I'm returning to DW with my tail between my legs after having argued a bit with Tilt about the idea of taking refuge in oneself.
I just read this from HH 17th Karmapa:
How we come down to the real meaning, the whole point, of what I am saying here. It is that I am my own refuge, I am my own protector. Nobody can actually give me protection. I must help myself by clearly understanding what I have to take up and what I have to get rid of. I have to find this out myself and then do it, and that the true practice of Dharma. It is through the practice of Dharma that I create the causes and conditions for my own happiness and for achieving wisdom, compassion, and the ability to help others. Entire article
And there we have it. I tried to find the previous thread where Tilt brought it up and I can't find it, but I think the idea is worthy of its own thread.
Does anyone else find this interesting? When I first read about taking refuge in my own self, I thought that sounded so wild! I mean, me?? I'm the deluded one. But from a certain angle this makes sense, too. Any thoughts, opinions, or suttas are appreciated.