Discovering Buddhism Module 7
Refuge in the Three Jewels
Begins Sept. 22, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Refuge in the Three Jewels is the seventh of fourteen modules being offered in the Discovering Buddhism program. This is a key topic in the Buddhadharma. It is the entrance to the path, the practice that leads to liberation and enlightenment. It is important and a beautiful topic to study, understand and especially to practice.
In this module you will be informed about what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), and the essential practices of refuge. You will find out more about the advantage of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth.
The more we understand that our mind is the key, the more we understand the need to find a perfect refuge, something completely reliable. We want confidence that there is a particular refuge that can protect us from that suffering. On the basis of acknowledging our own suffering we can consider taking refuge refuge in the Buddha and in the Buddha’s teachings and following them.
In other words we seek our own inner refuge, our own basic goodness. The more we have a refuge in the outer Buddha, we take refuge in our basic goodness that exists right now. Our basic goodness and basic wisdom and our basic ability not to harm ourselves or others. We want to practice this in our daily lives.