The Three Jewels (SSBS)

February 19th—February 20th (2022)

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Saturday & Sunday February 21 & 22, 9AM-5PM MT

    This is a hybrid class with in-person and online options available.

    This weekend explores what means to take refuge in the three jewels and to become a Buddhist. It is open to anyone who is curious and interested in exploring the topic of refuge, but who is not at the point of making a formal commitment. In that sense, it is just another course in the curriculum. However, it is also an essential step for those who are preparing to take refuge.

    The Sakyong regards the refuge vow as a large and meaningful step on the student’s path, and would like students to be well informed and well prepared. For this reason, students who are considering taking refuge should take this weekend ideally some three to four months before the vow ceremony. This will give time for students to contemplate the meaning of the vow.

    Therefore, it is recommended that Centers consider offering refuge vows once a year as a major community celebration rather than scheduling several smaller ceremonies. The teacher of this weekend intensive need not be an Acharya, but should be a highly experienced senior.


    This class is part of the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies series—a complete cycle of teachings to immerse the interested learner in the path of Buddhism. To learn more and register for other SSBS classes, please click on a class below:

    Cycle 1:

    Taming the Mind
    Shamatha: Nine Stages
    Walking the Boddhisattva Path
    Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies

    Cycle 2:

    The Three Jewels
    Bodhisattva Warrior: The Six Paramitas
    Four Foundations of Mindfulness
    Lineage & Devotion

    Cycle 3:

    Karma: Five Skandhas & Twelve Nidanas
    Union of Shamatha-Vipashyana
    Lojong
    Sadhana of Mahamudra

    Cycle 4:

    Life of Buddha & History of Sangha
    Mahayana & Bodhisattva Vow
    Emptiness
    Journey Without Goal