The Power of Vows
with Refuge & Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
Saturday, March 16
1 - 4:00pm
w/Gen Kelsang Lingpur
A special ceremony and teachings with Gen Kelsang Lingpur on going for refuge, taking the Bodhisattva Vows and learning about the Pratimoksha vows. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about Buddhist vows, whether you plan to take them or not.
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.
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 trains in the following practices in their daily life motivated by this wish: generosity, moral discipline, patience, joyful effort, meditation and wisdom.
Buddha gives extensive instructions on Pratimoksha moral discipline and the Pratimoksha vows in the Vinaya Sutras.
Learn how these vows are the key to the happiness of future lives.