Khöndung Asanga Vajra Sakya Rinpoche
Refuge (Part IV) - Benefits of Taking Refuge
To speak of the benefits of taking refuge, there are two kinds of benefits:
The precepts of refuge states that once you take refuge in the Buddha, you must never take refuge in worldly gods or beings and you must never accept them as your spiritual guide.
So now that we have established the causes for taking refuge, we must now think of the object of refuge.
All sentient beings have the essence of the Tathagata within them but it is not sufficient to just have the essence of the Buddha nature.