Buddhist Refuge – Workshop & Vow Ceremony
April 1st 9:30am – 2:30pm with Resident Teacher, Gen ChondenClick Here to Register
In this workshop Gen Demo will explain the deeply enriching practice of going for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the means whereby we enter into Buddhist practice. The day will include a Refuge Ceremony, for those who wish to receive special blessings of refuge and to formally become Buddhist.
Price: $25 ($15 for Temple Supporters)
It is customary to bring an offering for the vow ceremony.
9:30am – 10:45am: Teaching & Meditation
11:15am – 12:30pm: Teaching & Meditation
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Refuge Vow Ceremony
There will be a Friday Night Lecture on March 31st that will be a great introduction to this workshop.
Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are known as the Three Jewels. When we go for refuge to the Three Jewels we enter into the Buddhist family.
Buddha is the source of all teachings and blessings, Dharma is the realization of Buddha’s teachings, and Sangha is the pure Dharma practitioners who help us with our spiritual practice.
Dharma is like medicine that prevents the sufferings of the three lower realms, Buddha is the doctor who gives us this medicine, and the Sangha are the nurses who assist us.
At present we are human and free from lower rebirth, but this is only a temporary and not a permanent liberation from lower rebirth. Until we gain a deep realization of refuge, we shall have to take lower rebirth again and again in countless future lives. We attain permanent liberation from lower rebirth by sincerely relying upon the Three Jewels.
Understanding this, we go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
More information on this practice, including a simple meditation, can be found in The New Meditation Handbook.