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Discovering Buddhism: REFUGE IN THE THREE JEWELS

March 3, 2022 @ 18:30 - 21:00

Find out what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels and the essential practices of refuge. Learn about the advantage of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth.

[line] WHEN: 4 Thursdays, March 3–24, 6:30 – 9.00 pm (CET – Zurich)
WHERE: Online and Onsite
 Beginner to Advanced


The formal entry point for becoming a Buddhist is to participate in a ceremony in which one takes refuge in – commits to rely upon – the Three Jewels or, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, the Three Rare Sublime Ones: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

Students will learn about absolute Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – the enlightened mind, the experiential knowledge in that mind, and the superior beings who’ve realized emptiness; and relative Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – the buddha of our time, Shakyamuni, the texts that present his teachings, and the ordained monks and nuns.

Students also learn about the power of living in vows. Of the three levels of vows – those of individual liberation, the bodhisattva, and tantra – the first are taken after having taken refuge.

6:30 pm Meditation
6:50 pm Break
7:00 pm Teaching by Ven. Robina
8:30 pm Discussions
8.50 pm Conclusion & Dedication
9.00 pm End

Discovering Buddhism is an FPMT study program aimed at giving Buddhist and non-Buddhist students a solid footing in the practice of Mahayana Buddhism. The program is not meant to be an academic study of Buddhism, it is meant to change our daily lives through experiential training in meditation and thought transformation.

About the Teacher

VRC 80x100 no backgroundVen. Robina Courtin, Australian-born, has a powerhouse personality and has been a Buddhist nun for nearly 40 years. Well known for her work with people in prisons, Ven. Robina’s life and work is the subject of the award-winning documentary ‘Chasing Buddha‘. She teaches full time around the world at the centers of her teachers’ organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Read more



Cost: You would make us very happy by supporting us with a donation. Suggested donation is 0 – 30 CHF. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. You can donate online (via Paypal, Twint or E-Banking).

Language: English.

Level: Beginner to Advanced.

Registration: REGISTER HERE


March 3, 2022
18:30 - 21:00


Lhagsam Tibetan Meditation
Gablerstrasse 51
Zurich, 8002 Switzerland