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
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.]
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.
Benefits of Membership
Scholar-level membership covers donations for regular classes. Look into becoming a Scholar.
|Date(s):||Thursdays, Feb 5 - Mar 5, 2015|
|Times:||7:00 pm - 8:45 pm|
|Type of event:||Discovering Buddhism|
|Number of sessions:||5|
|Participation:||best to join at beginning of course; drop-ins allowed|
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Registration and Donations for DB7: Refuge in the Three Jewels
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