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Refuge and Lay Precepts Ceremony

5 February 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Registrations essential.

If you are interested to Take Refuge with Gen Thubten Dondrub – please email

In Buddhism Refuge is a ceremony, a commitment, and a statement of faith and conviction in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. When we take Refuge in the Three Jewels, we are placing ourselves under their guidance and they become our objects of Refuge

On the basis of taking the Refuge Vow, there is the option to take any or all five of the Precepts, according to what one is prepared to commit to in daily life.

The Five Lay Precepts:
According to Buddhist teachings, the practice of ethics is one of the three principal forms of training that Buddhists engage in; the other two being meditation and wisdom. Ethical precepts (vows) guide a practitioner in examining cause and effect (karma), as well as how the renunciation, patience, and honesty required of this practice illuminate the teachings.
These Precepts are the basis of Buddhism for people to live a meaningful life, create merit and if taken properly one can not only accumulate merit in the process but also purify the mind, whilst practicing and observing these Precepts it also encourages us to be mindful in daily life.

The Five Precepts are to abstain for life from:

  1. Killing;
  2. Taking what has not been given;
  3. Sexual misconduct;
  4. Lying;
  5. Drinking alcohol.

Followed by morning tea




5 February 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Buddha House acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live. We pay our respects to elders, past, present and future, as well as all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – their country, culture, and community.


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