Maitri Program And Vows Ceremonies

Last weekend was incredibly full and uplifting at our Centre.  Acharya Richard John from Halifax led the Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies Program with 34 participants in attendance.  The Program was very experiential, and there was a lot of sharing and lively discussion throughout the weekend.  On Sunday evening, the Acharya conferred Bodhisattva Vows to 14 individuals, and Refuge Vows to five individuals.  Most of those taking their Vows were members of the Ottawa Shambhala Centre, however, there were also participants from Montreal and Bancroft.  The weekend’s events culminated in a splendid reception for Vow recipients, Program participants, some of whom took their vows, as well as friends and family.  It was a wonderful celebration!