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Old 08-18-2002, 09:45 PM   #9
Kevin Leavitt
 
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Depends on who you look to for spiritual guidance as to "how" you take refuge in them.

I do agree unless you "take refuge" in them, then you probably can't really consider yourself a buddhist.

Ceremonially there are many ways to take refuge. It can be traditional or it can be private (as in my case).

One day I am formally and publically take the vows, but I don't really feel the need to at this point.

BTW, the vows do not require you to denounce anything you believe in. Only to accept the teachings and the path.

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