Reply To: Jambūdīpa – what it really means


y not said: But speaking of ‘taking refuge’ : I found myself reflecting precisely on this ‘taking refuge’ matter last night.It is said: 1) Take refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. and also 2) take only yourself as a refuge; take no other as a refuge (and that includes The Buddha, IT WOULD APPEAR).

You are right. Glad to note that you were also reflecting it yesterday night on the same topic. As explained by Buddha, it is always

“Attā hi attanō nāthō
kō hi nāthō parō siyā
attanā hi sudanténa
nāthan labhati dullabhan”

“One indeed is one’s own refuge
how can another be a refuge to one?
one reaches salvation by purifying one’s mind
getting to refuge (Nibbāna) is rare”

Lal has explained efficiently in