Refuge Vow (Class and Ceremony)

with Acharya Susan Chapman, Shastri Joachim Sehrbrock, Shastri Mariel Gomez

June 10th—June 16th (2018)

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  • ($44.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
Room: offsite

Within the Buddhist tradition, taking the Refuge Vow is an important moment that marks one’s wholehearted commitment to practice and training of the teachings on Basic Goodness. 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 on the path towards liberation, awakening Basic Goodness and intrinsic health. According to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, taking refuge is about how we live our lives on a day-to-day basis in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha. 

We are offering the class and vow especially to those interested in the Way of the Moon and the Bodhisattva vow, but have not yet taken the Refuge vow.

Program Structure:

  • Class: Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 4pm: There will be an afternoon practice and study class on the meaning of the vow as a prerequisite for the ceremony. 
  • Ceremony: Saturday, June 16 from 10-11am and 3-5pm: The vow ceremony is a celebratory occasion, during which students take the refuge vow and receive a name. Please note there is a break from 11 to 3pm. Due to limited space, it may not be possible to invite family members and guests to the ceremony. 


  • The program is free of charge except a $44 materials fee
  • It is traditional to offer preceptors and teachers a "heart gift" as a token of appreciation for their teaching

Prerequisites: Anyone who sincerely wants to become a Buddhist and has some experience with both meditation practice and Dharma study is welcome to take refuge. This program is open to the public. 

Preparation: If you are interested in reading more about the vow click here to read a Shambhala Sun article based on writings by Shambhala founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 

Location: Both the class and ceremony will be held at the home of sangha members at 709 Keefer Street in Vancouver. 

Registration: Registration deadline is May 30th. To register, please click on the registration button on the bottom of this page. 


About Acharya Susan Chapman

Acharya Susan Chapman has been a student of Shambhala since 1974. She has an MA in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University, worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, and is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She has one grown child. With her husband Jerry she founded the Juneau Shambhala Center and later completed Gampo Abbey’s three year retreat, where she went on to serve as druppon “retreat leader” for six more years.

After moving back to Vancouver, Susan started a business which offers workshops and training in mindful communication, and is on the faculty of Karuna Training, teaching twice yearly in Europe. She was empowered as a Shastri in 2010. In April she published her book, The five Keys to Mindful COmmunication. The Sakyong gave her the acharya name Jinlap Wangmo “Blessing Lady.”