The Three Juwels and our ultimate destination
Buddha is who we really are. Of course Buddha Shakyamuni was a historical personality who lived more than 2500 years ago: Prince Siddharta who attained enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings and became Buddha (Skr. fully Awakened) Shakyamuni.
But Buddha means so much more! The potential fo all sentient beings is Buddha. That does not mean that we are Buddha already. It is our essence, our seed dozing inside of us well hidden which needs to be awakened. To awaken it, make it alive, to let the sun within grow to its full strength, to attain awakening.
Buddha is who we really are, just as the perfection of this seed sleepin within, hidden of and in all our neurosis and games we constantly pursue to protect this “I”.
When we take refuge in Buddha we are taking refuge in this potential within, our Buddha wihtin and promise to awaken it from its deep sleep, become Buddha ourselves.