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Going for Refuge

Going for Refuge - coverGoing for Refuge
- Taking the Precepts
 by Bhikkhu Bodhi

The first two steps in the process of becoming a lay disciple of the Buddha are the going for refuge (sarana gamana) and the undertaking of the five precepts (panca-sila samadana). By the former step a person makes the commitment to accept the Triple Gem - the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha - as the guiding ideals of his life, by the latter he expresses his determination to bring his actions into harmony with these ideals through right conduct.

Shakyamuni - Refuge fieldThe following two tracts were written for the purpose of giving a clear and concise explanation of these two steps.

Though they are intended principally for those who have newly embraced the Buddha's teaching they will probably be found useful as well by long-term traditional Buddhists wanting to understand the meaning of practices with which they are already familiar and also by those who want to know what becoming a Buddhist involves.

In order to keep the treatment compact, and to avoid the intimidating format of a scholastic treatise, references to source material in the tracts themselves have been kept to a minimum.

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