# 皈依 : 涅槃寂灭从皈依起

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49B 15'24" ~ 16'39"Vol 7 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P24-LL2
English Lamrim Vol 1 P204

# 【The Precepts of Refuge】 –  nirvana starts from taking refuge

The very beginning to ultimately solving all problems starts where?  It starts with refuge, starts with refuge.  Now this principle is very plain, very clear because we can feel this ourselves at anytime; why do we go for refuge?  This is because we know that the world is full of suffering.  Therefore, what is nirvana?  It is the ultimate cessation of suffering.  It is that clear.  With such cause, you will obtain such fruit!  Through this motivation in your mind, you recognize this zealous desire in your mind, and then you will strive step by step to obtain it.  In order to obtain it, you must act accordingly.  To act accordingly means to uphold the vows, all the vows.  As you have received the vows, you have obtained the substance of the vows.  The substance of the vows is the basis.  From this basis, therefore, the foundation to the five attributes of the wisdom body (dharmakaya) is the vows.  Through the vows you obtain concentration, then wisdom and then liberation.  The views of liberation is obtained this way.  The order is so clear, so excellent!  It is so excellent!  Therefore, think about the merits obtained through refuge, it is certainly immeasurable!