Refuge Vow Reminder - 31st Dec 2023 is the cut off date to express an interest in taking Refuge in 2024
Do you wish to take Refuge with Lama Shenpen?
The Refuge vow is made as a formal commitment within the Awakened Heart Sangha and in the coming year will take place at the Hermitage during the weekend of 16-18th August, 2024.
It is expected that vows will be taken in person where practically feasible, and otherwise online.
Ideally you would have developed a sense of familiarity with Discovering the Heart of Buddhism materials, preferably having completed the DHB course by the Vows Weekend.
It may be that you feel ready to take Refuge relatively soon after joining the sangha and you are welcome to get in touch to discuss this. The timing of the vow is a very personal matter.
If you feel drawn to taking Refuge with Lama Shenpen (or are just interested in finding out more) the first step is to read through the Vows Booklet written by Lama Shenpen, outlining what it means to take Refuge within the Awakened Heart. You can buy it here
The next step is to contact Rangdrol to arrange an initial chat - a space to express how you feel about the prospect of making this important vow and to raise any questions you may have, before deciding whether to go forward as an aspirant vow taker.
To prepare for making the Refuge vow commitment within AHS, it is expected that aspirant vow takers will engage with a self-study online vow preparation course, alongside a series of bi-weekly reflective group sessions, commencing in April 2024. (Sessions will be recorded for anyone unable to attend in person)
Please be aware that the cut off date for contacting Rangdrol to express interest in taking Refuge in August 2024 is 31st December 2023