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In this short video Ven. Amy Miller explains the meaning of a verse for taking and refuge and generating bodhichitta that is often recited at the beginning of prayers and practices. She discusses why to take refuge and the objects in which a Buddhist takes refuge, as well as the meaning of bodhichitta and the reasons for generating this altruistic thought to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. A more detailed explanation of this subject can be found in Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teaching “The Refuge and Bodhichitta Verse,” a module of the online program Living in the Path (http://onlinelearning.fpmt.org/mod/pa...).