Taking Refuge In The 21st Century

This talk revisits the traditional “Three Refuges” of Buddhism:Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, from a more contemporary perspective, as the context of today’s culture is radically different than what was present during the preceding centuries in an Asian social setting.  The intentions of this revisiting is to present the commitments in ways that apply to a secular consumer culture rather than the monastic setting that existed when the refuges were developed.

This talk was followed by general group discussion about the benefits of Buddhist practices in the stressful context of current culture.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  TAKING REFUGE

Next week’s talk will focus on a revisiting of the Five Precepts.