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Different kinds of refuge

Different kinds of refuge

Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Shantideva’s classic text, “Bodhisattvacharyavatara”, often translated as “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds.” Venerable Thubten Chodron also refers to the outline of the commentary by Gyaltsab Dharma Rinchen and the commentary by the Abbot Dragpa Gyaltsen.

  • What worshiping physical representations of the Buddha means
  • The reason for making offerings
  • Verbal praise and physical homage to the Three Jewels
  • Showing respect and gratitude to our Dharma teachers
  • The meaning of the final and the provisional refuge
  • Questions and answers:
    • The reason for mentioning the Guru in the Refuge prayer
    • What to do with offerings after some time?
    • How to take a refuge ceremony?

09 Engaging in the Bodhisattvas Deeds: Different Kinds of Refuge (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.