Entering the Stream - Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows

with Acharya Eric Spiegel


The Interdependence Project NYC
302 Bowery 3rd Floor, Middle Buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States
Phone: 917-675-7151


Sat, 4/7/2012, 9:30am - Sun, 4/8/2012, 5:00pm




Note: This program now only on Saturday April 7th

The Refuge Vow is the traditional gateway of "becoming a Buddhist" by stating one's intention clearly and publicly, in the presence of a preceptor and witnessed by the sangha of friends and family.  This tradition dates back to the earliest teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha.  The Bodhisattva Vow is the further step of dedicating one's life and attainment of wisdom and compassion specifically to be for benefit all of the beings on this earth who suffer in myriad ways.

Together, these two vows are the stepping stones of entering and aligning one's spiritual aspirations with the Buddhist teachings. 

Saturday is an open program, required for those taking vows but open to others.  Sunday morning will be a close retreat for those taking vows.

Acharya Eric Spiegel lead a discussion on Wednesday March 7th (7pm - 8:30pm), which is now available on the IDP Podcast "Explanation of Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows"

You can also listen to a podcast by Ethan Nichtern "Explanation of Taking Refuge" from 2008.

Given that this is the first time the Bodhisattva Vow has been offered at IDP, we are asking for you to follow the below guidelines if you want to take the vow:

1) You have already taken the Refuge vow, at IDP, Shambhala, or elsewhere

2) You consider either Acharya Spiegel or Shastri Ethan Nichtern to be a Kalyanamitra, a spiritual mentor or teacher helping guide you on your path of practice and study.

3) You understand that this vow reaffirms and deepens a lifelong commitment to the path of awakening, not only for the benefit of yourself, but for others as well.

About Acharya Spiegel

Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching in Shambhala since the mid 1970s.  He has worked extensively with the ill and dying, helping them to realize their wisdom in the face of impermanence, and has had a 22 year career in finance.  In 2003 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed him to the teaching position of Acharya.  He lives in rural upstate New York.  Acharya Spiegel one of the The Interdependence Project's spiritual mentors. 




Sat. April 7

(To Be Confirmed)

9:30am - 3:30pm - Retreat & Practice (for vow takers only, includes lunch)

4pm - Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony (open only to those who are taking or have previously taken this vow)

5pm - Refuge Vow Ceremony (open to all, including family, friends and community)

6pm - Reception (open to all)


Full Program - $85 + Teacher's Gift (Includes cost of Vow Text)

Full Program - IDP Full Member - $60 + Teacher's Gift

Full Program - IDP Sustaining, Endowing, and Visionary Member - $40 + Teacher's Gift

(Learn more about how becoming an IDP member helps us out here.)

Note: The program fees covers the cost of a practice book for each of the vow takers.  The refuge practice was composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and the Bodhisattva practice comes from the Nalanda Translation Group

Can't afford it? It is our full intention to accommodate the financial needs of anyone who has a genuine commitment to practice and study. Reduced Payment Options and Work-Study are always available. Please contact  marisa@theidproject.org to make alternative arrangements or fill out our work-study application. 

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Buddha image courtesy Stillman Brown Photography


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