By Richard Sherburne
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Vehicle of the Perfections PART ONE Higher Conduct CHAPTER 1 The Triple Refuge I II THE TRIPLE REFUGE A B c v VI Sa 25 27 27 27 First Interpretation Second Interpretation Third Interpretation KINDS OF WORSHIP 28 A 28 28 28 29 29 29 31 32 B IV Page 24 SEVENFOLD WORSHIP: THE GOOD PRACTICE III Stanza 7 With Pleasing Objects 1 Actually present 2 Created by mind Meditative Worship 1 Sevenfold Worship 2 Supreme Worship a With objective-basis b Without objective-basis THE HEART OF ENLIGHTENMENT 8b 34 NOT TURNING BACK 8b 34 REFUGE-TAKING 9 35 A Mahayana Candidate B Preparation of Place c Ceremony of Petition D The Training Involved 35 36 37 38 1 The Triple Refuge The Triple Refuge Going for refuge to the Three Jewels is the entrance portal, so to speak, to the great city of Liberation, and the foundation of the Thought of Enlightenment.
They say that the "fr~grances" and "vessels of powder" [in the sixth verse] are included under unguents and incense; and that the "special arrays" [ofthe sixth verse] are to be made out of each of the above items as well as things not [explicitly] stated there. Third Interpretation And other learned Gurus interpret the Worship as sevenfold by summarising them as Seven Limbs which comprise Meditative [281a] Worship. " These [three interpretations] are in no way contradictory, and one can take whichever one prefers.
With Pleasing Objects Worship of Pleasing Objects can be  either of things actually at hand, or  of things created by the mind. Things ac~ually at hand can be kinds of flowers, incense, music, a kingdom or one's precious gems. Or they can be one's own mind and its basis, or a son, daughter, wife, or servants and the like. Things created by the mind are all those most excellent things of the universe which have no earthly owners and cannot be appropriated by anyone- the kinds of things mentioned in the Cloud of Jewels Siitra, the Garland of Thought Tantra, the Seal, Worship, and Centre of Concentration Siitra, the Flaming Jewel; and the Progress in Practice.