Refuge Vow Ceremony
with Acharya Emily Bower
Acharya Emily Bower will offer members of the Birmingham community an opportunity to take refuge and bodhisattva vows during her visit to Birmingham in April. The ceremonies will be Sunday afternoon, April 28. The Bodhisattva vow ceremony (private) will be at 1:30 PM. (Register here for the Bodhisattva vow.) The Refuge vow ceremony (open to friends, family and community) will be at 3:00 PM. There will be a preliminary meeting for applicants with Acharya Bower on Friday afternoon April 26. A reception for all vowtakers and guests will follow the ceremonies.
The Refuge vow marks the decision to deepen one’s study of Dharma and practice of meditation by becoming a Buddhist. This is an outward expression of a commitment one has already come to feel to the Buddhist approach to wakefulness and openness. In this ceremony one takes refuge in the Buddha as an example, in the Dharma as the path of teachings, and in the Sangha as guide and companion. One makes an offering, takes a vow to turn away from the habits and causes of suffering, and receives a new Buddhist name.
Materials fee for refuge vows is $25. Please register below.
Download and complete the Refuge Vow Application here. A letter of recommendation from a meditation instructor is also required.
Please contact Janet Bronstein [email protected] or 410-1157 with questions.