Q4: Who can take refuge in the Three Jewels?Regardless of whether one is a human being, celestial being, god, ghost, or animal, all can take refuge in the Three Jewels. Buddhism welcomes all those who are resolved to take refuge in the Triple Gems. This is in the same way that all children who have reached the school age can enter elementary school, regardless of whether they be rich or poor, smart or unintelligent, good looking or ugly.
In addition, regardless of whether you have already believed in Buddhism, are willing to believe in Buddhism, take a "wait-and-see attitude" outside the door of Buddhism, or even believe in another religion, you can still come to take refuge in the Three Jewels.
Q1: Does taking refuge in Buddhism automatically render me a monastic?
Q2: Why do we receive a Dharma name after the refuge-taking ceremony?
Q3: What do we take the Three Refuges?
Q4: Who can take refuge in the Three Jewels?
Q5: Will those who have not formally taken refuge in the Three Jewels have any merits when chanting Buddhist scriptures or the Buddha's name?
Q6: After taking refuge in Buddhism, is it necessary to set up a Buddhist hall or a Buddha statue at home?
Q7: How does taking refuge in the Three Jewels affect our daily lives?
Q8: Does one have to take refuge in the Three Jewels in order to formally become a Buddhist?
Q9: How many times can a Buddhist take refuge?
Resource: Dharma Drum Singapore
Editing: Keith Brown, YKL