A stable refuge comes from understanding the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. By strengthening our refuge we establish a foundation for practicing the Dharma.
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The meaning of taking refuge in the Three Jewels and taking precepts. How to keep and expand one’s refuge.
Reflecting on the distinguishing characteristics of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and the benefits of taking refuge to establish and deepen our refuge.
How to cultivate and deepen refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha by reflecting on their good qualities.
Looking at our present situation and the qualities of the Three Jewels inspires us to take refuge.
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.