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9:30am Refuge Ceremony (Zoom event)
September 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am PDT
Held via Zoom (details will be given to those who register)
There is no fee for the Refuge Ceremony, but instructions on making offerings to the Shrine, Lama and attendants will be shared with those who sign up for Refuge.
All participants must register in advance. Please register by Wednesday, September 16. For more information or to sign-up, please email email@example.com.
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. It is strongly recommended that those who are interested in the Refuge Ceremony also take the following classes:
- The Significance of Taking Refuge (Zoom class): Monday, September 14, 2020
- Life after Refuge (Zoom class): Monday, October 5, 2020
His Eminence Khöndung Abhaya Vajra Sakya, the younger son of H.E. Zaya Vajra Sakya and Dagmo Lhanze Youden, was born in Seattle in 1997. At the age of 11, he joined his brother H.E. Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche in India to pursue his education in the Sakya tradition. At the age of 12, he expressed his strong wish to receive monastic ordination. He received his monastic vows from H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche in an ordination ceremony witnessed by H.E. Luding Khenshon Rinpoche, H.E. Khangsar Shabdrung Rinpoche, Ven. Antro Tulku and the Abbot of the Sakya Vajrayana College, Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen, at the Ngor Luding Ladrang in Manduwala, India. He has devotedly studied the Tibetan Buddhist rituals, literature and grammar, and has received teachings from his late grandfather H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang, his paternal granduncle H. H. the Sakya Trichen, H. E. Luding Khenchen, and other high Lamas of the Sakya tradition. On February 18, 2019, the Auspicious occasion of the 15th day of the 1st month on the lunar calendar, 2146 Female Earth Pig. H.E. Khöndung Abhaya Rinpoche took the Holy vows of a ordained Gelong (Bhikkshu) monk. H.E. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche led the auspicious historical event at the Sacred Meditation Garden facing the Bodhgaya Main Stupa. Currently, H.E. Abhaya Rinpoche studies at Dzongsar Institute of Higher Buddhist Philosophy and Research.