Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

October 1st

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  • $50 Members
  • $50 Non-members
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Planting such a seed as the bodhisattva vow undermines ego and leads to a tremendous expansion of perspective. Such heroism, or bigness of mind, fills all of space completely, utterly, absolutely. Within such a vast perspective, nothing is claustrophobic and nothing is intimidating.   There is only the vast idea of unceasingly helping all sentient beings, as limitless as space, along the path to enlightenment...   - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Following the Rigden Weekend on September 28-30, 2018, Acharya Spiegel will offer the Refuge and Bodhisattva vows on Monday, October 1st.  If you aspire to take the Bodhisattva vow, here is some information which might be useful in preparation.

First, Acharya Spiegel has given a talk for each vow, which will be helpful to listen to in preparation for the weekend, including the Q&A.  Please listen to this talk about the Bodhisattva vow (you may need to download the Soundcloud app):

Bodhisattva: https://soundcloud.com/smcny/2018-01-30-acharya-eric-spiegel-discusses-the-bodhisattva-vow/s-iXUBn

Second, Acharya Spiegel has provided additional instructions.  He asks that you….

… purchase and study the Bodhisattva Vow Sourcebook.

Here's the link from Kalapa Media:

 https://www.kalapamedia.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=BZE290

 …and from Amazon!

 https://www.amazon.com/Bodhisattva-Vow-Sourcebook-Sakyong-Mipham/dp/1550550209/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1533151681&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=refuge+vow+sourcebook

Please continue your practice in the remaining time leading up to the day of the vow ceremony.  This will really help the vow to have genuine meaning. We are taking these vows in order to set something firmly in our mind stream.  On one hand we are all doing the best we can; at the same time if we create the proper ground the seeds will have the best support to take root and be strong.

Lastly, for aspiring bodhisattvas there are a couple of additional points:

  • Note that you may take the Bodhisattva vow after a minimum of six months has passed since taking the Refuge vow. 
  • Please know (or bring) your refuge name in whatever languages you received it or have it in (i.e., English and Tibetan).  
  • If you are not familiar with the gift that is offered during the ceremony, please speak with your meditation instructor so that you understand the significance and come prepared. (Jan or Nora can help you connect with a meditation instructor if you do not have one).

On October 1, the morning session will include practice, interviews and teaching.  Following a lunch break, there will be vow orientation followed first by the bodhisattva vow (a ceremony open only to those who have taken this vow) and then the refuge vow (a ceremony open to all, including guests). The day will conclude with a reception.

The bodhisattva ceremony is open only to those who have previously taken the vow - so you can invite friends in the sangha who have taken the vow. The refuge ceremony will follow the bodhisattva vow ceremony and it will be open to friends and family. There will be a reception following the refuge vow ceremony.