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Worldly teachers will let you down,
but the world-transcended Buddhas’
pure blessings will never let you down –
thus should you take refuge in the Buddhas.

Worldly teachings will let you down,
but the world-transcending Dharma’s
perfect advice will never let you down –
thus should you take refuge in the Dharma.

Worldly friends will let you down,
but the world-transcended Arya Sangha’s*
spiritual friendship will never let you down –
thus should you take refuge in the Arya Sangha.

– Shilashanti

* Enlightened community

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