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With it all still being mostly new to me I am unsure about what to do.
I am not 100% that a different format maybe more enjoyable for me.
I am not 100% that I will be living here and able to continue with my current center next year
And My first comment is to finding work and military (non-combat) is still an option to me
I don't think that they would make a difference but if I do this I wanna do it right. So is there any reason(s) that somebody should delay?
The refuge ceremony may or may not be problematic for you to attend/arrange. However you can take refuge daily by chanting:
Buddham Saranam Gacchami.
Dhammam Saranam Gacchami.
Sangham Saranam Gacchami
or in English
I go for refuge to the Buddha.
I go for refuge to the Dharma.
I go for refuge to the Sangha.
This refuge prayer is essentially totally ecumenical and is done in some form close to this in almost every Buddhist tradition.
The great Indian pandit (great teacher) who taught Buddhism in India and Tibet, Atisha, taught the refuge prayer practice widely. It is probably from him that Tibetans began the practice of reciting the refuge prayer (and other practices later) 100,000 times. It would be good, if you are determined to follow the Buddha's teachings, to recite the refuge prayer 3 times in the morning and three times in the evening (Indian Buddhist often did their practices 3 or more times in the morning and evening).
You can them take the formal refuge ceremony later according to the tradition that you decide to practice in. If I read your post correctly you are in the military. I used to be in the military and know that there are now Buddhist chaplains. So you could email them for advice on setting up the refuge ceremony if you wished. Here is a link to the Buddhist Military sangha, a resource for Buddhists in the military.
"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche
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