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Yesterday was the worst day of my life. And the worst day for karma in my life. I have been despondent ever since yesterday morning when I did something bad that broke my heart. The karma began almost immediately with crying and the inability to sleep. And this afternoon I will go to the local Thai Buddhist temple -- which I only began visiting recently -- and will ask for "spiritual refuge" from a monk. It will not be an easy thing to do.
I'm not asking for sympathy. But I was wondering how many of us have ever taken the words to heart: "To the Buddha I go for refuge, to the Dhamma I go for refuge, to the Sangha I go for refuge"...and particularly that last factor, going to the Sangha for refuge.