Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony Retreat

Acharya Allyn Lyon

October 5–6, 2013

Tuition $108 + 1 night

This vow weekend is an opportunity for those who are ready to commit themselves to the Refuge Vow or Bodhisattva Vow in a profound and beautiful retreat environment.

The Refuge Vow marks the decision to commit oneself wholeheartedly to the Buddhist path and to further one’s practice and training. It is the formal commitment to being a Buddhist, following the example of the Buddha Shakyamuni, his teachings (the dharma) and joining the community (sangha) of fellow practitioners.

The Bodhisattva Vow is further commitment to put others before oneself and to work wholeheartedly for their benefit. The basis of this vow is the aspiration to develop friendliness, compassion, and genuine insight through the practice of the six paramitas – generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna. If you are interested in taking the Bodhisattva vow, please have taken refuge at least six months prior, and have approval from a senior meditation instructor.

The Refuge Vow and Bodhisattva Vow cannot both be taken on the same weekend.

IMPORTANT: Everyone taking a vow will receive either a Refuge Name or a Bodhisattva Name. These names require an interview. There will not be time during the retreat weekend for these interviews, so Acharya Lyon has scheduled times at local Shambhala Centers to meet with vow takers for their name interviews. Participants need to please register with Shambhala Mountain Center BEFORE receiving an interview.

The times and locations of these interviews are listed below. Please contact the coordinator listed below for the interview you plan to attend.

Saturday September 21, 2-6pm
Boulder Shambhala Center – 1345 Spruce St, Boulder
Contact: Jim Fladmark
Interview coordinator: Les Schafer

Sunday, September 22, 1:30-6pm
Denver Shambhala Meditation Center
2305 S Syracuse Way Denver, CO
Coordinator: John Neumeier

Saturday September 28 (by appointment)
Fort Collins Shambhala Center
126A W Mountain Ave Fort Collins, CO
Coordinator: John Reichhardt

VOW WEEKEND SCHEDULE: The weekend will begin with registration at 9AM on Saturday October 5th, followed by a 10AM orientation and talk. Anyone taking either vow should arrive for registration at 9AM.  The refuge vow ceremony will take place on the afternoon of the 5th. The Bodhisattva Vow ceremony will take place on the morning of the 6th. Those taking the refuge vow will conclude the weekend with lunch at 12:30 on the 6th. Those taking the Bodhisattva vow will conclude the weekend with a practice session ending by 5pm on the 6th.

For further information and to register, please click one of the following links:

Refuge Vow Retreat

Bodhisattva Vow Retreat


Acharya Allyn Lyon

Acharya Allyn Lyon is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She has served as director of Shambhala Mountain Center and has taught at Vajradhatu Seminary. Allyn has traveled and taught extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico, as well as at Naropa University. She currently serves as resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center and in  Los Angeles, California. Allyn is known for the clarity and directness of her teaching and for her irreverent sense of humor.

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