The Meaning of Taking Refuge, with Lama Zangmo - a four week course from 15th May
WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
This course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation which focuses especially on the meaning of taking refuge and what it means to be a Buddhist.
Lama Zangmo will explain what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and will introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre. She will also explain some of the fundamental principles in Buddhism.
For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an opportunity to take refuge in a refuge ceremony during the visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in July.
This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.
"Taking refuge in Buddhism does not mean that you have to shut yourself away from society. It is the opposite. It is about learning how you can lead a more useful life and how you can help to create a more positive society. You make a commitment to Buddhism in order to develop your own spiritual path so that you may be better able to help other people. You enter the path for both your own self-development and, at the same time, to learn how to help others. Taking refuge is more like a resolution to learn and deepen your understanding of how things are seen through the principles of Buddhism.
I think taking refuge has great benefit because then you cannot be lazy; you cannot change your ideas all the time, "Today I like everything and everybody", and you go round like a ray of sunshine! The next day you think, "Today I am fed up with everything and everybody and cannot be bothered"! I think the fact that you have taken Refuge guides you and protects you from negative emotions, from feeling negative about experiences. I cannot promise that you will always be able to achieve it - but taking Refuge will channel your energy towards feeling positive, and I think that it will always be useful."
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