Precepts Ceremony

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Upcoming Precepts & Going for Refuge Ceremony” subhead=”Committing to the Path
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Our natural state is empty, open, aware, vast, cognizant luminosity, spontaneous freedom, stable calm, active compassion and contended joy.

As we unfold this natural state in our lives we need to guard ourselves from our unskillful habits, patterns and tendencies.

To help us do that we first need a safe place to go to to heal and develop ourselves and we find that sanctuary in the Triple Gems of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Secondly we need guiding principles to help us deal with our powerful habit energy and the precepts shine brightly for us helping us from stumbling.

Going for refuge and taking the precepts are an active and conscious act – a choice by us where we consciously make the decision to start to really show up in the world as a blessing and minimize the ways we burden others and the world.

We need Safety in the form of Going for Refuge and we need Sila in the form of the Five Precepts.

In this topsy turvy world we need something stable to rely on. We need something that we can point to and say,”That over there, that’s safe.” We need a safe harbour. And we need to realize that we need it.

In Buddhism that safe place is the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

The Buddha: was a human that showed us our true potential
The Dharma: are the teachings shared by the Buddha and realized teachers that help us guide us to awakening
The Sangha: helpful friends that support us on the way

We also need help to come back home to our awakened mind, we need help and guidance on how to live noble, upright, virtuous and awakened lives.

The precepts help us along the way toward our goal of full complete awakening for the benefit of all beings. They help us to stop creating suffering in our lives and generating Karma that will hinder us in our progress. They free us from remorse and help us sleep easy at night which then helps our turbulent minds begin to stop raging because we know that we are doing our best to live an awakened life.

The Essence of the Buddha’s Teaching is simple: Commit not a single unwholesome act. Develop a wealth of virtue. Tame, transform, and conquer this mind of ours. Peace. Compassion. Wisdom. Being compassionately awake is our natural state. This simple naturalness is your true home. The precepts and going for refuge help you find your way back.

If you feel compelled to participate in the upcoming precepts ceremony please take a moment to fill in the application form below.

Click here to download the Going for Refuge and Precepts Ceremony Booklet used during the ceremony.

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