A Hundred Blazing Lights: Chapter Three

Tāranātha starts the common preliminaries explanations with a short detailed section on the Jonang master, Kunpang Chenpo who compiled the seventeen lineages of Kālacakra and six-yogas. This chapter is divided into seven sections:

  1. the difference between worldly and supraworldly refuge, which involves a detailed discussion of the meaning of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha;
  2. the reasons to go for refuge;
  3. how refuge protects;
  4. the measure of having gone for refuge, this is a discussion of the four specific measures that one has actually taken refuge;
  5. the benefits of having gone for refuge, in this and next life;
  6. the training precepts of refuge;
  7. the difference between hinayana, mahayana and secret mantrayana refuges.