This week’s talk explores the Three Refuges. Rather than taking a philosophical route, I personally find it more interesting to explore how we can pragmatically apply the refuges of Awareness, Truth and Love in practice and in daily life.
You’ll find a few truly marginal jokes and stories here and quite a few guided reflections. I spent about ten minutes during the 30-minute meditation preceding the talk giggling replaying the imagery in the first joke. As someone once said, “If you laugh, that means it’s funny.”
Tara’s book, True Refuge, takes a deep dive into these principles. It’s a lovely book. If you’re interested in an experiential overview on the topic, you might enjoy this talk.
Here’s the blurb:Delusion is believing something to be true that actually isn't true at all. Waking up to what is real can be a challenging and sometimes humiliating experience. You can draw on three essential qualities to wake up. Each element has practices associated with it and each element can be a refuge when you feel lost, stuck or feeling separate. This talk explores the Three Refuges - Awareness, Truth and Love - through some marginal jokes, some stories and through guided meditations and reflections.