Taking refuge in the Buddha, dharma, and sangha, says Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, involves taking a leap forward with a deep sense of trust in our own basic nature and the natural wisdom of all phenomena.
Whether buying products on the Internet or Skyping with our students and teachers, we instantly recognize our interdependence, and yet how about when we walk outside our door?
A buddha is someone who sees the way things really are. When we see the way things really are, we see that we are all interdependent.
A buddha is someone who sees the way things really are. When we see the way things really are, we see that we’re all in this together, that we are all interdependent. A great surpassing love arises from that wisdom, and that love leads a buddha to wish that all beings would open to this wisdom and be free of the misery that arises from ignoring the way things are.
Karen Maezen Miller remembers the first time she asked, “What is dharma?”
The question we all face is, what will make our journey genuine dharma and not another spiritual fantasy or creation of ego?
This teaching by Maezumi Roshi on practicing the dharma was first given in Los Angeles in 1994.
“When we take refuge in the Buddha, we mean the qualities of the Buddha that are inherent within us. We are taking refuge in our own intrinsic enlightenment.”