At present because we are human, we are free from rebirth in the lower realms, and we may be free from physical suffering and mental pain, but this is only temporary. We are like a prisoner who gets permission to stay at home for a week, but then has to return to prison.
We need permanent liberation from the sufferings of this life and countless future lives. This depends upon making progress on and completing the Buddhist path to liberation, which in turn depends upon entering Buddhism. We enter Buddhism through the practice of going for refuge.
During the vow ceremony Gen Kelsang Dornying will explain the benefits and commitment’s of going for refuge. By receiving Buddha’s blessings and help from pure spiritual practitioners, Sangha, we will start to create Dharma realizations in our own heart. In this way we will start to protect ourself from suffering and forge a path out of samsara to the state of permanent liberation.
After receiving the vows Gen Dornying will guide a weekend of refuge retreat based on the prayers Essence of Good Fortune.
Gen Kelsang Dornying is the Resident Teacher of both Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia, Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne, Darwin and Alice Springs. He has been teaching Kadam Dharma in Australia for over 18 years. He is an inspiring and light-hearted teacher of modern Buddhism who makes Buddha’s teachings clear, accessible and applicable to modern life.
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