Looking at our present situation and the qualities of the Three Jewels inspires us to take refuge.
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What faith means in the Buddhist context, and how to contemplate when paying homage to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
The ultimate and conventional Dharma and Sangha Jewels. The Pali and Sanskrit traditions’ view of the Buddha and how each is useful.
Why the Buddha is a reliable source of refuge. The ultimate and conventional Buddha refuge. Explanation of the Buddha kayas or bodies and their qualities.
Reflecting on the possibility of lower rebirth to invigorate practice and deepen refuge. The qualities of the Buddha that make him a reliable and valid guide.
What is means to take refuge, how to create the causes, and why the Three Jewels are the only reliable source of refuge to progress along the path.
A short teaching on what refuge means, why we take refuge and what we’re taking refuge in from a Buddhist perspective.
The ceremony for renewing refuge and the five lay precepts, good to do twice a month as well as on Buddhist holidays.
What to do after taking refuge.
A passage from the Anguttara Nikaya which elucidates going for refuge in the Three Jewels as well as practicing the five precepts.