Taking the Refuges
Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:50 pm
This seems like the right place to post but apologies if not. My practice is almost entirely Theravada in terms of praxis and aspiration but I have practiced with and drawn much inspiration from the Vajrayana schools in the past. A lama here in NYC who is a member of the Sakya lineage and with whom I have had an interview is offering the refuges and since I have never formally taken them I have asked to receive them. I guess what I'm asking is if such a thing is unheard of or (possibly even) frowned upon. I don't expect that the ceremony will include taking refuge in devas, dhammapalas or anyone other than the Tisarana so I can't see much possibility for conflict. I would just appreciate any thoughts or observations from anyone. Metta.