The other day I saw and article by way of Google+ from Tricycle magazine titled Commercial Dhamma. Okay I am often amazed, for as far as I know there is only one true Dhamma.Read the article and make sure to read the comments as well. Maybe a BeBop Buddha and a Saucy Sangha, might be coming soon.
What are the Three Refuges?
A refuge is a place where people go when they are distressed or when they need safety and security. There are many types of refuges. When people are unhappy, they take refuge with their friends, when they are worried and frightened, they may take refuge in false hopes and beliefs. As they approach death, they might take refuge in the belief in an eternal heaven. But, as the Buddha says, none of these are true refuges because they do not give comfort and security based on reality.