The Bodhisattva Vow is the heart of transformation in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Through it, we vow to train in Bodhicitta – the Mind of Awakening – so that we can gradually change our self-centered ways to the ways of the bodhisattva. In the ceremony, we vow to “train as the Buddhas of the past have trained” – in the Six Perfect Virtues of generosity, ethics, patience, diligence, meditation and wisdom. Through this, we nurture our innate love and compassion and broaden them to include ourselves and all sentient beings. Lama Kathy will explain the background of the vow in the morning session; the afternoon will begin with the Vow Ceremony itself, followed by a detailed description of how to keep and nurture the bodhisattva vow.
All audiences, but especially those interested in the Bodhisattva Vow and the Buddhist practice of love and compassion. Even those not ready to take the Bodhisattva Vow are welcome to attend and observe the ceremony.
Great information about the Bodhisattva Vow (if you’d like to read about it in advance).
Free for members and $10 for non-members
What to Bring:
Nice to bring an offering for the shrine (flowers) and small offering for the teacher giving the ceremony. White offering scarves will be provided for those who would like to participate in the traditional Tibetan white scarf offering after the Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
10 am to Noon – Instructional Talk about the Bodhisattva Vow
1 pm to 3 pm – Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony followed by talks on Keeping the Bodhisattva Vow