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.