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Refuge-commitment or good will?

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Tashi Delek,

 

Many Slovene people had taken refuge in the last few years. Perhaps some of them later abandoned regular (Buddhist) practice :cry:.

 

If one takes refuge infront of the qualified Buddhist teacher and in that way becomes a Buddhist, does that mean that he is obliged to take refuge every morning and evening from that moment on ;-} or does it mean that this is only desireable? If the former is true does that mean that it is (karmically) better not to take refuge at all than taking it and later abandoning it :<? And is it possible that someone, who abandoned regular practice, "returns" refuge as vows can be returned in order to avoid negative karmic consequences?

 

One more question: does taking refuge only by reciting and prostrating, without really generating the proper feeling :)zzz qualifies as a "breach" of refuge commitment and if yes, how to correct it? Perhaps by taking a proper "double" refuge the next day :lol:?

 

Thank You :D.

 

Best regards,

 

Draftsman

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Tashi Delek,

 

I just thought to contribute this quotation, although I doesn't speak directly about reciting the Refuge prayer:

 

"When we take refuge and become a Buddhist we must honor the family of buddhas. Engaging in any of the ten non-virtues after having taken refuge is to disgrace Buddhism. Nobody is asking you to be a Buddhist; you're a Buddhist because you've chosen to be. Therefore you should qualify yourself accordingly, and the minimal qualification is to avoid the ten non-virtues and cultivate their opposites. Granted, nobody is perfect, but if you want to call yourself a Buddhist, you have to exert some effort. " His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Seeking Inner Refuge, from: Teachings from Tibet. Guidance from Great Lamas.

 

Best wishes. :)

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Tashi Delek,

 

When I took Refuge, my understanding was that reciting the Refuge prayer twice a day definitely is a commitment, as explained by Rinpoche.

After, it is our responsibility to apply it or not.

 

Here is another excerpt from this wonderful Teaching by His Holiness :)

 

"Whether or not you are a Buddhist is determined by whether or not you have taken refuge in the Three Jewels—Buddha, Dharma and Sangha—purely, from the depths of your heart. Simply reciting Buddhist prayers, playing with a rosary or walking around temples does not make you a Buddhist. Even a monkey can be taught to do these things. Dharma is a matter of mind and spirit, not external activities. Therefore, to be a Buddhist, you must understand exactly what the Three Jewels of Refuge are and how they relate to your spiritual life."

 

You can read it here.

 

Kind regards

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