How to take refuge in Living Buddha Lian-sheng

The importance of taking refuge empowerment:
Performing virtuous deeds, chanting and paying homage to buddhas are important. In addition, to advance the level of practice, it is necessary to do the inner cultivation which involves a long period of training. This requires the guidance of a real transcendental Vajra Master who can lead an individual to the right path to achieve results. In order to be a student, one has to take refuge and receive initiation empowerment blessing from a Vajra Master.     

In Vajrayana, a person who has received the refuge empowerment from a Vajra Master, also becomes a disciple to the Buddha. This establishes the path of cultivation toward perfect enlightenment.
Vajrayana practice places heavy importance on refuge and transmission empowerment from the Guru, without which, it is quite impossible to achieve any result.

There are two ways of taking refuge in Living Buddha Lian-sheng:

1.  In writing
At 7:00 a.m. (your local time) of either first or fifteenth of every lunar month, face the direction of the rising sun.  With palms joined, reverently recite the Fourfold Refuge Mantra three times: "Namo Guru bei, Namo Buddha ye, Namo Dharma ye, Namo Sangha ye" and prostrate three times.

Send a letter to the True Buddha Foundation request a refuge empowerment.  State your name, address, age, and enclose a voluntary offering. Upon receiving the letter, the True Buddha Foundation will send a certificate, a picture of the Living Buddha Lian-Sheng, and a note stating the level of practice you should start with.  The address of the True Buddha Foundation is: 

True Buddha Foundation
17110 NE 40th Ct. 
Redmond, WA 98052, USA
Tel:   (425) 885-7573
Fax:  (425) 883-2173

2.  In person
You may obtain refuge empowerment personally from Grand Master Lu, or from a True Buddha Master who confers the empowerment on behalf of Grand Master, by visiting a True Buddha temple, chapter or meditation center, or by attending a True Buddha ceremony.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-Yen Lu
17102 NE 40th CT.
Redmond, WA 98052-5479

True Buddha Foundation
17110 NE 40th CT.
Redmond, WA 98052-5479
Tel: (425) 885-7573
Fax: (425) 883-2173

Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple
17012 NE 40th CT.
Redmond, WA 98052-5491
Tel: (425) 882-0916
Fax: (425) 883-7360

No-reply email address for blessing request
To avoid redundancy, if one has forwarded a request by email prior to mailing a request letter or donation by regular mail, please note the date of the emailed request in the letter posted by regular mail. 

Links for taking refuge: 


For deceased / ancestors:

For earth deities / house spirits:

For karmic creditors / entangling spirits / fetus spirits:

* Note: The above online services are made temporarily available only for the duration of the pandemic, as postal services may not be able to operate normally during this time. When postal services resume and are in full operation, TBF's service would return to its original method of correspondence via mail.  

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