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DISCOVERING BUDDHISM: Refuge in the Three Jewels
Tuesday, 23 November 2021 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Get informed about what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels – the Buddha, his teachings, and the spiritual community. Discover the difference between a worldly refuge and one that can lead us out of cyclic existence. Find out about the lay vows, refuge commitments and essential practices.
There is no requirement that you become a Buddhist, but this course enable you to make an informed decision. There is both the outer and the inner refuge, and understanding the meaning of these can enhance our spiritual practice immeasurably. We will know we have developed a successful practice of refuge when we are no longer distracted from meaningful activity!
UNIT 7: Refuge in the Three Jewels
We have requested Geshe Tsultrim to bestow the Refuge Ceremony at the end of this year, so this unit is the perfect preparation for that – as well as your way to find out if you are ready! We are half way through the 13 units, but you are most welcome to join the course at any time. Come along for a couple of classes and see how the course suits you. More details here.
– Reasons for going for refuge
– Valid refuge objects
– Qualities of the Three Jewels, their ultimate and relative meanings
– Measure of having gone for refuge
– Causal and resultant refuge
– Benefits of having gone for refuge
– Refuge commitments
– What the five lay vows are and the benefits of taking them
– Introduction to refuge preliminary practice