Sunday, April 25
The profound truth of emptiness is the most meaningful knowledge we can learn, because it frees us from suffering permanently. It offers us the supreme protection from pain and suffering. Our own inner experience of this truth is our ultimate refuge. Everyone needs this experience to find permanent happiness and freedom.
“The root of attachment and of all our suffering is self-grasping ignorance, ignorance about the way things actually exist. Without relying upon Buddha’s teachings we cannot recognize this ignorance; and without practicing Buddha’s teachings on emptiness we cannot abandon it… There is no other method to accomplish this aim.”
In this special day course, we will explore the meaning and practice of Buddhist refuge in our own lives, learning to follow the supreme truth of emptiness, by relying upon the "Three Jewels" of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
There will be an opportunity at the end of the course to receive the powerful blessings of refuge by engaging in a Mahayana Refuge Ceremony and together create powerful causes for world peace.
|10:30am-12pm||Teaching 1 - The meaning of Buddhist refuge|
|1:30-3pm||Teaching 2 - Finding refuge in Truth|
|4-5pm||The Refuge Vow Ceremony|
TEACHING 1 - THE MEANING OF BUDDHIST REFUGE, 10:30am-12pm
In this session, we will learn how to build special protection from suffering in our mind through establishing real refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Trina will explain how to establish the foundation for this protection by taking the Mahayana Refuge Vow. In this session we will learn:
- The Buddhist way of life, finding refuge by following Truth
- Why take the Refuge Vow?
- The commitments of the Refuge Vow
TEACHING 2 - FINDING REFUGE IN TRUTH, 1:30-3pm
In the second session, we will explore Buddha’s teaching on ultimate truth, or emptiness, the method through which we can accomplish complete freedom from suffering. We will learn:
- What is emptiness?
- How things really exist
- How to engage in emptiness in our daily life, as part of our refuge practice
THE REFUGE VOW CEREMONY, 4-5pm
A Mahayana Refuge Vow Ceremony will be offered in this session for those who wish to take Refuge Vow and formally become a Buddhist. For those who have already taken Refuge Vow, this is a beautiful opportunity to renew and deepen your vow. This session is free and everyone is welcome.
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