Our Tuesday meditation group was joined by guest teacher Thanissaro Bhikkhu, the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, CA. The hall in St. Timothy’s Church was packed full of newcomers and seasoned meditators alike. Thanissaro Bhikkhu spoke on the Refuges, which he explained as being the Buddha, the Dharma (Buddha’s teachings), and the Sangha (the community of monastics who have fully dedicated themselves to attaining enlightenment). We were asked to ponder a question from the Pali Canon: If choices that give us a lesser reward (i.e. pleasures) conflict with choices that would give us a greater reward (i.e. enlightenment), why would we choose the former? You can now listen to this talk on Refuge.