I’m going to be doing a post soon on my experience of Refuge Ngondro, but I should probably go over some thoughts on refuge in the three jewels first.
One Thing You Should Know
Since I practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, most of my thoughts on refuge will be colored by this perspective, according to the stages of the path teachings of Dipankara Shrijana (Lama Atisha) and Losang Drakgpa (Lama Tsongkhapa).
This means most of this will be colored by views on rebirth. Not every tradition emphasizes rebirth as strongly. You can read a post that Deb did on rebirth from the view of the wonderful Theravada tradition, called Preservation of the Teachings and Birth/Rebirth Continue reading