Three Jewels: Highest Refuge

Posted on April 1, 2010

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Three Jewels: Highest Refuge

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  • Buddham saranam gacchāmi
    I go for refuge in the Buddha
  • Dhammam saranam gacchāmi
    I go for refuge in the Dharma
  • Sangham saranam gacchāmi
    I go for refuge in the Sangha

They go to many a refuge, to mountains, forests, parks, trees, and shrines: people threatened with danger. That’s not the secure refuge, that’s not the highest refuge, that’s not the refuge, having gone to which, you gain release from all suffering and stress. But when, having gone for refuge to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, you see with right discernment the four Noble Truths — stress, the cause of stress, the transcending of stress, and the Noble Eightfold Path, the way to the stilling of stress: That’s the secure refuge, that, the highest refuge, that is the refuge, having gone to which, you gain release from all suffering and stress.— Dhammapada, 188-192

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(part of my 33:33 series)

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