H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama speaks on "non-Buddhist" Buddhists

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Posted by Tim C. ( on April 21, 2000 at 22:23:33:

Dear Friends:

Maybe no one should respond to this posting. I think this issue of "non-Buddhists" is one we could debate forever, and certainly one which can cause dischord within this cyber-sangha. We've all (most likely) read, time and again, that it is very bad to cause dischord with the sangha. So winning and loosing in this debate should be a non-issue.

Nonetheless, I found this passage in my readings yesterday, and I hope it will bring clarity for those who it applies to. H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama spoke the following:

"When we talk about Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels, we should not imagine that it simply involves a ceremony in which we formally take Refuge from a master, or that merely by virtue of participating in such a ceremony we have become a Buddhist. There is a formal Refuge ceremony in Buddhism, but the ceremony is not the point. The point is that as a result of your own reflection, even without a master, you become fully convinced of the validity of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as the true ultimate objects of refuge, and that is when you actually become a Buddhist. You entrust your spiritual wellbeing to the Three Jewels, and this is what is really meant by Taking Refuge."

--H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, "The Four Noble Truths"

Take care friends, and I encourage you to not respond to this posting if it applies to you. If you still feel the need to talk about this or to say something you can e-mail me if you please. We should not cause dischord in this sangha, so maybe we should let this issue lay to rest. Take care.


Tim C.

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