dharma81 wrote:Will HHDL be giving the refuge vow during this event before he gives the bodhisattva vow?
It is always included because you can't take an empowerment if you don't have the bodhisattva vow and you can't take the bodhisattva vow if you don't have the refuge vow. However, the refuge vow might not be in a traditional Tibetan way with the hair cutting and the name giving way, but it will be there.
"The direct, hard to understand, subtle field of knowing, the Great Path, is non-conceptual (akalpana), and entirely beyond the grasp of intellectual thought. Divorced from verbal ideation, it is difficult to point out and as difficult to enquire into. It cannot be communicated through words and [therefore] is not within the scope of the neophyte (adikarmika). Nevertheless the path is to be approached through studying scriptures (sutra) of the World-Teacher and following the personal instructions (upadesa) of one's Guru-ji."
Bodhicittabhavana by Acarya Sri Manjusrimitra