15 January - 5 February 2021
Fridays at 9:00am CT (90 minutes)
Buddhism 101: Buddhist Refuge
Buddha was asked “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing!” Then he continued, “However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, and fear of old age and death.”
Buddhism teaches compassion as a deep heart-felt wish to help others. Many of the steps to develop this kind of compassion come from taking refuge in the Three Jewels. In this class we will explore what the Three Jewels represent and what it means to take a Buddhist Refuge.
There are two kinds of refuge: ordinary and exceptional refuge. Both can connect us to deep compassion, which opens the door to extraordinary wisdom. Ultimately, the kind of refuge we are talking about offers us greater ability to navigate a constantly changing world and ways to cope with anxiety, depression and fear.
In this class we will:
Learn the meaning of Buddhist Refuge
Connect with the meaning of having inner spiritual refuge
Explore the meaning of ordinary and exceptional refuge
Incorporate inner and outer refuge into daily life
Discuss the commitments for taking Buddhist Refuge
We will use the traditional Buddhist text:From the presentation on The Three Refuges found in the Analysis of the Perfection of Wisdom, by Kedrup Tenpa Dargye (1493-1568)
Elizabete Gomes brings twenty years of meditation practice and a wide range of real life experiences to her meditation classes. She has deep knowledge, skills, and wisdom. She is known for her loving presence, kindness and gentleness. She is a beloved Mind Oasis Community Meditation teacher and friend!