There are two kinds of refuge. The reason we take refuge in the outer forms of enlightenment is so that we may find the buddha within.
Taking refuge in the Buddha, the dharma and the sangha is something more than a ritual, wrote Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Carolyn Rose Gimian reflects on modern-day practitioners’ ambivalent commitment to the three jewels and considers what we might be losing.
The world may seem particularly dangerous and uncertain, but it’s wise to remember that the ways of history—and the dharma’s response—haven’t changed.
Taking refuge is the moment when we say, ‘I’d like to do things differently now.’ At that moment, explains Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the seed of enlightenment is born in us.
“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.”