The purpose of this meditation is to generate the strong feeling of taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and then to meditate on this in light of the advantages of cherishing others.

I began with breathing meditation and then moved on to the main meditation.

I started by thinking about the spiritual darkness of future lives and the fact that I could die at any time. I then thought about what it means to go for refuge. I thought about the benefits of going for refuge, and how I can make my life truly meaningful if I go to the Three Jewels with all my heart.

I thought about these things for a while and slowly I felt a real movement in my heart – moving towards Buddha. I felt like I was being enfolded in his love and protection, and I focused on this feeling for a long while. It felt very comforting and safe (compared to the previous two meditations).

After a while I wanted to see what this means in light of the advantages of self-cherishing.

It seemed to me that going for refuge was the principal way of making my life meaningful and being of benefit to others. Although there are countless other living beings, my cherishing of them begins with my going for refuge to the Three perfect Jewels. With this in mind, I returned to my feeling of being enfolded and protected by Buddha himself, and how this is the starting point for my universal cherishing.

Dedication

May all living beings find their refuge in the Three Jewels, and quickly attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Practice in the Meditation Break

I will try to remain mindful of my refuge, and go for refuge throughout the day and night.