Taking Refuge by Pabongka Rinpoche

The One Hundred and Fifty Verses of Praise says: Take refuge in whomever Has absolutely no shortcomings, Absolutely no blindness, and in whom resides Every aspect of all good qualities. When you think of this, Respect those who praise him And abide by his teachings. In other words, when you think of how to distinguish between what should be your refuge, and what should not, you will want to take refuge in the Buddha, the teacher of Buddhism, in his teachings, and in those who abide by his teachings. The average worldly person seeks refuge in worldly creatures – spirit kings, gods, nagas, spirits, and so forth. Non-Buddhists seek refuge in Brahma, Indra etc. but these themselves are beings in samsara so they are not fitting refuges. Who then is a fitting refuge? From The Seventy Verses on Taking Refuge: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha Are the refuge for seekers of liberation. That is, the only refuge is the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. But if we do not identify these three properly, we will not take refuge purely. We are not critical and so pretend to be Mahayana knowledge- bearers, yet when things go wrong, sickness comes and so forth, … Continue reading Taking Refuge by Pabongka Rinpoche