Bodharma wrote:I originally took refuge in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition in 2001. My practice had slipped and now I am beginning again with a strong interest in Theravada. My interest in practicing Theravadin Buddhism is that it is simple, just Buddha and his teachings. I believe Vipassana may help me to overcome negative states of mind, be more at peace, and live in the present moment. I am disabled due to a chronic and painful autoimmune illness. Do I need to take refuge again in the Theravada Tradition? Or does my refuge from before count?
Thank you for all kind replies, John.
konchokzopa wrote:if you have broken your vow's you have to receive them again from someone from the lineage or the sangha.
Dhammanando wrote:In the Theravādin conception you can resolve to undertake the precepts all by yourself. And if you break one then you can re-take it all by yourself, by recognising the fault and resolving to exercise greater restraint in future.
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I think there is great value, though, if you have broken a precept, in formally taking the precepts again from a preceptor, after confessing your faults.
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