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 booklet was originally put together by Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, Washington.
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.
The advantages of taking precepts, how they can act as an antidote to low self-esteem which blocks progress on the spiritual path.
How and why we take refuge and an elaboration on the specific and common guidelines after taking refuge.
Topics for discussion regarding taking refuge in the Three Jewels and the five lay precepts.
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.
A compilation of the teachings of Venerable Thubten Chodron on taking refuge in the Three Jewels.