During this talk, Peter spoke of the Buddhist tradition of the three refuges, Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, from a contemporary setting.  Taking refuge means to allow the structure of the retreat to support the cultivation of mindfulness from waking up until sleeping.  The Buddha represents the capacity we all have for awakening to the reality of impermanence, the absence of an enduring self and the inevitability that dissatisfaction emerges from craving and clinging.  The Dhamma represents the instructions and practices that support awakening, and the Sangha represents the communal effort shared during the course of the retreat.