Entering Buddhism

Refuge Vow Ceremony and Retreat

May 6-12

with Gen Kelsang Chokyan

Refuge Day is an opportunity to receive the profound blessings of the Refuge Vows and to begin exploring the richness of the Buddhist way of life. For those who have attended before, it is a chance to receive these blessings again and to renew their commitment to the life they have chosen. All are welcome whether they are taking the vows or not.

Buddhism is the practice of Buddha’s teachings, also known as Dharma, which means “protection.” Suffering is a state of mind, and Buddha’s teachings explain how to overcome states of mind that cause suffering. Through receiving Buddha’s blessings and the help and support of Sangha, our pure spiritual friends, we will have all the support we need to progress in our practice of Dharma. In this way, the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are our real refuge from suffering and problems. Without them, we are exposed to the pain of negative states of mind and daily problems. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these retreat sessions and begin or deepen their practice of refuge.

Vow Ceremony: May 6


10:00 – 11:30 am Teaching & Meditation
11:30 – 01:00 pm Lunch
01:00 – 03:00 pm Refuge Vow Ceremony


$30 for Vow Ceremony ($20 sponsors)

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KMC Tampa Bay
308 E 7th Ave
Tampa FL 33602

Retreat: May 7-12


See our calendar for session times.


Retreat Sessions offered by open donation.


KMC Tampa Bay (formerly Parbawatiya)
201 6th Ave S
Safety Harbor, FL 34695