Refuge Vow, with Simplicity Retreat

with Acharya Adam Lobel

November 9th—November 11th (2018)

Date details +
  • $200.00 Patron Price
  • $175.00 Program Price
  • Or, pay what you can afford (enter amount when registering online, or pay on site)
Room: WPFC Carriage House
Program Registration is Closed.


Registration is now closed.  Please contact Nick if you would like to be on a waiting list, in case slots open up.

“In the Buddhist tradition, 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.” —Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

The refuge vow is the ancient, traditional ceremony of becoming a Buddhist. It is a turning point in one’s life and is both a proclamation and a celebration.  This Refuge Vow will be integrated into the Simplicity Retreat (see description), with additional hours on Saturday for those considering the vow.

At the end of the first day of the Simplicity Retreat we will remain for study, discussion, and interviews to prepare for the Refuge Vow, to be given by Dr. Adam Lobel. On Sunday, family and friends are invited to the ceremony, which will begin at 4:30 PM, followed by a celebration reception.

If your home center is not Pittsburgh, please have your meditation instructor send a written recommendation to Pittsburgh Practice and Education at [email protected].

*Fee includes Simplicity Retreat weekend.  Our generosity policy applies, so please do not let inability to pay the program price prevent your participation, but pay what you can afford.

Questions? Please contact Nick.

About the teacher:  Dr. Adam Lobel, PhD. Harvard University, is a scholar of philosophy and religion and a longtime meditation practitioner and teacher. His research focuses on meditation practice and pedagogy in the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and modern phenomenology, and he is active in ecological and social justice movements. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons.