Meditations on Buddhism – Reconciling Buddhist Practice within a Quaker Community
Taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha . . . What does this mean to a person who identifies herself as a Quaker and who comes from a White Anglo Saxon Protestant background and sang in the choir of the family’s Episcopal church even after her parents left the church?
Taking refuge in the Buddha is taking refuge in the knowledge that we are spiritual beings. Just as all Christians have that of “God” in all of us and all Quakers are guided by our inner light and recognize the inner light of others so to we are all Buddhas. Essentially this means we are all one regardless of our religious backgrounds and beliefs and in the end we are all spiritual beings.
Taking refuge in the Dharma is taking refuge in the teachings of Buddha and the masters and teachers who are instrumental in sharing knowledge of the practices that aid us in fully experiencing our humanity and understanding our path in this life time.
Taking refuge in the Sangha and taking refuge in a community of people who hold deep spiritual beliefs and hold the space for spiritual practice and understanding and support us on our path to realize ourselves. My Sangha is my Quaker Community.
Reconciling Buddhist Practice within a Quaker Community.