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7:00pm Refuge Ceremony, and optional Upasaka Vows (Zoom and In-Person)
August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Offered by H.E. Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche
Date: Saturday, August 5
Time: 7:00 pm PT
Suggested Donation: $40 for members, $60 for public
Prerequisite: Must be vegetarian for the day
Taking refuge is the first step on the Buddhist path to enlightenment. Refuge is a ceremony during which a person formally becomes a Buddhist and receives a Dharma name. This differs from the passive refuge one receives at an initiation.
Registration is required – please fill out this form to register for Refuge and the optional Upasaka Vow: https://forms.gle/Ag8FjYqVbg6AN59N8
The Upasaka Vow (optional):
In this specially requested program, Rinpoche will bestow refuge as well as the lay practitioner or “upasaka” vows. In this ceremony, attendees may choose to receive only the refuge vow or both refuge and the upasaka vows.
The commitment for the upasaka vows is to refrain from: 1) taking life, 2) taking that which is not given, 3) sexual misconduct, 4) wrong speech and 5) intoxicating drink and drugs. Although there are temporary vows that lay practitioners sometimes take for special observance days, the form of the upasaka vow being given by Rinpoche is considered a lifetime commitment.
Join us in person:
In-Person COVID Protocol:
1. If you have any symptoms such as nasal congestion, scratchy throat, headache or other cold symptoms, kindly refrain from entering the Monastery.
2. All visitors must be masked with an approved surgical, KF-94, KN-95 or N-95 mask (best protection), covering the mouth and nose at all times, regardless of test results. This is best practice to protect yourself and others. The Sakya Monastery provides these at the main entrance.
3. Full vaccination is not required, however it is highly recommended.
Join us on Zoom (Will be in English and interpreted in Mandarin on Zoom):
Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before Refuge.
It is strongly recommended that those who are interested in the Refuge Ceremony take the following classes:
The Significance of Taking Refuge
Monday, July 24 at 7:30pm PT
Join us on Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86464606872?pwd=NXBjWUxUYWFSNGt5Z1R0aSsvR2lUQT09
Meeting ID: 864 6460 6872
Life After Refuge
Monday, August 14 at 7:30pm PT
Join us on Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82259195169?pwd=YTRpUFJvN0VDelJoSk1tWkU3SGcxUT09
Meeting ID: 822 5919 5169