Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are known as the Three Jewels. When we go for refuge/protection to the Three Jewels we enter into the Buddhist family. Buddha is the source of all Dharma teachings and blessings, Dharma is the realization of Buddha’s teachings, and Sangha are pure Dharma practitioners who help us with our spiritual practice.
We know from experience that the external everyday things – our jobs, relationships, possessions, status, etc. – cannot give us real security or happiness. All of these things are fleeting. In the end, they vanish completely. By going for refuge to the Three Jewels we establish protection for our mind and heart, thereby experiencing freedom and joy in the present moment and in the future.
In this Retreat, Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Mila will give teachings and guide meditations to deepen your understanding of what it means to Go for Refuge, the benefits of Refuge and how to do this formally in meditation and in your daily life, giving examples of living life the Buddhist way.
We would love to see you.
We will be using the prayer booklet Essence of Good Fortune which is available to borrow from the Meditation room during the Retreat or in our shop to purchase if you wish.
Programme of events:
Saturday 14th May
Session 1: 09h00-10h15
Session 2: 11h15-12h30
Session 3: 14h00-15h15
Session 4: 16h00-17h15
Sunday 15th May
Mahayana Precepts 06h30 – 07h00 (optional ) – No charge
Session 1: 09h00-10h15
Session 2: 11h00-12h15
Precepts lunch for those taking Precepts
Heart Jewel Prayers: 14:00 – 15:00
How to Join in ?
In Person at Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center
Please arrive 15 minutes before the event starts to register and settle in. We have a book shop to browse, water on sale, and it is helpful to bring a pen and notebook if you would like to take notes. There is secure and ample parking.
Zoom Online option (for those who are unable to attend In Person)
Download Zoom (free). When you purchase a ticket, the Zoom url link will be on the ticket that is emailed to you. If you do not receive a ticket after you purchase, please contact email@example.com. You don’t need to sign in to Zoom. You are also invited to ask any questions during the sessions using the Zoom Chat facility.