In these weekly Sunday morning teachings spanning from March 2013 to December 2014, Gelek Rimpoche elaborates on the “Tibetan Buddhism” series, with the earlier sessions on the foundational Compassion for Oneself meditations, laying the ground work for the later sessions emphasizing Great Compassion for all living beings.

Essence of Tibetan Buddhism 62

The Meaning of Refuge

In Abhisamayalankara’s 10 instructions, the basis on which you conduct your spiritual practice is developing refuge in the Three Jewels. Taking refuge is more than just stating that you are taking refuge in the Three Jewels; that’s just relative refuge, and while it is very important, you should strive to achieve absolute refuge – which requires actual spiritual development. Many times in the past, I have taught that actual refuge is your internal spiritual development, which is the real Dharma within you. But uttaratantra teaches that Buddha is the absolute refuge. This is quite technical, and in the end, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are not really all that separate.

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