Follow-up Events and Resources for Refuge & Vows

Group photo with Ven. Robina Courtin after our Refuge and Vows Ceremony

Group photo with Ven. Robina Courtin after our Refuge and Vows Ceremony

We rejoice from the depth of our hearts for all of the students who took refuge and vows with Ven. Robina Courtin on November 3.  At her request, we are organizing two follow-up events at Jewel Heart Center. It is strongly recommended that the students who took refuge or vows attend these sessions. Students who did not are also welcome to join!

  • For those who took refuge, we are hosting a session on how to practice refuge on Thursday, December 10 from 7 to 9pm. It will be an opportunity to discuss with people who have been practicing refuge for some time and to be guided into the daily practices that Ven. Robina advised, such as water bowl offerings, prostrations, and purification.
  • For those who took bodhisattva vows, Geshe Gelek Chodha (a well-liked and respected teacher from our sister center in North Carolina) will give a teaching about bodhisattva vows on Sunday, January 10 from 2pm to 5pm Please email hidden; JavaScript is required if you are interested in meeting another time in January as a study group to discuss the bodhisattva vows and how to practice them.

“I encourage everyone who’s taken any level of commitments or vows – refuge, lay vows, bodhisattva vows, tantric vows – to attend teachings and discussions. It gives such a boost to our practice. Basically, we have a contract with our lamas, our teachers, and it feels so good to keep out word of honor with them. It opens our hearts for realizations.” – Venerable Robina Courtin

Click here for more information and to register.

For understanding refuge, pratimoksha and bodhisattva vows, here are more resources:

Our next Discovering Buddhism module will be Refuge in the Three Jewels on Wednesdays beginning in January 2016. If you have not already taken this module, we suggest you join as it addresses the Three Jewels and how to practice refuge. Stay tuned for details!

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