DB7: Refuge in the Three Jewels

Thursdays, Feb 5 - Mar 5, 2015

Refuge means depending on something which can protect us. Three Jewels (Skt. tri-ratna) means Buddha-Dharma-Sangha, i.e., the enlightened one who taught the path to liberation, the teachings and the truths of the ceasing of suffering and the path, and the community of realized beings who can help us cultivate the path.

A special feature of Buddhism is that the aim is for each of us to cultivate our own inner Three Jewels; each of us needs to achieve our own realizations, free ourselves from suffering, and become one of those enlightened beings who can help liberate others.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Reasons for going for refuge & valid refuge objects
  • Introduction to refuge preliminary practice
  • Qualities of the Three Jewels (ultimate and relative)
  • Measure of having gone for refuge & Causal and resultant refuge
  • Benefits of having gone for refuge
  • Taking Refuge & Lay Vows: ceremony and commitments

DB Homework Page

Each module of Discovering Buddhism includes an experiential element in the form of a Saturday practice day or a weekend retreat. [More details to come.]

See more about the whole Discovering Buddhism program at Land of Medicine Buddha, here.

drimay-LOP2014-300px-webAbout the Instructor

Venerable Drimay is the regular Discovering Buddhism teacher at LMB. She has over ten years’ experience teaching these courses at our Silicon Valley center. See more about our instructors.


Drop in on the first class to see if it suits you. Online registration below gives various options for donating to support this program. The Dharma center depends on your contributions to make classes like this possible. However, we don’t want anyone to feel that there is an obstacle if they are unable to donate. All are welcome.


Notice that we’re in the Pine Room for this course, not our usual location.

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Date(s): Thursdays, Feb 5 - Mar 5, 2015
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Drimay
Type of event: Discovering Buddhism
Number of sessions: 5
Level: introductory
Participation: best to join at beginning of course; drop-ins allowed
Location: Pine Room
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