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Taking refuge and the five precepts

A question-and-answer session

Part of a Dharma workshop at the Tai Pei Buddhist Centre in Singapore, November 27-28, 2001.

  • The difference between refuge and Christian baptism
  • Taking the five precepts at the time of refuge

Refuge and precepts: Q&A (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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