Becoming a Friend to the World
with Refuge & Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
Saturday, May 11
10:00 am - 1 pm
w/Gen Kelsang Lingpur
A special ceremony and teachings with Gen Kelsang Lingpur on going for refuge and taking the Bodhisattva Vows.
Refuge Vow of Becoming a Buddhist
Periodically we offer a Refuge Ceremony where students can formalize their decision to become a Buddhist, which means to make a determination or promise to rely upon Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as our ultimate sources of refuge. To do so means to apply effort to receive Buddha's inspiration and help from our spiritual friends so that we can gain deep experience of Dharma, the pure states of mind that actually protect us from suffering.
Bodhisattva Vow to Attain Enlightenment
A Bodhisattva is someone who is motivated by universal compassion to reach their highest spiritual potential, enlightenment, in order to free all beings from suffering permanently. A Bodhisattva engages in the following practices in their daily life motivated by this wish: generosity, moral discipline, patience, joyful effort, meditation and wisdom.