Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

October 1st

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  • $50 Members
  • $50 Non-members

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):


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

… purchase the sourcebook for the vow you are intending to take -- these books have talks by a variety of teachers with varying perspectives. Some of the teachers are very traditional in their presentation, and others more contemporary. If you can only read one or two chapters, please read the talks given by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. These chapters are taken from some of the talks he gave at vow ceremonies in the '70s, and they are the most comprehensive view I have seen.

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).

Both vow ceremonies will be on Monday evening, October 1, 2018.  Preceding the ceremonies, you will have a short meeting with the Acharya.  Most likely, this will be scheduled on Monday morning.

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.

Please register on our website by July 31st, 2018.  Gainesville Shambhala will order sourcebooks for both vows based on the number of registrants on that date.  The books will be available for purchase at the center.