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Refuge in the Three Jewels (Discovering Buddhism)

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!


Reasons for going for refuge
Valid refuge objects
Qualities of the Three Jewels (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

DB Required Reading, Refuge in the Three Jewels, photocopied booklet
Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (pp. 69-75) photocopied book
Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Pabongkha Rinpoche (pp.394-428)
Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels, FPMT practice booklet
The Awakened One: A Life of the Buddha, by Sherab Chodzin Kohn

Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha and mantra
Analytical meditation on refuge
Lead the group in a meditation

Weekend retreat on the preliminary practice using Shakyamuni Buddha Guru Yoga
Making tsa-tsas of the buddhas
Concentration meditation on the Buddha
Refuge ceremony
Refuge preliminary practice
Afflictions to Perfections Game
Spiritual Friends, ed. Thubten Dhondrup, book
Old Path, White Clouds, by Thich Nhat Hanh
On Buddhism, Robert Thurman DVD (Mystic Fire)


Wednesday, 6 February 2019


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre
535 Old Cleveland Road
Camp Hill, QLD 4152 Australia


+61 7 3398 3310


Eddie Peet

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