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Refuge is what we turn to when we have problems.Taking refuge in the Three Jewels --Buddha, Dharma (the teachings), and Sangha (the spiritual community) -- brings about a lasting solution to our problems by focusing on their deeper causes that lie within our mind. It is a beautiful heart practice of Buddhism that leads to a peaceful and meaningful life. Gradually, the Three Jewels become a constant source of refuge for us, an oasis of peace and happiness in this turbulent world.
Refuge Day is one of our biggest days of the year at KMC Colorado, and the whole day is ideal for anyone who has been enjoying the teachings this past year. We start with a talk exploring the meaning of Buddhist refuge, the causes of going for refuge, an introduction to the Three Jewels, and a practical approach to refuge that will energize our spiritual life.
This is followed by the Refuge Ceremony, which dates back thousands of years. If you want to become a Buddhist, this is the formal gateway to the Buddhist path. If you are simply seeking wisdom and inspiration on your spiritual journey, it brings the blessings and protection of the Three Jewels into your quest. It also serves as a powerful method to purify a lot of negative karma and create huge good karma.
The Refuge Ceremony is followed by a delicious Sangha lunch for those who are attending in person.
10 – 11:30am Teaching 1
12 – 1:15pm Vow Ceremony
2:30 – 4pm Teaching 2
This event will be followed by a Refuge Retreat, September 13th-17th, which will be broadcast on our prayer page.
Our main teacher at KMC Colorado is Kadam Lucy James. One of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy has taught extensively in England, Florida, and San Francisco, and helped set up many thriving meditation centers since 1981. She is regularly invited to teach courses around the United States and Europe due to her skill in presenting both simple and profound subjects with great clarity. For many years, one of her main jobs was to help with the editing and production of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, and she has engaged in extensive meditation retreat.