Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje (126.96.36.199) on August 10, 2000 at 16:11:11:
In Reply to: Taking Refuge: Ceremony posted by Sergio on August 10, 2000 at 04:38:59:
I enjoy your info but I must differ on a few points about the Refuge
Ceremony. I too have gone through the ceremony.
Personally though, I don't agree with the idea of becoming
a buddhist "officially". This means that someone (master, etc.) gives you
the title of "Buddhist", even though the Buddha said the dharma
is within us already. This sounds like connecting with God only
through a priest in the Christian sense. I believe that
if a person believes in the Buddha's teaching, is compassionate, ethical,
loving and also tries not to do harm, they are a
Buddhist. The refuge ceremony is a nice tradition,
but to me, it doesn't make you a buddhist. A person can take refuge,
but not practice the buddhist path. The Buddha taught about the need not
to be attached to the Dharma either. Through all this, I guess what
I am saying is, a person is "Buddhist" through
their heart, not through someone else. This is my understanding and
I hope it is not taken as a negative response.
Peace to you Sergio and all...
Stephen Pema Dorje
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