Refuge – what does the word mean in terms of dharma; and what does dharma mean? Dharma—or chö—means as it is. As it is is actuality, and to ‘take refuge’ means to establish confidence in actuality.
To take refuge is not to seek safety and assurances. It is to acknowledge that any form of security is illusory. The pursuit of security is the root of our dualistic dilemma. To live this view in every moment is the goal of practice.
p85, Rays of the Sun, Ngakpa Chögyam, Aro Books worldwide, 2010, ISBN 978-1-898185-06-2