Day Courses at AKBC
Refuge Meditation Course
Saturday 6 April
10 – 4pm
We know from experience that the everyday things of this world – our jobs, relationships, possessions, status, etc. – cannot supply us with real security or happiness. All of these things are fleeting. Finally, they vanish altogether. Establishing inner refuge in our mind and heart is the foundation for experiencing freedom and joy here and now, and in the future.
When problems arise we usually seek a remedy in our external world because we are more familiar with external sources and we wish our experience of suffering to stop. Unfortunately remedies we seek although they may provide a temporary respite, fail to give real freedom from problems and suffering. Instead they often increase them. So we need to find help or refuge from within our own mind.
For 2500 years countless people have realized that the only true refuge is Dharma. Dharma is not an external object. It is the deep understanding and wisdom achieved by meditating and practicing Buddha’s teachings. These realizations are our only actual protection and refuge from suffering. When we achieve any of these, they directly protect us from fear, problems, and suffering.
The distinguishing characteristic of all who regard themselves as Buddhist is their conviction that the Three Precious Jewels, Buddha, the source of the teachings, Dharma the teachings and realizations, and Sangha, the community of practitioners, is their ultimate source of refuge.
In this course, Kelsang Kunden will explain the deeply enriching practice of going for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha everyday – the means whereby we enter into Buddhism. The day will include a Refuge Ceremony, for those who wish to receive the special blessings of refuge and to formally become a Buddhist.
10- 11:30 am – Meditation & Teaching
12- 1pm Refuge Vow Ceremony
2:15 – 4pm Meditation and Teaching
Join us after the course for our weekly prayers 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
$35. Free for Centre Members.