Refuge [ref-yooj]–noun1. shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm.2. anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.
In the beginning of the Week 3 talk of their ongoing Tricycle Retreat, "Letting Go," Pamela Gayle White and Khedrub Zangmo discuss "Taking Refuge." Taking Refuge, which usually takes place in a lay or monastic ordination ceremony, is how one officially "becomes a Buddhist." What exactly is it that Buddhists take refuge in? The Three Jewels—The Buddha, The Dharma, and the Sangha.
Pemela and Khedrub explain,