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REFUGE AND PRECEPT RECITATION




Recitation of the 3 Refuges, 5 Precepts and Bodhisattva Precepts will take place on the Thursday closest to the Full Moon, before Members' Sitting, unless otherwise noted*. If you have taken Refuge and the 5 Precepts, in any tradition, please join us on the following dates, in 2017.


October 5, November 2 & 30

CANNOT MAKE IT?

The people who come on Thursday evenings are your sangha.  Going for Refuge in the sangha is one of the Refuge Vows, and meeting and practicing with your sangha is part of that vow.  However, if you cannot make it, then ask a sangha member to stand in for you on that day.  They simply announce that they are standing in for you.  No more than that. If more than three weeks are missed, without letting one of your fellow sangha members stand in for you, then Refuge Vows must be taken again next Vesak.


"In my tradition we learn that as individuals we cannot do much. That is why taking refuge in the sangha, taking refuge in the community, is a very strong and important practice. When I say, “I go for refuge in the sangha,” it does not mean that I want to express my devotion. No. It’s not a question of devotion; it’s a question of practice. Without practicing in a sangha, without being supported by a group of friends who are motivated by the same ideal and practice, we cannot go far."  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

* To be recited at home if there is a cancellation.

NOTE:  Please see me if you have missed 3 consecutive months of reciting with Sangha Members.