Our Ground of Refuge

& The Path Of The Bodhisattva Warrior

Ringu Tulku


Ringu Tulku

Date & Time Details:

June 2024


Hybrid (online and on-land)

Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $216

Tuition - $108

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Taking the Refuge & Bodhisattva Vows

With Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Online and In-person
We are overjoyed to welcome Ringu Tulku Rinpoche back to Karmê Chöling bringing his unique blend of learning, practice and warmth to our community.

This program is ideal for both seasoned practitioners and newcomers interested in exploring or reconnecting with the foundational concepts of the Buddhist Refuge Vow and Bodhisattva Vow.

Rinpoche will give several talks, guiding participants in deepening their connection to these fundamental principles. He will offer attendees the opportunity to formally take or reaffirm these vows. First-time vow-takers may take the Refuge Vow only OR both vows together during this retreat.

Those wishing to explore the Refuge vow further before making a commitment, are advised to read Ringu Tulku's book Refuge: Finding a Purpose and a Path.

Karmê Chöling will also hold an online information session with vow-takers prior to the event, time TBA.

By discovering, nurturing, and stabilizing our commitment to these promises, we contribute to the greater wellbeing of all.

Taking the Refuge Vow

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche video on Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

The Refuge Vow

Entering the Buddhist Path

The Refuge Vow is when a person formally becomes a Buddhist. It also forms the foundation of our lives as Buddhists. With the Refuge Vow, we take the Buddha as example, the Dharma as guidance and the Sangha as support for our path. Regardless of where, when or from whom we receive the vow, all Buddhists stand together on this common ground.

The Bodhisattva Vow

For the Benefit of All Beings

The Bodhisattva Vow proclaims our commitment to becoming enlightened and manifesting wakefulness in the world, with the motivation that we will better be able to benefit all sentient beings. A bodhisattva commits their life to cultivating these qualities for the highest benefit to both self and others. The path of the Bodhisattva is often referred to in the Shambhala teachings as the path of a ‘Warrior’ - not one who makes war, but rather one who steps into the world with bravery for the sake of helping others.

Please join us for what is sure to be an insightful, lively, and deeply beneficial presentation of the Refuge and Bodhisattva path from a contemporary master who brings much clarity and joy!

Sample Program Schedule

June 8th & June 9th

  • Breakfast: 8:00AM
  • Morning: Teachings: 9:00AM
  • Lunch: 12:30PM
  • Afternoon Teachings: 2:30PM
  • Dinner: 6:30PM

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Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

Generosity Price: $216.00
You're able to help us with this commitment by choosing the "Generosity Price". The money above the basic tuition cost goes into a scholarship fund for those who might not be able to attend a program otherwise.

Tuition: $108.00
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.


Payment Policies:
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.


Ringu Tulku
Ringu Tulku

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, with his extensive experience teaching Western audiences, has keen insight into the twenty-first century practitioner. Teaching in English allows Rinpoche to engage directly—and often humorously—with his audience.

Learn more about Rinpoche or order his book: “Refuge: Finding a Purpose and a Path

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