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When we take refuge, we trust our spiritual development to the guidance of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Whether it is done formally in a ceremony or in our hearts throughout the day, taking refuge serves always as the foundational step that points our lives in a positive direction and moves us along the path to discovering our inner, unlimited potential for awakening. This booklet was compiled as a resource to prepare for formally taking refuge and any or all of the five lay precepts. It may also serve as a valuable resource for renewing and deepening our refuge over time.
- Refuge Groups by Venerable Thubten Chodron
- Long Refuge and Precepts Ceremony
- Taking Refuge from the book Open Heart, Clear Mind by Venerable Thubten Chodron
- Refuge by Lama Thubten Yeshe
- Taking Refuge and the Meaning of the Three Jewels by Venerable Thubten Chodron
- Guidelines for the Practice of Refuge from Pearl of Wisdom, Book I, Sravasti Abbey
- Practical Guidelines for Good Living by Venerable Thubten Chodron
- Life Without Sila is Like a Car Without Brakes by Ajahn Amaro
- The Five Wonderful Precepts by Thich Nhat Hanh
- The Healing Power of the Precepts by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
- Five Faultless Gifts and Five Blessings
- Refuge and Precept Discussion Questions
- Online Teaching Resources
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