Buddha by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Bodhisattva Vow participants should study the chapter on the Bodhisattva Vow, also in Heart of the Buddha.

More information on the program and vow ceremony will be sent to program registrants.

About the Director:

Acharya Fleet Maull, PhD has been a Shambhala practitioner for more than 40 years and was named an Acharya in 2009. He leads Shambhala programs and retreats throughout North America, Europe and Latin America. He is the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute, Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety and the National Prison Hospice Association and co-founder of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and the Upaya Zen Center's Buddhist Chaplaincy Training. Acharya Maull is also a Roshi (Zen master), Dharma Successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman and senior priest and lineage holder in the Soto Zen and Zen Peacemaker lineages. He is the author of Dharma in Hell: the Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and the forthcoming Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become and Unstoppable Force for Good (Sounds True, 2019). Acharya Maull leads meditation retreats, bearing witness retreats, leadership and activist trainings and prison programs around the world.