I should emphasize that for beginners, becoming a good person is more important than faith in the Three Jewels. It is more important to become a fundamentally good and decent person than to cultivate one’s faith in the sources of refuge. This is one of the implications of the often-repeated statement: “The preliminaries are more profound than the main practice.”
In any case, we need to establish a stable foundation for all subsequent spiritual development. Without this stable foundation, with an unstable foundation or even worse, no foundation at all, it is impossible for any authentic development to really occur. So therefore, I think this is important.
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