Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche will conduct the refuge ceremony, for individuals wishing to take the refuge vow. Those who take refuge during this ceremony make a formal acknowledgement of and commitment to the Three Jewels: the Buddha as the teacher, the dharma as the path, and the sangha as the community that those taking refuge join in following the Buddha's teachings. If you would like to take refuge or would like more information, please email

"In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness. Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom. By taking the refuge vow we commit ourselves to freedom. ... Becoming a refugee is acknowledging that we are groundless, and it is acknowledging that there is really no need for home, or ground. Taking refuge is an expression of freedom, because as refugees we are no longer bounded by the need for security. We are suspended in a no-man's land in which the only thing to do is to relate with the teachings and with ourselves."

- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, The Heart of the Buddha

Refuge Vow Ceremony
The Gampopa Center of Annapolis (map)
Saturday, May 19, 2018
1 PM to 2:30 PM

Refuge Vow Ceremony

A formal commitment to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.