With all its attention to self-realization in Buddhism, why, then, take refuge in the Three Jewels?


Personal foundation, prior to self-realization, is yet to stabilize and

method and direction yet to be. Teacher' s instructions and guidance

during this period no doubt help take care of the gradual growth of

self-realization from seed, and the Buddha' s instructions and guidance

likewise in transforming via the Dharma-treasure and the sangha in

pointing the path and supporting. Taking refuge in the Three Jewels

is decidedly a prerequisite and no less.