A traditional way, and I think very useful place, to begin practice is to take refuge; in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
“B” is for Buddha.
BUDDHA: Realization of Truth
- Historically, there was an actual person: Gautama, a human being who did attain Awakening, and, was able to show us all how to access our awakened qualities also.
- Thich Nhat Hanh writes,
When we say, “I take refuge in the Buddha” we should also understand that “The Buddha takes refuge in me,” because without the second part the first part is not complete. The Buddha needs us for awakening, understanding, and love to be real things and not just concepts. They must be real things that have real effects on life. Whenever I say, “I take refuge in the Buddha,” I hear “Buddha takes refuge in me.”
To take refuge in Buddha is to know that we are whole, complete; filled completely; integral and full of integrity:
- adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
- the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished
- a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition
That’s what we’re looking for. A safe place in which we can feel accepted, WHOLE, entire, and undiminished
- just the way we are
- not divided into parts
We can look to, take refuge, in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha to help us feel safe. And, in feeling safe, to fully know our experience for what it is. To experience ourselves and our lives fully.
Do we really know we are? Do I really know who I am? Who am I? That’s the question.
Pictures from this past Saturday, CC celebrated Buddha’s Birthday in Koshland Park: