Buddhism, The Triple Gem, The Buddha, the Dhamma, the Sangha

The other day I saw and article by way of Google+ from Tricycle magazine titled Commercial Dhamma. Okay I am often amazed, for as far as I know there is only one true Dhamma.Read the article and make sure to read the comments as well. Maybe a BeBop Buddha and a Saucy Sangha, might be coming soon.

What are the Three Refuges?
A refuge is a place where people go when they are distressed or when they need safety and security. There are many types of refuges. When people are unhappy, they take refuge with their friends, when they are worried and frightened, they may take refuge in false hopes and beliefs. As they approach death, they might take refuge in the belief in an eternal heaven. But, as the Buddha says, none of these are true refuges because they do not give comfort and security based on reality.

Truly these are not safe refuges,
not the refuge supreme.
Not the refuge whereby one is
freed from all sorrow.

But to take refuge in the
Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha
and to see with real understanding
the Four Noble Truths.

Suffering, the cause of suffering,
the transcending of suffering and
the Noble Eightfold Path that leads
to the transcending of suffering.

This indeed is a safe refuge,
it is the refuge supreme.
It is the refuge whereby one is
freed from all suffering.

from Bhikkhu Bodi, from Access to Insight

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