Refuge can be described as a shelter from danger or distress. In Buddhism, we take refuge in the precious Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Before taking refuge, a practitioner must reflect deeply on several questions: Why do I need refuge? What are my current objects of refuge? How can the Three Jewels help me with my problems? Where can I find shelter from the life’s storms?
Gus Cutz will unlock the treasure chest of refuge, revealing the stainless qualities of the Three Jewels, the role of each in transforming our minds, and the profound benefits of taking refuge. By reflecting on these topics we will learn to differentiate between objects of true refuge and objects that keep us trapped in our habitual patterns of confusion. Gus will also integrate practices from the refuge module of Discovering Buddhism.
The retreat will include time for discussion and several guided meditations. Making the most of this opportunity to reorient our minds, we will practice silence during all the breaks. Please join us, bring your friends, as we discover and enjoy our Buddha nature!
10:30-10:45 Welcome and Motivation
12:15-12:30 Walking Meditation
12:30-1:30 Lunch Break
3:15-3:30 Dedication and conclusion
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Gustavo Cutz is in the process of becoming an FPMT certified teacher. He has worked at Wisdom Publications in Boston, has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Meditation Center since 2008 and a facilitator for Discovering Buddhism since 2012. He also interprets/summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,” and most recently, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.