In the opening talk of the series, Padmasagara explores the profundity of the Buddha’s statement that spiritual friendship is ‘the whole of the spiritual life’ or, in other words, the whole of the Going for Refuge. He emphasises the “guhya” (secret or hidden) nature of spiritual friendship and demonstrates how its emergence in the world was inseparable from the Buddha’s ineffable Nirvana. Excerpted from the talk The Mystery of Spiritual Friendship,...
Dhammarati explores Going for Refuge and its central emphasis in the Triratna Buddhist Order here, bringing in the story of his own spiritual journey as an example of finding one’s unique response. He also looks to historical sources to identify some of the ways we can deepen our connection practically and experientially.
What is it to look to the ‘Three Jewels’ as a response to our dissatisfaction? Viveka takes a wide-ranging look at one of the most important aspects of Buddhist practice, whose significance is upheld in every tradition. From the talk entitled Going for Refuge given at San Francisco Buddhist Center, 2006.
I don’t need to go away from samsara to be really going for refuge. I can be right in the middle of it.
In 1968, I was 12 years old. I was living with my parents and siblings in suburban Reservoir, Melbourne Australia. I was second eldest (first daughter) of five children. We had moved up to the city from an idyllic country life in Gippsland to have closer access to secondary schools. My early life...
Saddhaloka explores the key aspects of any practitioner’s commitment, Going Forth and Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels, evoking how Sangharakshita engaged with these formative acts as foundations of his own practice in India at the end of the Second World War.
Getting to a refuge is essential to liberation, and it needs to be something beyond our present understanding. Akashadevi describes the process of deepening our going for refuge as well as a common misunderstanding.
Maitrisara explores the vipallasas, the topsy turvy views as a way to explore how our delusions inhibit our efforts in spiritual practice. She begins with an overview of what Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels means and why frameworks to explore delusion (like the topsy turvy views) can help us. She illustrates the topsy turvy views with examples from her own life.
This talk was given on a retreat for women mitras in the MidWest Region, 2019.