Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels
Information and Registration
(pdf HERE)


To take Refuge with Dza Kilung Rinpoche is to take Refuge in the Three Jewels— the  Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

“Taking refuge is fully opening your commitment to the path of Buddhadharma, and to benefiting all beings. In refuge, you commit your body, speech and mind to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, deepening your heart connection to an enlightened path that goes beyond this lifetime.” Dza Kilung Rinpoche

We are deeply grateful that Dza Kilung Rinpoche, a lineage holder of the Longchen Nyingtik, is offering this opportunity.

To register, please fill out the form HERE
that will give you the Zoom link.
It is important that people who wish to receive a dharma name from Rinpoche
register by October 26th.

Normally this ceremony is done in person. But because Rinpoche needs to offer it by Zoom, HERE are instructions for how to set up a space for a refuge ceremony. Please read these instructions well before the ceremony so you have time to set up.

If so moved, it is traditional to offer dana to Dza Kilung Rinpoche for this refuge ceremony.

Taking refuge has many levels of meaning and commitment, from

  • taking it for the first time as a commitment to the Buddhist path, to
  • taking it with Dza Kilung Rinpoche and his lineage for the first time, to
  • renewing one’s vows.

There are many resources available about the profound meaning and commitment of taking refuge. For a selection of these resources, click HERE. We encourage you to read more about taking Refuge prior to the ceremony, and please feel free to ask questions by emailing pemakilaya@gmail.com.

The Refuge Ceremony:
Rinpoche will open the ceremony with teachings on taking Refuge and will guide you through the practice. He may recite from our prayer book available HERE. Please have this available.

The ceremony will be as follows:

  • Rinpoche’s teachings on taking Refuge
  • Meditation and visualization
  • Taking Refuge (repeated 3 times)

“In the Buddha, the Dharma and the Noble Sangha,
I take Refuge from now until enlightenment is fully realized,
By the merit accumulated through the practice of generosity and the six paramitas,
May I become enlightened for the benefit of all sentient beings.“

  • Receiving a Dharma name and cutting hair for those who have requested it.

“Cut a small strand of hair from the top of your head and place it in an envelope. Please mail the envelope with your hair in it to 
Pema Kilaya, PO Box 622, Langley, WA 98260 USA. You will receive, by mail, a booklet with essential Longchen Nyingtik lineage refuge prayers and your dharma name.“

  • Further teachings and comments by Rinpoche
  • Dedication. See pg 4 of Pema Kilaya prayers available HERE for Tibetan.

“By this merit, may I attain omniscience
And having defeated the enemies, negativities
May all beings be liberated from the ocean of existence
With its stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness and death.“

  • Closing
  • Offering of khatas and dana

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