Aimed specifically at Dharma groups, the reasons for taking refuge and how to organize and lead a group on the path to taking refuge.
Series: Refuge Resource Book
This series serves 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. Originally put together by Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, Washington. This content may also be downloaded as a PDF book.
An examination of the reason we take refuge, the things we have relied on in the past, and the wisdom of turning to the Three Jewels for refuge.
What taking refuge means, why we go for refuge in the Three Jewels, the qualities of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and how to relate to them.
The importance of sila, or ethical conduct, from a Theravadan perspective.
How and why we take refuge and an elaboration on the specific and common guidelines after taking refuge.
What to do after taking refuge.
The ceremony for renewing refuge and the five lay precepts, good to do twice a month as well as on Buddhist holidays.
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh argues eloquently for the relevance of Buddhist ethics in contemporary life and daily situations.
A fresh perspective on the first Buddhist lay precept – promoting nonviolence and protecting life.
A fresh perspective on the second precept – moving beyond not stealing to cultivating an open, giving heart.