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Refuge [ref-yooj]–noun1. shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm.2. anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape. In the beginning of the Week 3 talk of their ongoing Tricycle Retreat, "Letting Go," Pamela Gayle White and Khedrub Zangmo discuss "Taking Refuge." Taking Refuge, which usually takes place in a lay or monastic ordination ceremony, is how one officially "becomes a Buddhist." What exactly is it that Buddhists take refuge in? The Three Jewels—The Buddha, The Dharma, and the Sangha. Pemela and Khedrub explain, More »
0 comments"At the bottom of great doubt lies great awakening." -Hakuin Ekaku, the great Zen master revered for revitalizing the Rinzai Zen tradition in Japan. The Zuiganji temple in Matsushima is a very important and historically significant temple in the Rinzai tradition of Zen Buddhism. Sadly, Matsushima was one of the areas hit hard by the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. I was very touched to learn this morning that this beautiful temple was opened up as a shelter for survivors of tsunami, and to have been shown these heart warming photographs of compassion in action. via the twitter feeds of @nmlewan and @arustaky (thanks to @regretblues for letting us know) More »
0 commentsBuddhist practice is not about forcing ourselves to be natural. It is about being ourselves. When we take the vows of refuge, we are also pledging to find the refuge that exists within our own lives. This taking of refuge is not some kind of evasion or escape, but is the planting of our "selves" deeply in the nature of what surrounds us. We lodge ourselves in the deep waves and in the shallow pools, in the crests and depressions of our lives. Sometimes, even wreckage can make a temporary resting place. More »