Refuge, A Few Teachings
Gathered Together and Offered by John Wenz for The Buddhist Sangha of Buck’s County, August 1st, 2011
Precious Refuge Points
By His Eminence the 12th Nubpa Rinpoche at New York City, June 11th, 2011
After reviewing the 4 common preliminaries, with practice we develop true renunciation in our minds. Once we have true renunciation, we look for a leader to show us to a path. We look for what is the best way to get refuge. Buddha shows a path, his teachings, and we need a companion, sangha, so we take refuge in the Three Jewels. This starts us on the first of the Three Uncommon Preliminaries.
Many, many years ago, religious faith was not well developed. People were terrified by natural disasters. They normally sought protection from huge trees or mountains. They sought outer protection. Then they sought protection from other human beings, but this was still not ultimate protection. People found these sources of protection were not always reliable. Individuals were trying to find reliable protection. This was available – the Buddha.
Lama Gursam kindly shared teachings on Refuge during our retreat this past April. Our friend John Wenz from Milarepa Meditation will present further teachings throughout the year on the first Monday of the month.
An Introduction to Refuge by John Wenz
June 6, 2011
As His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche says:
“We take refuge in Buddha, our own transcendent awareness, our mindful awareness, and
our compassion. The root of all Buddha’s teachings is Bodhicitta – Love and Compassion. It is all contained
in The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas:
1. Do no harm (do not act in anger about any sentient being, benefit sentient beings, help them in any way you can)
2. Practice virtue
3. Tame your own mind
If from the depths of our hearts develop the motivation: “May I purify my mind for the sake of all sentient beings”, then that mind will attain enlightenment.”
From Garchen Rinpoche, Refuge Teachings on 3-19-2011, You Tube: 20110320 PM 0405