Nov 21, 2009
Thanksgiving is a celebration of giving thanks for a good harvest,
which is what is being celebrated in the US in the coming
week. And we're looking into what makes a bountiful spiritual
Taking refuge is one of the more important things you do to insure
a good spiritual harvest. And to see what's involved, there
is no better example of taking refuge than the Three Refuges Of
Buddhism. Go to almost any Buddhist handbook and you will
- I take refuge in the Buddha.
- I take refuge in the Dharma.
- I take refuge in the Sangha.
A bit of basic knowledge of Buddhism will give you a grasp of what
these are. And do you know what? They, or their
equivalents are found in almost any spiritual path. And do
you know what? The cluster of paths which we follow have them
in abundance, and at all of the levels you can imagine!
In refuge, we find comfort, reassurance, nurturing, strengthening,
and all else we need to follow our spiritual quests and deal with
the mundance world at the same time!
And with that and what we discover, we can really have a major