Posts Tagged ‘refuge’

(13) Mara

In Buddhism and many other religions, Mara symbolizes that collective and obstructive dark force generated by dark desires and ignorance of all sentient beings. It is often a matter of speech to denote Mara as a "he", but Mara can also be known in different cultures as a "she”, it and "they". Absolute truth has only ONE face. But evil needs many faces in order to compensate for its lack of truth. The obstructive force of Mara has only one purpose and that is to keep the dreaming mind, Read more [...]


This is another excerpt from the 1909 work, The Path of Light. By today’s standards the language is archaic, yet unlike today’s standards it has not been intellectualized and neutered and watered-down from its full import; yes, there was a time when the message was clear and not afraid to voice the eternal truths…there’s true passion in them thar words… “Yea, I give to the Conquerors and their Sons myself entirely. Take me for your chattel, O noble beings ; I make myself in love Read more [...]

The Descent of Adi-Buddha Samantabhadra

  The Tathāgatagarbhatārā Tantra Verily, I take refuge in the Buddha, for imageless is the Tathagata—who cannot be seen by mortal eyes…  Verily, I take refuge in the Buddhadharma, for unutterable is its Holy Doctrine—it cannot be heard by mortal ears…  Verily, I take refuge in the Sacred Sangha, for its Holy Community bears an immutable character—unstained by skandhic body or mind. Part One: Generation One: The Descent of Adi-Buddha Samantabhadra Thus have I heard Read more [...]

Refuge and Sacred Empowerment

It is customary to approach a Sacred Tantra by invoking Spiritual Refuge and Spiritual Empowerment, both tools that help to prepare and protect the adept’s spirit/mind from all harm; procure an inner-cleansing, as well as opening the channels of discernment for Divine Union. I take Refuge in Blessed Arya Tārā in the Spirit of the Buddha as the stainless illumination of the Unborn Mind I take refuge in Blessed Arya Tārā in the Spirit of the Dharma as the Sacred Teachings of the Sugatas I Read more [...]

Taking Refuge

  Receiving the signless precepts through the recitation of the three refuges (Yampolsky) "Having finished repentance, I shall give you the formless precepts of the three refuges." The Master said: "Good friends, 'take refuge in enlightenment [the Buddha], the most honored among two-legged beings; take refuge in the truth [the Dharma], the most noble [doctrine which sets people] free from the desires; take refuge in purity [the Sangha] the most honored among sentient beings.' Read more [...]