Discovering Buddhism - module 7 Refuge - Ven. Amy Miller
Awakening the limitless potential of your mind
From September to December 2023 with Ven. Amy Miller
Looking at Buddhism from the outside in, it might feel like standing at the shores of a mighty ocean, trying to come up with a question that makes sense. Where to begin?
If you want help and guidance in exploring this ocean of wisdom, we can offer you the program Discovering Buddhism (DB). In this program we give participants an experimental taste of the Buddhist teachings and skills that help to make their lives more meaningful. This program will provide you with a solid footing in the practice of Mahayana Buddhism.
Discovering Buddhism (DB) on Mondays: 20:00 – 21:30 hrs (both onsite and online)
How it Works
Discovering Buddhism modules consists of teachings, discussions, meditations and practices, assessment questions, and practice retreat mornings. Students may do some or all of these components of each course, as they wish and are interested. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that module. The modules do not need to be completed in order and students can join at any time, except for module 12 and 13. For these modules prior DB knowledge or otherwise is required.
In total it is a two-year, fourteen-module series that gives the student a solid foundation in the teachings and practices of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism.
Module 7: Refuge in the Three Jewels
When problems arise for us, our coping mechanisms do not truly get to the root of the issue. Therefore, we find some temporary comfort while the problem and suffering continue to surface in the future. Taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, is a uniquely inner journey, that not only protects us from future suffering, but helps reveal the true cause of the problem so we can journey through a path to dismantle it. Refuge is an inner commitment to a clear mind, an open heart, and a way of engaging with life that is pervaded with integrity, respect, and compassion.
This module’s focus is on finding out what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels (and what it means for you), the essential practices of refuge and learning about the advantages of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing your spiritual growth.
Monday: 20.00 - 21.30 hrs, Sept. 25 - Oct. 23 (5 classes)
Module 8: Establishing a Daily Practice
A daily Buddhist practice refers to the routine activities and rituals that Buddhists engage in on a regular basis to cultivate spiritual development. Common elements of a daily practice are meditation, study and reflection, engaging in pujas or rituals, practicing virtuous conduct, and reciting a variety of prayers and mantras. These elements can be combined and adapted to suit individual preferences and circumstances. The primary purpose of a daily Buddhist practice is to develop wisdom, compassion, and mindfulness, leading to the transformation of one's mind and the cultivation of inner peace and liberation.
This module's focus is on assembling the tools you need to develop a successful daily Buddhist practice and to learn the elements necessary to generate realizations. You will also get tips for how to make many activities you do in your daily life meaningful.
Monday: 20.00 - 21.30 hrs, Nov. 6 - Dec. 4 (5 classes)
All classes are preceded by a guided meditation from 19.00 - 19.45 hrs. Various options are shown when signing up:
Suggested donation to cover costs: € 50 per DB module (5 classes) / €60 per DB module (incl. guided meditation)
Suggested donation for single evening DB class: € 12,50
Please register in advance for the whole module through the sign-in button on the right (you can choose onsite or online, excl. or incl. meditation) or sign up for a single class here.
Attention: for a smooth registration, please register BEFORE 12.00 NOON on the day of class! If possible, please register well in advance. If you register on the day itself, please also send an email to email@example.com, to make sure we can send you the necessary information in time.