Annual refuge ceremony and commonly asked questions. How to take refuge in the three jewels dharma drum mountain. A book containing an order of ceremonies for use by buddhists at gatherings 9781432569372. In the buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion. A sourcebook is a compilation of commentaries and traditional text excerpts on the buddhist refuge vow by various teachers including chogyam trungpa, sakyong mipham, tsoknyi rinpoche and thrangu rinpoche, among others. Mahayana refuge ceremony and bodhisattva vow ceremony. The japanese chinese version means something only slightly different. Ceremony to become a buddhist myosenji buddhist temple. Twice a year we offer refuge vows at dharma refuge. Buddhist ceremonies increase or decrease font size for easier reading. Thich chan tinh came to cu linh pagoda, thanh lieu hamlet, tan hung commune, hai duong city to take refuge for about 700 youngsters in the 4th summer retreat, which was held in the morning of june 6th 2014 lunar may. Taking refuge is the process that officially makes one a buddhist. Buddhist wedding ceremony is a cultural form and also a\r\nbright feature in the development of buddhism. Blue lotus buddhist temple precepts ceremony guidelines.
Yes, taking refuge is a first step that it is reinforced daily as a reminder. Refuge and bodhisattva vows with namchak khenpo at the garden. Refuge and bodhisattva vows northern california shambhala. Here is a brief summary of refuge and the vows that a practicing buddhist can take in their quest for enlightenment. The refuge vow marks the moment that one determines to follow the buddhist path by taking refuge in the three jewels of the buddha, the dharma, and the sangha. On may 21, 2008, at karma triyana dharmachakra in woodstock, ny while on his first visit to the west, hh karmapa said that there are two aspects to taking refuge. Many of you will join us to renew your vow and offer your love and presence to those for whom this ceremony is a first. Mar 05, 2012 all sadhanas begin with the refuge vows. In nichiren shoshu, those determined to start their faith and practice of true buddhism receive this ceremony from a nichiren shoshu priest. Fajie fuojiao zonghui, formerly known as the sinoamerican buddhist association is an international, nonprofit buddhist organization founded by the venerable master hsuan hua in 1959 to bring the orthodox teachings of the buddha to the entire world. I take refuge in the buddha, wishing for all sentient beings to understand the great way and make the greatest vow. Gojukai literallys means the ceremony to receive the precept. Anyone can readily take refuge in the 3 jewels, but to take the vows of refuge, is a more serious undertaking.
I take refuge in the dharma, wishing for all sentient beings to deeply delve into the sutra pitaka, gaining an ocean of knowledge. Jul 01, 2017 the buddhist refuge and bodhisattva vows july 1 9am12pm. The refuge vow marks the decision to commit oneself wholeheartedly to the buddhist path and to further ones practice and training. How to become a buddhist by taking refuge by chogyam trungpa.
Taking formal refuge at a bodhisattva vow ceremony or at a tantric initiation, whether at a full empowerment dbang, wang or a subsequent permission ceremony rjessnang, jenang, is equivalent to doing so in a separate ritual with a spiritual teacher. Triple gems 3 refuges i take refuge in the eternal buddha, wishing all sentient beings to understand the great doctrine and make the superlative resolve. Making vowsthe importance of generating the bodhisattva vows to save all sentient beings. As more information is made available, it will published here. Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom. Gratitude ceremony on medicine buddha sutra during sangha summer retreat.
Grand master wei chueh, the founding patriarch of chung tai chan monastery, in his compassionate vow to liberate all sentient beings, established the harmonious sangha assembly. A practitioner requests the refuge ceremony from a qualified teacher. Making vows the importance of generating the bodhisattva vows to save all sentient beings. The bodhisattva vow nowadays is generally some version of the following. He propagated the buddha dharma to stabilize and purify the mind of all people. Ceremony of taking refuge at cu linh pagoda update. Entering the buddhist path refuge and bodhisattva vows from. There is an acharya coming to my town to give refuge vows in about. How to become a buddhist by taking refuge by chogyam. The dharma realm buddhist association shortened to drba, chinese. I take refuge in the dharma, wishing all sentient beings to penetrate the lotus sutra with wisdom as unfathomable as the ocean. Inner preliminariesthe chariot of liberation of our 37 stages of. The one mandatory vow, always implicit in taking refuge, is not wanting to harm other sentient beings.
Going for refuge gives a continuous perspective on life by referring to ones conduct and understanding of the qualities of the buddha wisdom, dhamma truth and sangha virtue. This ceremony is open to all who wish to participate. A jewish buddhist refuge vow shambhala meditation center of. Generally, it is the ceremony for conversion to buddhism. Oct, 2014 no matter what tone youre going for, we have an array of verses for every type of ceremony. These simple words confirmed his commitment as a buddhist. Traditionally buddhists express this aspiration by going for refuge to the buddha, his dharma teaching and the sangha spiritual community or the three jewels, as they are called. Publishers of books on buddhism and meditation tharpa publications. In addition to his best selling books on the buddhist teachings, including cutting through spiritual materialism. The first step a practitioner of buddhism will take towards committing themselves to the buddha and his teachings, is to take refuge in the triple gem. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weakness. Conversion into buddhism from a zen buddhist perspective, initially requires the initiate to take refuge into the triple jewels in a formal ceremony headed by a religious leader.
A respected translator and author of over fifty books, sangharakshita began studying buddhism at the age of 16. But with passover this week, ive come down with a serious case of cold feet and am thinking about putting it off, or maybe not doing it, period. Taking the refuge vow is making a commitment to the path of practicing dharma. In this talk gen demo will explain the deeply enriching practice of going for refuge to buddha, dharma and sangha, the means whereby we enter into buddhist practice. The event will conclude with a refuge vow ceremony, for those who wish to receive special blessings of refuge and to formally become buddhist. Mar 26, 20 for the past few months, ive been planning on taking my buddhist refuge vow this weekend at the shambhala meditation center of new york. It is a very powerful and meaningful introduction and, when read in conjunction with the new meditation handbook and introduction to buddhism, makes you feel that you know what buddhism is and want to do more about it. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. However innumerable sentient beings are, i vow to save them. There are many books that describe the refuge vow and also many lamas. Can one become a buddhist by taking the refuge and precept. One of shakyamuni buddhas earliest lay disciples, yashas father, only had to proclaim before the buddha.
Hilarious, tearjerking, and realistic wedding vow ideas. Come under the umbrella of buddhismbuddhist refuge day retreat with refuge vows ceremonysaturday april 1,9. At the time of the buddha, practitioners were of keen spiritual capacity, so that there was no need for a formal ritual of taking refuge in the three jewels. Buddhist meditation is the practice of meditation in buddhism. Teaching on faith with refuge vow ceremony tibetan buddhist. This gives a complete perspective on buddhism and the main principles, from a tibetan tradition. The first step in practicing buddhism is taking refuge in the three jewels the buddha, his. The refuge vow and bodhisattva vow are traditional vows that have been part of the buddhist path for centuries. Many sects use this version, which includes the bride and groom exchanging vows, the signing of a register, the issue of a marriage certificate and sometimes an exchange of rings.
Litto0obuddhism is unique among religions in that it knows no ceremonies comparable to those in other religions. Taking refuge and reciting the vows are not simply recited once like a form of buddhist baptism. On the question of vows, the lord buddha did not impose vows as rules. A teaching on entering the buddhist path 9781934608425. A prayer booklet for taking part in two ceremonies. I go for refuge to the buddha and resolve that with all beings, i will realize the great way and develop a heart of enlightenment. I go for refuge to the dharma the teachings of the buddha and resolve that with all beings i will penetrate the teachings and uncover wisdom as vast as the ocean. If we decide to go for refuge in the three jewels, we should also commit ourselves to the path we choose by keeping vows. We become buddhists through participating in the ceremony of refuge. Going for refuge and karuna 7 weeks of enlightenment with translation in hindi by subhuti 2009 the second element to the talk is the importance of the buddhas compassion in teaching the dhamma. Actions for training from taking refuge study buddhism. Taking the five precepts online buddhist society of.
After 20 years studying in india he returned to england and set up the friends of the western buddhist order which has over 65 centres worldwide, including the usa. The wedding ceremony explained below is the service developed by the international buddhist institute of hawaii. Pali texts employ the brahmanical motif of a group of three refuges, as found in rig veda 9. During the mahayana refuge ceremony we formally go for refuge to the three jewels.
Books on buddhist principles help for livingbuddhist thoughts. Ceremonies and rituals, elaborate and tiresome in performance, have no room in buddhism. Ive been very interested n buddhism for quite sometime and over the past 2 years, i have read many books on the topic, practiced meditation, and have attended classes at my local shambahala center and attended a meditation retreat. Refuge ceremony dharma refuge dharma refuge, buddhist. Buddhism is a teaching emphasizing personal responsibility to develop inner good qualities of love, compassion, patience, understanding, respect for others right to be happy, loyalty, truthfulness, and moral commitment to look at your partner through the eyes of love and kindness. In the buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness. Rinpoche will be celebrating the end of 2018 with the community of the tibetan buddhist rime institute by bestowing the refuge vows and generating the aspiration of bodhicitta. Entering the buddhist path refuge and bodhisattva vows. Following this class khen rinpoche will offer the vows for those who wish to take them. By taking the refuge vow we commit ourselves to freedom. It is the formal commitment to being a buddhist, following the example of the buddha shakyamuni, his teachings the dharma and joining the community sangha of fellow practitioners.
Vows from the mahayana buddhism tradition buddhas world. Taking refuge becoming a buddhist by taking refuge in the three. By entering and remaining inside buddhism we have the opportunity to begin, make progress on and complete the buddhist path to liberation and enlightenment. I now take refuge in the buddha, the dharma, and the sangha. Going for refuge and taking the precepts define a person as a practising buddhist. Buddhist refuge day retreat with refuge vow ceremony meetup. Beliefs and practicesin the west religion is often defined by what one believes, but many other religions are more easily defined by either community or what one does, aka practices and rituals. Outer preliminariesthe chariot of liberation and seminar 3. Cutting a lock of hair and receiving a dharma name are not essential components of the. Taking a vow in a formal ceremony is a way to set our intention and to plant a deep seed of aspiration for the unfolding of our spiritual path.
This morning class will cover the meaning of taking refuge in the buddha, dharma and sangha and the bodhisattva vows to formally become a buddhist. However inexhaustible the defilements are, i vow to extinguish them. The fundamental aim of buddhism is enlightenment for the sake of all beings. The talk will then be followed by the refuge vow ceremony for those who wish to formally become a buddhist. In order to become a buddhist formally, you have to take refuge.1333 549 1466 610 163 1163 52 1111 855 1218 208 1262 673 1109 423 1087 956 1472 1526 238 640 181 291 1407 529 1243 586 920 413 1398 444 1283 1109 1403 1036 649 488 936 679 975 47 1455 944 548 1401 396 1287 765 1375