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We don’t feel overwhelmed by it, trying to find a little piece of it that we can grasp and feel safe with, because we feel at peace with it. Then we have merged with the truth. � 61 The Refuges and Precepts The ‘Going for Refuge’ and taking the Precepts define a person as a practising Buddhist. Going for Refuge gives a continual perspective on life by referring one’s conduct and understanding to the qualities of Buddha (wisdom), Dhamma (truth) and Saïgha (virtue). The Precepts are also for reflection and to define one’s actions as a responsible human being.

I couldn’t stop, it was like Niagara Falls, this enormous power coming out, and there was no way I could stop it myself. Finally he left, made an escape somehow: I never saw him again, I wonder why?! So when we go through that kind of experience, it’s important to recognise it. Its nothing dangerous if you know what it is. Be patient with it, don’t believe it or indulge in it. You notice Buddhist monks never go around saying much about what ‘level of enlightenment’ they have — it’s just not to be related.

But if such an extreme situation did arise I’m sure we would do something that would be appropriate. Even the nuttiest person can be mindful in extreme situations. But in ordinary life when there isn’t anything extreme going on, when we’re just sitting here, we can be completely nutty, can’t we? It says in the Pàtimokkha* discipline that we monks shouldn’t hit *Pàtimokkha: the code of 227 rules and observances that govern the conduct of Buddhist monks of the Theravadin tradition. 34 anyone So then I sit here worrying about what I would do if a maniac attacks my mother.

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