Then the Bhagavat said to Aṅgulimâla, "Come, Aṅgulimâla ! Hurry, become a renunciate and take the threefold refuge !"
Then Aṅgulimâla replied to the Bhagavat, uttering these verses,"This way (yâna) is the Great Way,
also called 'unimpeded awareness/ Knowing';
it is the single way, the sole refuge,
for the Tathâgata is the ultimate refuge.
The Dharma and the Buddha are one thing,
the Tathâgata is the dharma-kâya;
the Saṅgha is the Tathâgata's name,
the Saṅgha itself is the Tathâgata.
The Dharma and the Saṅgha are refuges of expedience,
the Tathâgata is the ultimate refuge of non-expedience;
the Tathâgata is the refuge of those without a refuge,
for that reason I take refuge in the Tathâgata.
Just as those who need to eat hiṅgu should eat hiṅgu,
but if they throw away the hiṅgu and don't eat the hiṅgu preparation,
people in the world won't help themselves and cure their sickness:
even a thousand doctors couldn't cure such impoverished worldlings.
Likewise, those who reject the single refuge
and have recourse to the refuges of expediency,
are thus no different from gnats:
even a thousand buddhas couldn't cure them."
In other words, those who think the refuges are three and not one, don't really understand the Tathagatha!