Teachings on refuge followed by optional Mahayana Refuge vow ceremony.
“In Mahayana Buddhism, our way of relying on Buddha is not simply asking Buddha to help us, but striving ourself to become a Buddha to help others.”
~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, New Meditation Handbook
We all have within us the potential to be a completely pure being free from faults and limitations; this is our Buddha nature, the seed of our future enlightenment. However, to cause this seed to ripen we need to gather certain necessary conditions such as receiving the blessings of those who have already accomplished this state, sincerely practising the instructions they taught and receiving help, support and encouragement from other practitioners who show a good example. These three precious Wishfulfilling jewels in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, are the ultimate objects of refuge within Buddhism. Through relying upon these in our daily life we can reach our highest spiritual potential and become a source of refuge for others.
During this special day course we will be introduced to the practice of Buddhist refuge through teachings and meditations. These instructions can be practised by anyone, on many levels, you don’t need to identify yourself as Buddhist to benefit from these teachings or attend the course.
However, there will be an opportunity, in the last session for those who wish, to formally take or renew the Mahayana Refuge Vows in a traditional ceremony and thereby enter Buddhism. By entering and remaining inside Buddhism we have the opportunity to make progress along and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment or Buddhahood. There is no greater meaning than this.