Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels

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In Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels (Skt. Triśaraṇagamana; Tib. གསུམ་ལ་སྐྱབས་སུ་འགྲོ་བ།, Wyl. gsum la skyabs su ‘gro ba) the venerable Shariputra wonders how much merit accrues to someone who takes refuge in the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. He therefore seeks out the Buddha Shakyamuni and requests a teaching on this topic. The Buddha proceeds to describe how even vast offerings, performed in miraculous ways, would not constitute a fraction of the merit gained by someone who takes refuge in the Three Jewels.[1]


The Sanskrit version of this sutra is no longer extant, and it seems to have never been translated into Chinese.

The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Kangyur, Toh 225


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.