Refuge & Lay Pratimoksha Vows Ceremony

Date(s) - 04/02/2022
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Rime Buddhist Center - Sangha House


Taking refuge in the three jewels is a strict prerequisite for any kind of relationship with the Buddhist teachings. The objects of refuge are the: Buddha, Dharma & Sangha (also known as the precious triple gem) grant protection to the spiritual seeker. The refuge ceremony is when one “officially” becomes Buddhist. The act of taking refuge is a declaration of one’s intention to follow the Buddhist path.

The lay vows consist of taking the five lay vows which are: 1) not to kill, 2) not to steal, 3) not to lie, 4) not to commit sexual misconduct, and 5) not to take any intoxicants.

The format will consist of two teachings sessions each preceded by 15 minute meditation sessions, and ending with the refuge ceremony and pratimoksha ceremony. As part of the refuge ceremony one is also given a new refuge name. Participants can take refuge only or refuge and pratimoksha vows sequentially.

InstructorLama Matthew Palden Gocha
Dates & Times: One Session; Saturday, April 2nd, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Class Fee: No fees, but dana (donation) to the teacher suggested.
PrerequisitePreparing for the Refuge Vows