According to Buddhism, Why Is It Important That We Take Refuge in the Triple Jewels?

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BSTC1001 Introduction to Buddhist teaching Ven. Sik Hin Hung Individual Assignment - Short Essay 25 November 2014 According to Buddhism, why is it important that we take refuge in the Triple Jewels? Lai Hiu Nga Hilda (2013701500) Lai Hiu Nga Hilda P.1 Taking refuge is considered as a way to look for liberation from the sea of suffering. It is one of the practices of “Human and Celestial Vehicle”. which aims at attaining happiness in heaven and earth. According to Buddhist teaching, one should seek refuge from the Triple Jewels, i.e. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Why Buddha, Dharma and Sangha? In English, refuge means a shelter. Taking refuge means to take shelter, to rely on it and gain protection from danger. Sense of security is developed through taking refuge and one could feel safe in it. Originally, taking refuge is not exclusive to Buddhism; but when it applies to Buddhism, it means to take it from the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. One is officially recognised as a Buddhist after he/she has undergone refuge. "Taking refuge in the Buddha, we learn to transform anger into compassion; 
 taking refuge in the Dharma, we learn to transform delusion into wisdom; 
 taking refuge in the Sangha, we learn to transform desire into generosity.” - Red Pine (2005) The Triple Jewels (or called The Three Treasures) in the refuge are inseparable as they all together generate considerable amount of merit and wisdom to a Buddhist. As mind is the forerunner of all things and, all living beings are suffering and trapped in the Samsara due to karma and entanglement; a wise man can disentangle this tangle through building well in virtue, developing concentration and understanding, which would help one gain wisdom. Only through taking refuge from the Triple Jewels, one could gain wisdom and have a good start for his/her path to awakening. The ultimate goal of this path is to

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