Entering Buddhism | Buddhist Refuge Ceremony and teachings on the heart of Buddhism

In Person & Online

Saturday June 4, 10am–3pm 
with Resident Teacher, Gen Norden

June 4th is Dharmachakra Day, when we celebrate Buddha’s first teaching in this world. It is also the day our precious Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche was born.

The Refuge Vow marks the moment that someone enters Buddhism by determining to follow the Buddhist path through taking refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

Buddha is the source of all teachings and blessings, Dharma is the inner experience or realization of Buddha’s teachings, and Sangha are the sincere Dharma practitioners who help us along the path by showing a good example, giving teachings, and giving good advice.

By relying upon the Three Jewels we establish an inner refuge of spiritual experience in our heart, which is the foundation for freedom, joy, and protection from suffering, both here and now and for our future lives and the attainments of liberation and enlightenment.

On this special day, in the morning, Gen Norden will give a talk and guided meditation on the meaning of Buddhist faith and practice. This will be followed in the afternoon by a Refuge Ceremony for those who wish to formally become a Buddhist, or to renew their Buddhist refuge.

The Refuge Ceremony consists of beautiful chanted prayers and meditation. Within this Ceremony you will have the opportunity to take the Refuge Vow, by promising throughout your life, to apply effort to receiving Buddha’s blessings, putting Dharma into practice, and receiving help from Sangha - pure spiritual practitioners. You are welcome to bring an offering, such as flowers, fruit or candles to place on the offering table.


Teaching on Buddhist Faith & Practice: 10–11:30am
Lunch Break: 11:30am–1pm
Refuge Ceremony: 1–3pm

This day will also serve as our farewell for the Summer to our Resident Teacher Gen Norden before she leaves for Europe to attend the Kadampa Festivals and annual Intensive Teacher Training Program for the Summer.

About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Norden is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. Gen Norden has been an ordained Buddhist nun since 1994 and has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in the US and the UK for over 25 years. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy the precious dharma of Modern Buddhism with such an experienced practitioner.

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Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia
741 Edgewood Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

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Here is a list of COVID-19 prevention measures currently in place at KMC Georgia:
  • According to the newly updated CDC guidelines, masking indoors is optional but recommended for those who are not vaccinated.
  • We have a UV air purifier running at all times inside the main meditation room. All doors to the main meditation room will remain open during class to encourage air flow.
  • Chairs in the meditation rooms are set up to encourage social distancing. If you don't feel comfortable sitting in the main meditation room, you may sit in the smaller meditation room or in the reception/cafe area, where we have a TV monitor link and audio. If you are in the café area, you may still watch the class through the open glass doors.
  • We offer hand sanitizer to all our guests and volunteers, and sanitize all high touch areas before every class.