Beyond ritual and ceremony 'Going for Refuge' is an expression of your training. To understand what the word 'refuge' means is to touch the very heart and spirit of what training means. Learning to give yourself and surrender your attachments to your precious opinions and habits is always going to be a big challenge, but to understand this importance and the way we cultivate this act of giving is to discover the true spirit of this ancient ritual.
I believe the teachings that are on offer to this group will be all you need to find authentic liberation. At the heart of the teachings is the need to discover the stillness and silence that lives in us all through skilful meditation. This newly cultivated experience brings the discovery of who you really are just beyond the turmoil of your created samsara. Learning to trust this expansive space becomes a true taste of your commitment as you make yourself open and vulnerable. But to learn to trust stillness evermore willingly is to open the door to your full potential and your complete and full liberation.
Anyone who has tried meditation will know the major challenge to concentration is the restlessness of the chattering mind. Although this the biggest single challenge there are other aspects of our makeup that are also difficult to bringing stillness to meditation: namely the body and the emotions. Why is conquering these restless characteristics so important to meditation and practice? Simple. It is only when you have tamed restlessness throughout your entire being will your innate wisdom rise up and transform your life in an authentic way.
It is unfortunate that so many dharma practitioners assume their liberation is to found through some sort of mental development process. There may be fruit from this way but you will be only scratching the surface of your full potential and surely miss out on the inconceivable wisdom and wonder that full awakening promises. If instead you take your attention into the physical form and embark upon your spiritual journey from within this place, you will with commitment soon enough discover freedom and boundless treasures by going beyond the confines of a dualistic mind.