The time is almost here…

Buddhas and bodhisattvas who abide in all ten directions, please think of me. Master, please think of me. From now until the end of this life, I go for refuge in the supreme among all with two feet, the Buddha. I go for refuge in the supreme among all without desire, the dharma. I go for refuge in the supreme among all assemblies, the sangha. From now until the end of this life, I hold this master to be my spiritual friend.

That is a translation of the vow I will be making this Friday during my refuge ceremony, after which I will officially be a Buddhist.

I’m a little nervous, but mostly happy to be making this huge step. One of the regulars at the Tibetan centre told me last  night that it’s considered auspicious if the vows are made with joy in one’s heart. I don’t think that will be a problem!

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